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Artificial Light: The Spectrum Trilogy Book 2 Paperback – January 13, 2012
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Artificial Light picks up shortly after where The Darkness leaves off. Artemisia, the alchemist, has turned her attention to a convicted doctor guilty of many immoral acts. His most significant offense is that he's learned how to reincarnate a human soul into a newborn's body. While she is busy assimilating Skyward's newest acquisition into the research organization, Innana is making plans to avenge the deaths of her loved ones. The path set in motion by her genetically-engineered son brings the sorceress in contact with a female, supernatural force to be reckoned with. As these two ambitious women attempt to manage their extraordinary lives, fate plays out in the lives of many others all brought together for truth, discovery, remorse, and vengeance.
This book is an expanded universe of what Ms. Connor began in the The Darkness. She takes it all to the next level by introducing many new characters who are interconnected. Her settings travel from the Middle East to Medieval Europe with a diverse cast reflecting cultures from all over the world. My favorite is Kenya, a bright detective who shines throughout the novel. The author effortlessly bounces back and forth between science and magic, demonstrating proof that this young woman does her homework. Once you begin reading, you will honestly have a hard time putting the book down. What was really awesome about the story was how she was able to weave in a reference to one of her short stories from And They All Live Happily Ever After. And, this happened to be one of my favorite tales from that collection.
This book will definitely win you over as a Crystal Connor fan, if you haven't become one by now.
Not to give too much away, the science part involves the "transitioning" of memories at the point of death into newborns and the chapters that cover these children are some of the best and, at times, heart-wrenching scenes I have read - EVER!!
With The Darkness Crystal Connor was seen as a promising new arrival on the scene, with Artificial Light she becomes the real deal, a definite star of the future. (And she still writes better dog characters the Dean Koontz)
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