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The Taste of Night (Sign of the Zodiac, Book 2) Mass Market Paperback – March 27, 2007
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Vicki Pettersson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sign of the Zodiac novels, a six-book urban fantasy series set in her hometown of Las Vegas. Though she'll always consider that glittering dust bowl home, she now divides her time between Vegas and Dallas, where she's learning to like good Tex-Mex (easy) and the Dallas Cowboys (easier than you'd think).
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I probably should have wished for a winning lottery ticket at the same time, because clearly that was my day to get what I wished for. "Taste of Night" fulfills the promise I hoped for in "Scent of Shadows" and then some.
"Taste of Night" continues the story of Joanna Archer, a young Las Vegas woman who discovered in "Scent of Shadows" that she wasn't her father, billionaire Xavier Archer's, daughter--and she wasn't quite human. Just after that, her younger sister, Olivia, plunges to her death from her highrise apartment in a vicious attack on the two sisters. Joanna wakens in a private hospital wearing her sister Olivia's face and body. She learns that hrough her maternal line, Joanna was destined to become the Archer, a superhero representing the sign of Sagittarius in Light Zodiac Troop 175, which is charged with preserving good in Las Vegas, Nevada. She also learns that her real father is the Tulpa, a created man who leads the Shadows--the dark Zodiac troop in opposition to the Light. This makes Joanna the "Kairos" the first 'sign' of the Zodiac, a being equally of light and shadow who will bring balance to the elements.
Without the somewhat cumbersome burden of first book setup, "Taste" takes off with fireworks--deadly ones, to be precise. The second sign of the Zodiac is plague.Read more ›
I'm really beginning to get a headache trying to keep track of who knows what information about Joanna's identity. Let me see if I've got this straight: The Shadows know the Archer is Joanna, but most of them don't know she's going around as Olivia now. Meanwhile, the heroes of Light know the Olivia identity, but most of them don't realize it's really Joanna. (Despite the fact that the comics call her Joanna.) I can't believe any superhero or supervillain worth his or her salt could miss these connections. It seems way too obvious. As poignant as the Joanna-as-Olivia plotline was in _Scent of Shadows_, it may be time for Joanna to take on a new persona now, because it suspends disbelief to the breaking point that Joanna's identity continues to be a "secret."
Anyway, Joanna's new Shadow acquaintance tips Joanna off to a diabolical plot being hatched by the villains, but Joanna can't figure out how to tell her own troop about it without revealing her illicit battle or her even-more-illicit chat with the Shadow agent.
I began to lose a lot of sympathy for Joanna in this book. Her silence was costly, and her singleminded obsession with her rapist, Joaquin, caused her to lose both common sense and any team spirit she might have had. ("We might have needed you!" complains Warren when Joanna dropped off the radar for a while. "I was safe," is Joanna's only response.Read more ›
Having said that, I didn't hate the book; it's a decent light read, but I'm not sure I'd pick up the third installment.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Read long time ago yet I was into the fantasy stuff back then and dug it yummy good!Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
- Page 153: The point where the plot actually begins (page 153 of 440)
- 4 Times Joanna meets Joaquin, her reason for living is to kill him and she folds like a house cards in... Read more
OMGOSH.. what a wonderful follow up to the first book.. BEAUTIFULLY written.. need to go to Vegas and check out the SHOEPublished on July 30, 2014 by GINNYJAY
The second book in the Zodiac series, The Taste of Night, answers a few questions, but raises many more--just as any great series writer does. Read morePublished on July 16, 2014 by Laura Benedict
Picking up three months later, The Taste of Night begins with Joanna settled into her new identity, but still not having gained the trust of the other members of her troop. Read morePublished on July 6, 2014 by Angie
I don't really get the comic book angle of the story. If everything they do shows up in each sides comic book how is anything kept a secret between the 2 teams. Read morePublished on May 21, 2014 by CRAZY4PEANUTBUTTER
fairly fast paced. reading book 1first is a must. I have all five of the series and just finished The Taste of Night. Read morePublished on March 19, 2014 by Sherry Parker
I'm working my way through all 6 books in this series, and have yet to be disappointed. Can't wait to get through all of them.Published on February 23, 2014 by J. Hall