A Flash of Hex (Osi) Mass Market Paperback – May 26, 2009
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About the Author
- Publisher : Ace; 1st Printing edition (May 26, 2009)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0441017231
- ISBN-13 : 978-0441017232
- Item Weight : 6.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.2 x 1.01 x 6.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,070,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Don't get me wrong, I am always on the lookout for new authors; personally some of these books (this one included) actually feel like they were written to take advantage of the urban fantasy "gold rush" instead of writing creative fantasy for the readers.
I found the main character Tess clueless, shallow and concerned more about fashion then solving a crime. The storyline didn't have enough paranormal or intrigue to keep my attention and interest. There really wasn't enough substance in the storyline to draw me in, stand out or make me want to read it.
This series feels so blasé and passionless to me, therefore I have decided not to continue reading this series.
There’s a dark serial killer on the loose, ritualistically preying on children of mages. But what is the ritual? And who (or what?) in the world would do something like this?
First of all, you have to start on book one. While I think you could follow along with the plot just fine and not be lost, the characters will make so much more sense if you read from the beginning. This series is like a cross between Jim Butcher and a CSI show, so if you are into any of those things, check these out!
As I said, these are a little dark for my tastes, but the characters are fantastic. Tess is a great character, as is her quasi-partner Derrick, their Mia (just read the books…)…and the supporting characters are great too. All are written well and add to the story – and a very diverse group, too!
While there are a few moments where the plot and world system is a little confusing, for the most part, it is well explained and makes great sense. I love the CORE (the CSI group), especially as we get to see more of it in this book. I’m very much looking forward to reading the next book and I highly recommend them if you can stomach some darkness! Also – not PG warning – there are some romantic relationships that could have skimmed a little more in my opinion. I’m not a big fan of the steamy romance scenes – thankfully, they are few and far between.
I’m really enjoying this series and can’t wait to read the next! I’ll go 8.5 of 10 overall and 3.5 of 5 for readability.
Book 2 of Tess Corday, Occult Special Investigator
This is not a spoiler free review.
I wasn't impressed with the first book in this series but decided to soldier on anyway and read book 2. It was little disconcerting because I felt like I was reading an entirely different series. The characters and universe were all indeed the same as the first book but the tone seemed so much lighter that I kept wondering if I misremembered the first book and went back to refresh my memory. I didn't imagine it. There are still grisly murders and crime scenes but we see more of Tess' home life with her gay BFF Derrick and their newly adopted teen, Mia from book one. Derrick gets an unbelievably hunky and adorable boyfriend with and equally adorable dog. Tess' reluctant relationship with necromancer Lucian progresses. There is much more light banter and the entire feel of the story is just less foreboding than the first one.
With a new boss, the team tackles the case kicked off in the first chapter much more competently than in the first book. It is also much more of a team effort with Tess, Derrick, Mikes (consultant and eventually Derrick's boyfriend) and even Lucian all contributing to the effort. There is certainly enough procedural plot to fill the book but it is mostly forgettable. Unfortunately, when the most interesting parts of the book are the minor / side characters and the book is essentially about Tess solving crimes, it doesn't give one much reason to continue reading the series.
The second installment was in many ways better than the first but not good enough to convince me to invest the time in the third book.
Top reviews from other countries
But... the end is daft with the final showdown relying in part on an untested, stroppy, anti-establishment teenage down-and-out, and with a 13 or 14 year old being the first to reach our heroine at the end, despite a complete lock down on the site and a circle of battle mages just outside to contain things (I think - it's a few days since I read this now). Our heroine's boss seems to indulge her in anything, including turning a blind eye to a totally forbidden, "go-there-and-you're-out" relationship, and even making the aforementioned 13 or 14 year old part of the final battle team, just so she doesn't feel left out. Lucian, the lurve interest, who was interestingly bad and generally feared in book one, seems to have morphed into the sort of chap you'd happily introduce to your mother, and the ending is ever so slightly and-they-all-lived-happily-ever-after'ish.
Still, I'll probably give the next a try, and if you don't mind suspending credulity slightly more than usual for reading urban fantasy, then this is okay.
Tess is still working with her best friend/partner Derrick, this time trying to solve the case of a serial killer targeting children of mage families. She can't seem to stay away from the enigmatic necromancer Lucian, with whom her relationship develops further in this book.
Tess has to delve into her past to help solve the case so we found out more about her family. The story is fast paced and well written. A great urban fantasy with a strong female character with just the right amount of humour and 'love' interest. Would highly recommend to people who enjoy Kim Harrison, Mercy Thompson series etc.