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The Touch of Twilight (Sign of the Zodiac, Book 3) Mass Market Paperback – May 27, 2008

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Book 3 of 6 in the Signs of the Zodiac Series

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“Pettersson’s paranormal world is as original as it is compelling. The action comes fast and furious. Like Las Vegas itself, this is an adventure that’ll keep you up all night.” (Kelley Armstrong)

“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)

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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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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (May 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060898933
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060898939
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,258,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've enjoyed this series since its beginnings, and the third installment doesn't disappoint, despite a few nagging issues that have been pretty much present since book one.

The good:
- More is revealed about Zane and his fascinating post as the comic book artist/archivist. The comics-as-superhero-history angle in Pettersson's series is a great touch, and its very satisfying to see more about the comics and Zane revealed in "Touch."
- The significance of the third "sign" and how it ended up playing out at the climax was pretty much a complete surprise that I did not see coming at all. Pettersson does a very good job of building suspense yet hiding her cards.
- Lots of great Vegas flavor throughout, and as always, the author gives us glimpses of the city that a tourist would know little about.
- Joanna still has a lot of bravado and impulsiveness, but she appears to be getting better about knowing when she's really messed something up. She's also playing nicer with others. In particular, I loved the unique partnership that is forged between her and Chandra, the would-be Archer she was so unkind to in book 1. Chandra is a character who becomes really well-developed in "Touch," and now I can't wait to see more of her in future books.
- Another great new character: Skamar! I wonder what Skamar will be up to in the next book...
- A painful decision Joanna makes at the end of the book show that she really has matured and is ready to move past certain personal roadblocks.

The bad:
- Pettersson knows how to create a very unique and fascinating fantasy world, but in all 3 books theres a sense of over-reaching, at times. Scenes and phenomenon are described that I can barely get a mental grasp on.
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I loved the first book and rushed to buy the second. I really liked the second and quickly bought the third. This is where my love-affair with the series hit a major wall.

Joanna/Olivia just isn't likable in this book. She spends all her time moping over Ben and Regan and can't seem to focus on the important things. Like the major threat to her life and the 9 year old girl who is dying because of Joanna's actions.

I got so sick of reading about "Ben and Regan" on it seems like every page. Give it a rest! You would think Joanna would have learned a lesson about obsession (and Regan) in book 2, but no, here she goes again... (sigh)

The only redeeming factor - and the only reason I will probably read book 4 when it comes out - is that Regan seems to be (sort-of) out of the picture and Joanna finally does the right thing about Ben.
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Our heroine, Joanna Archer, the Light Sagittarius, comes from a lineage of superheroines. Though if you didn't know that, you should probably read the first two books or you're just going to run into a pile of spoilers.

Touch of Twilight focuses largely on girl fights and how women fight, which is perhaps why a number of other reviewers commented on the lack of action. Regan, the Shadow Cancer, has stolen Joanna's identity, man, and life as of the end of the last book. This book focuses on the two women taunting each other. Regan has everything, but Joanna is constantly watching. The battle heats up when Joanna finds cracks in Regan's heart and targets the things she loves. It's a battle of trying to push your opponent to despair rather than a battle of physical pain. It's the way women are taught to fight, attacking what's dear to a foe's heart, and Pettersson acknowledges this, which makes her world that much more believable.

Meanwhile, having lost her human identity, Joanna is in peril of losing her superhero identity as an unknown doppelganger has appeared. If Joanna doesn't solve her double's riddle soon, the doppelganger will eat her heart and assume her identity. This may or may not have something to do with Jasmine the Changeling who it turns out Jo accidentally "broke." The Tulpa, head of the Shadows, is equally afraid of the doppelganger taking over, as it seems to possess abilities he can't match.

Speaking of girl fights, just as Joanna and Chandra (her rival for her place within the superhero troop) might be moving to an understanding, the new Light Libra, Kimber, gets her nose out of joint about Joanna's position in the zodiac.

On the romantic end, Joanna cleaves to her dream of being with Ben, who thinks she's abandoned him.
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This is the third book in Pettersson's 'Signs of the Zodiac' series. I haven't read either of the previous books and right from the outset that was a significant problem. The backstory given was dribbled out piecemeal and I was often confused by events and situations. Pettersson has clearly built a complex world in the previous two novels and as a new reader dropped into the middle of it I found it all too much and was tempted many times to stop reading.

Joanne Archer is a strange mix of Light and Shadow - her father is the dark lord of Shadow and yet she works on the side of the Light. Set in Las Vegas the story has good action and a varied cast of characters, including a Doppelgänger for Joanne who is with her boyfriend Ben. Joanne's an interesting character, a mix of strength and vulnerability, and someone who has had her life turned upside down in the last year as she's discovered she is one of a group of people who have to battle against the shadow side. There are parts of the book that drag interspersed with good action, Joanne can come across as a bit of a whiner who's spending far too much time on the men in her life and not enough on saving the world, but overall it's an interesting urban fantasy book - but definitely rewards knowledge of the previous books in the series!

Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book © Helen Hancox 2008
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