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I never felt a connection with Samantha, the main character and some of her actions and her attitude took me by surprise. I wanted to smack her when she pulled this “You are only here by my sufferance” type of talk involving two non-human cops who are trying to help her. She can banish “Others” back to where they belong. Just where is that?
I had enjoyed many books in her Zoe Martinique series, but I have to say between the lack of world and character building and the grammatical errors, this whole thing needs a good editor and revisions.
Both love interests are barely fleshed out, and the protagonist is actually uninterested in hanging out, spending time, collaborating or cooperating with either of them.
It's a shame because the idea of most characters is interesting. It's the execution that lacks. The mystery would be good, and poignant, if only the writing had been better.
Our protagonist Samantha is grating on the nerves. She's snappish and nasty when it is completely unnecessary.
Samantha owns a magic shop in New Orleans.
Samantha's non magically gifted boyfriend is injured and poisoned by a changeling.
Her only hope to save him is dropped in her lap by her ex lover. There is a spell to treat the toxin but he insists that she mustn't perform it as it would cause her harm and he 'can't allow that.' He then tells her he is only telling her of the existence of this spell because she would somehow figure this out on her own and he doesn't want her hurt.
Please stop peeing on my leg and telling me it is raining. I sincerely doubt that our oh, so marvelous heroine would figure it out in the short time our victims have left to live. Bullpuckey. We needed a way to make our girl use Arcane magic which supposedly harms/'changes' its users.
This one is a big nope.
The pacing of the novel is good, characters are introduced and fleshed out to just the right level throughout the book. There is no big introduction glut and you feel like you have just the right information about each. It's a great cast of characters, that compliment each other without being stereo types and I get the feeling there is lots more to learn about them.
The lead character is Sam is well rounded and has her flaws, but these serve to make her more believable and as a bonus she's a kick ass heroine who can look after herself (think a bit of Kate Daniels, a bit Secret McQueen) but she doesn't take herself too seriously for the most part
I really enjoyed the twists and loops of the plot, and there are plenty of them - in fact there will be more than one occasion where you will think you've worked it out, but you're probably wrong
The world and magic rules are delightfully different and new and this really helps with separating this book from others, it's both modern and traditional and blends new and old rules in some marvellous ways.
The only down side, I had to spend time looking up pronunciations for a lot of the names, traditional spellings don't make for easy reading - but it's easily solved by a quick google
So you've got great characters, interesting plot and a brave new world - what's not to love. I really enjoyed this and will definitely be coming back for more