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Children of the Night: A Diana Tregarde Investigation Paperback – July 28, 2005
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“Mercedes Lackey's work is as sharp--and as scary--as the suddenly revealed fang of a vampire. She'll keep you up long past your bedtime.” ―Stephen King
“Diana Tregarde is an intelligent and resourceful entrant in the [dark fantasy] field--with a most charming and unusual associate.” ―C. J. Cherryh on Children of the Night
“A very enjoyable thriller with a sense of humor.” ―Locus on Children of the Night
“[The heroine has] a wry, practical sense of humor. Further pluses include an almost complete lack of sexual stereotyping or politics. Anyone who likes their supernatural yarns laced with intelligence will find this novel more than satisfying.” ―Dragon magazine on Burning Water
“The characters, love triangles, and action will hook the reader immediately. The plot weaves a magic spell of its own. This is a hard one to put down, and readers will clamor for the rest of the series.” ―Booklist on Jinx High
About the Author
Mercedes Lackey is the author of the bestselling Valdemar series, the Obsidian Trilogy (The Outstretched Shadow, To Light a Candle, and When Darkness Falls), the Enduring Flame trilogy (The Phoenix Unchained, The Phoenix Endangered, and The Phoenix Transformed), and the Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms. She has written many other books, including Trio of Sorcery, Phoenix and Ashes, Sacred Ground, The Firebird, The Fairy Godmother, and Alta. Lackey is the co-author, with Andre Norton, of the Halfblood Chronicles, including Elvenborn. Mercedes Lackey was born in Chicago and graduated from Purdue University. She has worked as an artist's model, a computer programmer, and for American Airlines, and has written lyrics and recorded more than fifty songs. She lives in Oklahoma.
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The secondary characters are very well fleshed out, and I fell in love with Andre' and was hoping for a romance between him and Diana.
Not that there is much time for romance when you are both a "guardian", and a romance writer! Not only does Di have a deadline to meet for her current serial romance book, but something is killing people and eating their souls! If that's not
bad enough, her ex lover is back in town, up to his eyeballs in trouble of the magical kind, and asking for Di's help!
What's a guardian to do?
That's the million dollar question, and Diana better find the answer fast, or, she and her friends are gonna find themselves in deep kimshe!
Still the writing is wonderful and evocative. I love Ms. Lackey's technique. She pulls you into the story and holds your attention, painting pictures with her words.
Fluff, yes, and not well written fluff either, as another reviewer noted. As I read it, I thought that this author knew very little about anything she was writing about so just included code words and things from books/tv to try to give it a flavor (as in the NYC cabbie who says "where to, Mack?" seriously? I couldn't believe I just read that). It was about as trite as the romance novel the heroine was writing. But I read it through, and decided I don't need to read more books in this series.
Those who like chick lit type of urban fantasy may like this, and I suppose it might be notable because I believe it was written before urban fantasy like that was all the rage, but overall, not my thing at all. I guess it was ok for the $2 I paid for it, but for those who might want to check it out, I'd suggest the library.
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Di, the heroine, spends all of her time patting herself on the back for being a witch and a feminist in an oppressive world (1970s New York,...Read more