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It is filled with intrigue, mafia and government officials chasing Sofia Rius and Kyle Norwood, as Kyle tries to protect Sofia from being taken.
He rescues her from the Rue Maca and discovers that he can overcome his prejudice of mutants through his love for her.
Although this is a powerful story of underworld intrigue. A deadly virus and violence. It is also a beautiful love story that brings joy to your heart and a smile to your lips.
I should note that I had not read anything by Kerrion before Carnival Tricks so did not have that vivid construction of her universe to guide me. On the other hand, she made sure that it wasn't totally necessary. It is fine as a standalone book, fitting in characters from the original series as needed to both explain and move the action along. The key characters of this book are one of Zara's employees, a rugged assassin (Kyle) who tries to oversee a simple tech transfer; and a simple weakly-empowered mutant, just a simple barmaid trying to make her way through life (Sofia) but by accident intercepts the tech. From that beginning of spilled beer and spoiled plans, Kyle and Sofia must escape nets cast by federal agencies as well as deadly gangs to figure out what they have and what they must do with it.
While I would have liked more character development, Kerrion's heroine is well-rounded and her settings crisp and pointed. They race in a high stakes game over a genetic time bomb to a satisfying conclusion that the author carries off effortlessly.
While much would be clarified by reading the Double Helix cycle first, I think it's more fun the way I did it.
I should note that the prose is clean, crisp and readable throughout. I did not note a single proofreading flaw. It adds greatly to the pleasure of the book when the author takes such obvious care in its preparation.
I next read this book - Carnival Tricks. The main characters are a young woman of morals with minor telepathic ability caught up inadvertently with one of Zara's mercenaries. A fast-paced story, with government, corporations, and cartels after the chip and its research, it is high octane chase to find out the truth. Sofia is a character with conscience and feels the need to know what it is all about before deciding what to do with what has been dumped on or into her. Kyle, a Three Fates Employee finds himself going along with what Sofia wants, partially out of curiousity, more so because of his fascination with Sofia and his frustration of how good morals lead to constant problems.
Carnival Tricks is aptly named as Sofia feels like she is a failure with her miniscule telepathic abilities that are useless except for small tricks like unlocking handcuffs. Her mercenary protector is prejudiced against all non-humans without realizing he is in love with one. They both have history explaining their personal prejudices which are understandable.
Personal and political conflicts abound yet by the end all the threads come together and the conflicts are resolved. Periphally, Danyael and Zara are part of the story proving a continuity to the Double Helix series. Carnival Tricks is another 5 Star read in my grading system.
I really liked Sofia in this book. She is a very stand up kind of character how is very likable. She struggles with the July 4th incidence, but doesn’t let that stop her from trying to do the right thing, even though it is clear she is in it way over her head! Poor Kyle, he had no idea what he was up against but finds out quickly. He is not your typical strong male lead, but was definitely very likable with his flaws and all. I think it was his flaws that made him more likable and how he had to work through some of them.
This was not my most favorite book in the series but it was very well written and did give more insight on what is going on with my favorite character Danyael.