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Frost & Bothered (Discord Jones) (Volume 4) Paperback – December 19, 2014
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On New Year's Eve 2000, the stroke of midnight returned magic, both light and dark, to the world.
Discordia Jones missed it.
Struck down at that same instant like a cut-rate Cinderella/Sleeping Beauty mash up, she awakened three years later to a far stranger life, and saddled with psychic abilities.
Working as a private investigator for Arcane Solutions only brings on more strangeness.
At least there aren't talking mice...
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No, the concepts are not original. Yes, the lead character is Uber and has loads of specialness heaped on her. Yes, it's all been done before, many times. But I cannot say it's often been done *better*.
When was the last time you read about characters behaved like reasonable, intelligent, ethical people? This writer does not take shortcuts. Her characters don't even know an idiot ball exists, never mind catch one to further the plot. The plots move along on their own organically, but the books remain quick-paced.
All the characters are true to themselves and to their inner lives. The details of the worlds are consistent, the consequences of history and behavior not romanticized. I've read so much crappy urban fantasy looking for exactly this, exactly these books. And they're not overpriced.
This writer is *competent* at her craft, and while that might sound small, a competent writer is not a commonplace thing in today's marketplace.
Ok, brass tacks: the moments where one of the shifters is relaxing, so happy to have access to food from a grocery store. The moments where the protagonist casually, unthinkingly uses TK to stop people on the road from skidding out on the ice. I love these details. Throwaway moments that are the foundations of character and world building.
Been mainlining all the books this weekend. Not sure what I'll do now I'm done with them. Wait for more?
The book felt like it had a bit less depth than previous books, though the overall plot was a bit more far-reaching. There was also considerable dissonance with "Cordi". It's been 8 years since the realms "merged", they "merged" when she was 15, and she was in a coma for 3 of them. That makes her 23, with 5 years "awake". That's plenty of time to get beyond many of her sophomoric emotions, and her very juvenile humor. Enough with the "fits & giggles".
All-in-all, a nice addition to the series, with a star taken often for the "dissonance" -- she has a very responsible & dangerous job, has had to grow up extremely quickly, has a mother that feels like a "free love advocate", and has emotions, especially anything dealing with love interests, like a person in her early teens...
This one has more dreaming scenes and mental contemplation that does add to the story—some of it is really important—but does feel like a drag on the story. And Cordi is facing a situation alone, which has me wanting to shake her. For some reason I didn’t feel as much of a connection to Cordi with this book; I wasn’t feeling her emotions as strongly.
But a few things change with this story and I’m definitely looking forward to seeing how things play out.