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Spider-Touched Paperback – August 4, 2009

3.9 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in the Ghostland World Series

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Strong revisits her postapocalyptic version of Oakland, a city torn between a supernatural-fearing church and powerful vice lords, in this intensely erotic sequel to 2009's Ghostland. Arana, a thief who can change the threads of people's lives, is shocked to find that Tir, a shackled immortal, is immune to her magic. Tir is just as surprised that a human woman can inflame his passion. Together they struggle to understand her gifts and learn how to unlock his collar and his memories. Arana's acceptance of Tir's dominance in bed jars with her otherwise preternatural competence, and the rich setting and evocative writing fail to carry along the convoluted plot or unsurprising protagonists. Those who like urban fantasy may find the sex out of place, especially given the extremely strong language, and those who like erotica may find too much else going on. (Aug.)
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About the Author

Jory has been writing since childhood and has never outgrown being a daydreamer. When she's not hunched over her computer, lost in the muse and conjuring up new heroes and heroines, she can usually be found reading, riding her horses, or hiking with her dogs.

Jory has won numerous awards for her writing. She lives in California with her husband and a menagerie of pets.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Original edition (August 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425227936
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425227930
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,337,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By jjmachshev VINE VOICE on August 5, 2009
Format: Paperback
Author Jory Strong has created a futuristic world of such vast scope, it's hard sometimes not to get lost in its stories. Her latest in the Ghostland World series is "Spider-Touched", a tale of two lost souls who aren't sure who or WHAT they are. The only thing they come to know during the story is that they belong together, regardless of their pasts.

The year doesn't matter. It's beyond the apocalypse of the last war when supernaturals came out of hiding and humans spent their technology and lives almost destroying everything. The remaining city enclaves that remain are in the hands of the ultra-rich and the 'church', and neither is immune from what ultimate power breeds--corruption.

Tir doesn't remember WHAT he is, just that he's NOT human, he can't be killed, his blood can heal, and he's living for the day he escapes to lay waste to his enemies...whoever they are. His hatred for humans is arrested when one touches him in a dream, and then frees him. For the first time in centuries he is able to breathe freely and finds his desire rekindled...but only for the woman who risked her life to free him.

Arana doesn't know her real name, just the name she gave herself to match the spider mark that moves on her body and protects her at the cost of her ability to touch anyone. She sees the man with the strange markings in a dream and, at the risk of capture, frees him. She knows he's not human because she can touch him without killing him. And not just touch him...caress him, kiss him, and finally...love him. On the run from corrupt groups looking to capture and use their talents for gain, Arana and Tir fall in love. But when the final truths about their natures are revealed, will love be enough to save them...from each other?
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In a dark, post-apacalyptic world, now inhabited openly by shapeshifters, werewolves and vampires and heavily policed by corrupt law enforcement, life is hard. No one knows that better than Arana. She possesses the mark of the spider upon her body - and not just any spider mark, one that moves, acts on its own and can transport her to a spirit world - and so she's been shunned, tortured and hunted for most of her life. She leads a lonely existence, for to touch her spider mark is to die, and the spider does not allow anyone to touch Arana.

Arana longs for the luxury of human contact, but knows that it is something she will never feel, until she releases a mysterious being from captivity, and finds that he alone can touch her without dying.

Tir has been a captive for thousands of years, held by humans intent on using him for their own selfish needs. He's long since forgotten what type of being he is, and counts himself lucky to remember his own name. After centuries of brutality, supernaturally bound and kept from his powers by the collar around his neck, Tir has almost given up hope of ever escaping - until an extraordinary woman releases him from his shackles and frees him to pursue the mystery of the collar's magical key.

Together Arana and Tir must try to find the secret of the collar's key before the evil forces surrounding them succeed in ending their lives forever.

SPIDER TOUCHED is a very dark novel. The world that the characters inhabit is both depressing and bleak, and the battle of everyday life for them is almost exhausting. Well-written, and highly imaginative, SPIDER TOUCHED will leave readers feeling a little disturbed and just a bit surprised at how the story wraps up.
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I loved Ghostland (and some of the other books written by this author), and I have to admit that Spider-Touched was just as good, if not better, than Ghostland. I have already purchased Healer's Choice (the next book in the series) and will be reading it next, but I also like the fact that you can jump in anywhere in the series and not be completely lost like some series do. This was an amazing story that was hard for me to put down, and I loved the appearances of characters from the first book in this one. It's always nice to have the characters "check-in" so we can see how they are doing. It's not a terrible stretch of the imagination to imagine this post-apocalyptic world could exist in the future. Well written characters in a well developed world with an engaging story line make this series a really great read. This has definitely become one of my favorite authors.
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I bought and read this book almost two years ago but I'm just now compelled to write a review. I liked the book and liked the story and characters but something about this book keeps me thinking about it. Parts of this book kept randomly popping up in my mind at least once every few weeks so I decided to read it again. I enjoyed again. Her "curse" kept people away except Tir, and their connection that was finally revealed at the end was brilliant. When I first read this book, you expected the worst, even knowing that this is a romance and they never end badly for the main characters.

In my opinion if a book keeps coming back to your thoughts again and again, then it IS a good book! I enjoyed my first read and my second reading of this book.
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