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- Print Length: 238 pages
- Publisher: Argento Publishing, LLC (October 7, 2018)
- Publication Date: October 7, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07J4HG9FN
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,856 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Moscow Mule: Phantom Queen Book 5 - A Temple Verse Series (The Phantom Queen Diaries) Kindle Edition
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- Book 5 of 11 in The Phantom Queen Diaries
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On one hand, Quinn herself gets a lot more introspective with this book. Her powers as she knew them before are gone, instead of being a walking magic-nullifier she's instead now sporting a host of powers and abilities from her awakened Fae lineage that she has little to no grasp on, right in the middle of yet another tumultuous incident. This time however it is much more localized, involving only a set few friends and allies rather than yet another doomsday scenario, and the smaller focus and differed pacing allow this introspection to work in a few good steps of character development for Quinn in quick order.
The offset to this however is that the action set-pieces are much more.... well a good word for them is strained. While Quinn has always been fond of various firepower to do her job for her, the balance between gunplay and using her new powers is noticeably uneven, perhaps in an effort to show she's still struggling to get full control and understanding of what she can do. By itself this wouldn't be a huge issue, hardly even a nitpick, but the extent of how it flip-flops in her fighting and thus changes the pacing of how the rest of the fighting goes on around her makes it all read very roughly. Whereas her previous fights flowed very well and kept up a swift but not overly hurried pace, the fights here feel very disjointed and cobbled together. This is rather obvious as some of the spots of dialogue/character interaction during some of the fights feel like they were cut out completely away from the rest of the fighting going on all around them.
Overall it is still a strong contender amongst the books so far, but it does indeed feel like the first notable hitch in the road for Quinn Mackenna's story. The character development and engagement with a lot of the other characters does help it along though and still inspires the reader to want to see what comes next, as usual.
In Moscow Mule, Quinn Mackenna finally gets to work on the unfinished business she has left over from Old Fashioned, the third book in the Phantom Queen series. She sets off for Moscow with the members of the S.I.C.C.O. Squad of magically gifted special agents and her friend, Jimmy Collins (who is auditioning for the special squad) to attempt to rescue her other friend, Christoff, the were-bear bartender who was abducted in the earlier book. They are all taken off and clapped in jail as soon as they arrive.
If not for Othello showing up with her cousin and her skinwalker friends and breaking Quinn out of jail, she would have been in big trouble. As it is, they wind up having to confront yet another historical personage who was supposedly killed long ago but evidently wasn’t really. In their quest to acquire the item this person wanted them to bring back in exchange for the remainder of their friends they have to meet with Moscow’s Master Vampire, travel into a frozen out-of-this-world realm, release a captive goddess and return into the middle of a war zone.
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Quinn's story can be read as a stand alone series or as part of the Templeverse Set...with Nate & Callie....
wow, this one is action all the way. Couldn't put it down.