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Lies & Omens (A Shadows Inquiries Novel) Mass Market Paperback – April 24, 2012
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It was such a treat to be back in the Shadows Inquiries world, and LIES AND OMENS doesn't waste a single page before ramping up the action. Almost invisibly, Benedict intertwined gentle reminders about Sylvie's past without slowing down the current events one bit (though new readers should definitely put in the time to read prior books). By the time Sylvie was clinched in what is the absolute best shower scene I've ever read, I knew I was going to gulp this book down in one sitting (and I was right).
Above and beyond a killer first act, the entire book is infused with Benedict's knack for appealing darkness. None of the loose ends from prior books are swept under the rug, but these difficult, heart-wrenching relationships are saved from any hint of drama by Sylvie's clear-eyed emotional bravery. In general, I do not like angry characters, yet Sylvie's brand of rage is transmuted into something gorgeous. Her intransigence becomes more and more important as the line between "friend" and "monster" blurs. Whether it's something as small as mentioning the bitter taste of soap in a sex scene or acknowledging the devastating consequences of past victories, Benedict brings a gritty reality to her urban fantasy that I find absolutely irresistible.
Despite the shotgun start, LIES AND OMENS did have a lull in the action two thirds of the way through. However, that slight pause soon swept away to a climactic finish. Benedict managed a difficult feat for a mid-series ending, offering a resolution that was satisfying for her characters while still lighting the fuse on fantastic possibilities for future books. LIES AND OMENS was #10 on my Top 12 for 2012 list, and as quickly as I've finished it, I'm already penciling in a spot for Shadows Inquiries #5 on this year's new list.
Sexual Content: A sex scene.
Though Miami based private investigator Sylvie Lightner is the first choice of those needing sleuthing amidst the Magicus Mundi in crowd, this is not her fight especially after what she recently caused in her city. Sylvie's neutrality in the ISI Magicus Mundi war changes when the latter threatens people she cherishes. With close allies, Sylvie, using her sorceress powers, searches for the diabolical genius who has consolidated the Magicus Mundi monsters into a cohesive fighting machine.
The latest Shadows Inquiries urban fantasy is an exciting action-packed thriller. Fast-paced, the protagonist remains an interesting lead character although her powers have grown immensely. Less detecting and more superhero than the previous entries (See Gods and Monsters, and Ghosts & Echoes), fans will enjoy Sylvie Lightner investigator of the paranormal.
Sylvie is kick ass, loyal and full of surprises. We continue to get a peek into what being the New Lilith entails for Sylvie while continuing to keep us (and her for that matter) in the dark. We get a hot and sexy shower reunion scene between Sylvie and Demalion. I'm really not sure what my feelings are towards Marah, I honestly can not tell what her motives are and who's side she is on. Erinya brings lots of excitement to the series but she is a bit out of control now that she is a god and I cant imagine what she will do next or how Sylvie will deal with it.
I really liked how LIES & OMENS ended. It felt like all the key players are finally on the same side in the same fight. There is a great lead up to book 5 worked in. I wont be missing a release in this series anytime soon.
Overall I just really love this series and cannot wait for the next book.
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lies-and-omens-shadows-inquiries-lyn-benedictSylvie has caused a lot of damage in her time as a supernatural P.I. Read more
This is not the first of the Shadows Inquiries Novels and I hope won't be the last.
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A total rush, building suspense from beginning to an explosive endgame. Monster confrontations and revelations on the mysterious ISI and it's black ops style of taking magical... Read morePublished on August 7, 2012 by MooncatX aka Bliss Crimson