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City of Souls (Sign of the Zodiac, Book 4) Mass Market Paperback – June 30, 2009
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Joanna broke her changeling in the last book and because of that the Manuals of Light can't be written and the Light agents have lost all their safe zones. Needless to say the Agents of Light are in serious trouble. Warren tells Joanna that she better fix it ASAP and hints that Joanna will find her answers in Midland and that she should find the new tulpa (her doppelganger from the last book).
First for the good stuff. It was cool to learn more about Midland. It was also nice to have the doppelganger involved more. A lot of the plot elements relating to how the changelings affect the Agents' powers were really interesting.
Joanna screws up a lot in this book. Those who thought she was changing as a character in the third book will be disappointed. Even worse is the fact that many of the Agents of Light are not what they appear to be. By the end of the book I felt like there were no Agents of Light. I thought many of the characters acted very out of character; there weren't really any characters that I liked by the end of the book. The deal with Joanna and Hunter was kind of whacked; I can't say more without revealing spoilers. Also I thought it was odd how Joanna is trying to convincingly play Olivia's lifestyle in the beginning of the book but then she (kind of) forgets about being Olivia. There were some small parts where she has to "act like" Olivia; but there aren't really any repercussions for her walking out on the bachelorette party in the beginning or of her doing any other un-Olivia actions.Read more ›
A lot of City of Souls is set in Midheaven. I won't even go into how Joanna magically figured out how to get there, but I will say that this place is screwed up. Not only does it require a piece of your soul to enter, but nothing there comes free. All Joanna wants is some information, but she's got to play for it. Anything you want has to be won over poker, but they don't deal in money. The bets are all powers, and Joanna's ignorance shows once again, since she doesn't know what most of the symbols mean and just bets away random bits of herself. Oh, and don't drink anything. Water, booze, nothing! Even though you'll slowly die of thirst. Literally.
Outside of Midheaven, City of Souls is full of betrayals. I was honestly shocked at everything that happened within the last few chapters. There's a traitor in the troop, and I couldn't even believe they'd do that. Of course, Warren takes care of it, but I trust him even less now, too! He's always so evasive in his answers, but he just gone too far now! And that twist when Joanna figures out how to save Jasmine...messed up!Read more ›
The book was written well, not jumping around too much or lacking a time line etc. It just did not keep me wanting to turn the page. I would read some each evening, but I did not think about getting back to the book during the rest of the day. I simply read it because it was there.
I was not really wowed or impressed or even mildly interested with anything in the story line. I actually found the great and lengthy description of the "women upstairs", the "slowness", the men, and most all other aspects of the other dimension long and tedious. It added nothing for me. I think that other dimension could have been very exciting and added to the book, but for me it just sucked the life out of the story. I thought the lantern notion was a good one, but more of an afterthought and not at all expanded on.
Not sure if I will try the next installment. I am somewhat curious (like watching a train wreck I suppose) at how the storyline will work with no super powers. Wasn't that the point?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like the Zodiac series. I am still in the middle of the book but so far enjoying it.Published 22 months ago by Kat
Loved this book I love Joanna. The storyline is amazing and love the conversations and word play. Amazing book and amazing seriesPublished on April 2, 2014 by lacy hall
A lot of suspense from start to finish. There are no slow parts to this book or any book in the series.Published on March 27, 2014 by Sherry Parker
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This is one of those series that I'm glad so many of the books were already written before I started reading it. I've gone from book to book, reading addictively for the last week. Read morePublished on November 18, 2013 by Think about this
I just finished this book. It was very climactic with a betrayal I NEVER saw coming!!! When books can shock you like that that means its excellent! Read this book! Read morePublished on October 16, 2013 by Hannah Gray
This was one of the best books in the series, so far. A bit slow in some spots, but the overall plot line and surprise ending made up for that. Looking forward to the next one!Published on August 28, 2013 by Lea