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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books; Reissue edition (March 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060898925
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060898922
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,098,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The Scent of Shadows came out of nowhere and slapped me silly. … You’re going to love this.” (Kim Harrison)

“...Read at your own risk —it’ll keep you up past your bedtime.” (Charlaine Harris)

About the Author

Vicki Pettersson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sign of the Zodiac novels, a six-book urban fantasy series set in her hometown of Las Vegas. Though she'll always consider that glittering dust bowl home, she now divides her time between Vegas and Dallas, where she's learning to like good Tex-Mex (easy) and the Dallas Cowboys (easier than you'd think).


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Vicki Pettersson is the New York Times bestselling author of the 'Signs of the Zodiac' series, which features reluctant superhero, Joanna Archer, and is set in her hometown of Las Vegas.

Her Celestial Blues 'para-noir' series features a P.I/angel from the 50's who pairs up with a modern-day rockabilly reporter. Together, they fight crime. Those books are The Taken, The Lost, and The Given (out in 2014).

Though she'll always consider Sin City her home, she now divides her time between Vegas and Dallas, Texas, where she's learning to like good Tex-Mex (easy) and the Dallas Cowboys (easier than you'd think).

For more information on Vicki's books, please visit: http://vickipettersson.com/

Customer Reviews

Great followup to the first book of the series.
Marty
In all a great read and I can not wait to see what happens next.
Michelle Kelly
The story is a mishmash with too many unbelieveable threads.
Debra Roberts

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50 of 55 people found the following review helpful By R. Kyle TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 10, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When I reviewed "Scent of Shadows" the first in Vicki Pettersson's new series about the Zodiac, I saw potential, but felt that first novel needed more editorial and consideration of the world elements before its debut. "Scent of Shadows" just didn't quite live up to its press. I sincerely hoped that Ms. Pettersson's writing would mature as she continued to develop her novels.

I probably should have wished for a winning lottery ticket at the same time, because clearly that was my day to get what I wished for. "Taste of Night" fulfills the promise I hoped for in "Scent of Shadows" and then some.

"Taste of Night" continues the story of Joanna Archer, a young Las Vegas woman who discovered in "Scent of Shadows" that she wasn't her father, billionaire Xavier Archer's, daughter--and she wasn't quite human. Just after that, her younger sister, Olivia, plunges to her death from her highrise apartment in a vicious attack on the two sisters. Joanna wakens in a private hospital wearing her sister Olivia's face and body. She learns that hrough her maternal line, Joanna was destined to become the Archer, a superhero representing the sign of Sagittarius in Light Zodiac Troop 175, which is charged with preserving good in Las Vegas, Nevada. She also learns that her real father is the Tulpa, a created man who leads the Shadows--the dark Zodiac troop in opposition to the Light. This makes Joanna the "Kairos" the first 'sign' of the Zodiac, a being equally of light and shadow who will bring balance to the elements.

Without the somewhat cumbersome burden of first book setup, "Taste" takes off with fireworks--deadly ones, to be precise. The second sign of the Zodiac is plague.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kelly (Fantasy Literature) VINE VOICE on November 7, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
_The Taste of Night_ begins a few months after _The Scent of Shadows_ ended, at a charity date auction where Joanna, masquerading as Olivia, meets a man who gloats that he's uncovered Joanna's secret identity. A fierce battle ensues, breaking the tenuous truce between Light and Shadow, and Joanna also meets a mysterious young Shadow initiate who may be an unlikely ally, or a secret enemy.

I'm really beginning to get a headache trying to keep track of who knows what information about Joanna's identity. Let me see if I've got this straight: The Shadows know the Archer is Joanna, but most of them don't know she's going around as Olivia now. Meanwhile, the heroes of Light know the Olivia identity, but most of them don't realize it's really Joanna. (Despite the fact that the comics call her Joanna.) I can't believe any superhero or supervillain worth his or her salt could miss these connections. It seems way too obvious. As poignant as the Joanna-as-Olivia plotline was in _Scent of Shadows_, it may be time for Joanna to take on a new persona now, because it suspends disbelief to the breaking point that Joanna's identity continues to be a "secret."

Anyway, Joanna's new Shadow acquaintance tips Joanna off to a diabolical plot being hatched by the villains, but Joanna can't figure out how to tell her own troop about it without revealing her illicit battle or her even-more-illicit chat with the Shadow agent.

I began to lose a lot of sympathy for Joanna in this book. Her silence was costly, and her singleminded obsession with her rapist, Joaquin, caused her to lose both common sense and any team spirit she might have had. ("We might have needed you!" complains Warren when Joanna dropped off the radar for a while. "I was safe," is Joanna's only response.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Real Reader on May 28, 2007
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I bought the first and second book in this series on the strength of previous reviews. "The Scent of Shadows" was a 4 star book for originality and pacing, a better read than this second in the series. With the second book, Ms. Pettersson seems to be running out of steam already. Her premise wears mighty thin as the supposedly brilliant and dedicated enemies of "the light" can't figure out the amazingly obvious artifice of "the Archer's" fake identity. And we're treated to a seemingly endless cycle of repetitive actions and last minute rescues of her heroine. How many times can the same thing happen in one book?

Having said that, I didn't hate the book; it's a decent light read, but I'm not sure I'd pick up the third installment.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Rodney on April 1, 2007
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If you want to know what Paris Hilton would be like as a super hero read this book. I read the previous book and loved it but in this book Jo has turned into a air head. She is constantly being saved from some mess she's gotten into.I certainly wouldn't want to be a an innocent by stander around her because innocents are dropping like flies. What type of super hero is she? What really bugged me about this book was she never follows through with or defended her plans. She was just a bubble head through out the book. I will still buy the next book everyone makes mistakes. Buy the book because you'll need it to follow the storyline in future books.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. M. Innis on April 8, 2007
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Okay, so i've finished this one and waiting on the next one already! Personally i love the fact that Joanna is flawed, makes mistakes and wrong moves sometimes outdoes her potential and sometimes falls flat to her own shortcomings. This isn't just another superhero comes up with way to win every situation fantasy but a rich tapestry of individuals trying to work together and sort their desires needs and fears into a fight for good in a city undermined by evil, greed and power, both in their enemies and themselves. the world and the premise might be fantastic, but the characters are real enough to fall, cheer and cry for. Love it!
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