Cosmopolitan: Phantom Queen Book 2 - A Temple Verse Series (The Phantom Queen Diaries) Paperback – June 19, 2018
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- Paperback : 258 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1947709135
- ISBN-13 : 978-1947709133
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Publisher : ARGENTO PUBLISHING (June 19, 2018)
- Product Dimensions : 6 x 0.65 x 9 inches
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #537,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Continuing on, Quinn MacKenna, a black-magic arms dealer from Boston, is having a tough time of things since her accidental “dealings” with Nate. Now Othello wants her to retrieve a magical artifact being brokered in New York, and even called a friend to get her Chancery hearing date delayed so it wouldn’t interfere. And Quinn will soon find that whatever she is after, she is not the only one after it -- and the competition plays really, really rough.
The huge cast of characters we meet is amazing and unforgettable. Many of them already feel like old friends. The story line is perfect and the action non-stop. With the books quickly releasing, don’t let yourself get behind on this series! (I suspect if you try to read too many of these books at once to catch up, something like a magical overdose may occur with unpredictable results, or at least uncontrollable laughter!)
The pacing is still strapped to a rocket, albeit this one has a few engine sputters here and there that allow for moments of development and introspection on Quinn's part as she clings to said rocket from one event to the next with more passengers being piled on at every pit stop. More than a few returning faces from the greater established Templeverse all drop in for this one as the climax sets into motion, and their arrivals are peppered with what read as subtle nods for new readers and bright, flashing neon Vegas style road-signs for those already acquainted with said characters from their original books.
That said however, none of them steal the show away from Quinn at all, and rather just hammering her into an already expansive roster, the differing tones and style by O'Connell help instead shape them all around Quinn and her own story narrative rather well.
As usual, I look forward to seeing what the next installment brings.
While she’s there, Quinn has been asked to check on the missing sister of a girl from the dojo where she does her martial arts training.
The search for the missing girl proves to be almost more dangerous than the quest to retrieve the magical object. In the process of accomplishing her twin objectives, Quinn encounters a couple of the Muses, a large pack of vampires, entire hosts of Angels and Demons, and Johnny Appleseed. Many old friends (or maybe not) from the other series in the Templeverse show up to help (or hinder) her with her projects – especially Alucard the Daywalker vampire and Roland the former Shepherd who is now also a vampire, who help to manage the New York vampires.
Quinn manages to handle everything with her usual pithy comments and her magic deadening field. And in the process, she manages to acquire not one but two new boyfriends and a houseplant.
The story gets a little confusing as it tends to be a little bit busy and involved, but that doesn't stop me from loving it. Cameron is absorbing Shayne's quirky sense of humor and fun which shows quite a bit making it a little difficult to tell who we're reading; Cameron or Shayne. But either way, who cares? The story was fun, even though it took so many turns I got dizzy at times. All in all it was so busy there was no putting it down until I was done. I will say the ending was a bit anticlimactic, which kind of surprised me.
So, on to the next! Can't wait to see what Quinn gets herself into this time! Good work guys!
While I received this as an ARC book, not only am I reviewing this with my own opinions and of my own volition, I also bought it so I have the released copy in my library!
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All in all a great outing by Cameron O'Connell and Shayne Silvers.
Love seeing characters you know from a different angle and hearing a different view of them.
The main character is developing and evolving nicely but with same amount of mystery, twist and turns that you would expect from a Templeverse main character.
Looking forward to books 3 and 4 that I have already pre-ordered based on how good the first two have been
Great book, fast paced but so many funny bits too.
Great to catch up with more of the characters from Templeverse, some good, some not so good.
I can't wait for next week's book.