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City of Souls Mass Market Paperback – June 30, 2009
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About the Author
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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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! I don't even know how to react to that! There's still two books left! How is that going to work!?
In the end, City of Souls is my favorite of the series. It was full of surprises, and some great, creepy world building. There's betrayal and revenge, romance and heartbreak! And I'm prepared for 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?
After Vanessa is brutally attacked and disfigured, Jo is told to go seek Midheaven to find Jaden Jacks to fix the changeling. Right Now. And then booted out of a moving vehicle as Warren does not want her around to attract the Shadows attention.
There's no help from the Master Comics crew or Skamar, but she miraculously finds her way into the land of myth and legend anyway. Which might have qualified as a victory if things weren't so confusing and hard to follow when she got there. The downstairs is a typical Western saloon, but I'm baffled at the layout of the upstairs, which becomes greatly important to understanding the action. It's a rare complaint for me to say this about any author, much less one who usually writes so vividly, but the description was simply lacking and nothing made much sense.
After verifying that JJ is not and has never been in Midheaven, Jo returns. But Warren sends her back again, insisting that JJ is there and that only he has the answer she needs. And Jo, for some unexplained reason, becomes convinced he's correct in spite of her own experiences. And goes back just to be followed by JJ, which proves to be pointless as far as getting a straight answer to her question.
With Ben out of the picture, Jo tries to reignite Hunter's interest in her, with mixed results. He has Dark Matters that preoccupy him and draw him away. And Regan returns to ruin it all as best she can because she's good at her job even with her skin falling off. (Note: for some reason Pettersson spends this book convinced that Regan is a Leo despite previous books stating she's a Cancer and Lindy is a Leo. It adds to my confusion and makes me doubt the author when such a basic important character fact is suddenly wrong.)
It's worth reading for the Hunter & Jo and Regan & Jo bits, and to establish something of Midheaven, which will certainly reappear. However, it's nowhere near the best, and feels very much like either the editor or author didn't care.
I kind of hated it.
The whole thing with trying to fix Jasmine - why couldn't that have been wrapped up in the last book?
The freaky weirdness of Midheaven. Time stands still there and let me tell you, it stood still while I was reading that part, too. I can see where Pettersson was heading and what she was trying to do, but it flopped in terms of reading it.
The whole thing with Hunter. Hmmmm.
Suzanne and Cher provide comic relief again. More people are found to be who they're not. And the Tulpa, who is so scary to everyone, continues to let Joanna live.
I think it's still an important book to read for the series, but you might hate yourself for doing it.