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Saturday, 15 September 2012

Review: TRICK OF THE LIGHT

Trick Of The Light by Rob Thurman
Book 1 of Trickster series
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: paperback

About Trick Of The Light:
Now you see it… Now you don’t… Now you’re history.

There are demons in the world, Monsters. Creatures that would steal your soul. You might hide under your covers at night and pretend all’s right with the world, but you know. Even if you don’t want to admit it…

Las Vegas bar owner Trixa Iktomi deals in information. And in a city where unholy creatures roam the neon night, information can mean life or death. Not that she has anything personal against demons. They can be sexy as hell, and they’re great for getting the latest gossip. But they also steal human souls and thrive on chaos. So occasionally Trixa and her friends have to teach them manners.

When Trixa learns of a powerful artifact known as the Light of Life, she knows she’s hit the jackpot. Both sides-angel and demon-would give anything for it. But first she had to find it. And as Heaven and Hell ready for an apocalyptic throw-down, Trixa must decide where her true loyalty lies-and what she’s ready to fight for. Because in her world, if you line up on the wrong side, you pay with more than your life…
Source: Info in the About Trick Of The Light was taken from GoodReads at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6294062-trick-of-the-light on 29/08/2012.

Review:
At first I thought that this is an entirely new series playing in an entirely different world. But by chapter 2 we meet Robin Goodfellow again. That was when I realised that though the Trickster series sports an entirely new cast, it plays in the same world as the Cal Leandros series. For a Cal Leandros addict, I was in seventh heaven!! By chapter 6, the book is starting to take on a Supernatural Season 6 "feel" to it with the "War In Heaven" theme. I also happen to be a Supernatural longtime fan, so I am happy for anything to feed my Supernatural addiction. However I am now getting worried that this book and this series would now start to take on a "recycled" theme effect. I'm nervous that it might start to feel like "same old, same old". At one time I wondered whether Rob Thurman copied from Supernatural or was it the other way around? But seeing that this book was published in 2009 and Supernatural Season 6 aired in 2011, I would say that it was the Supernatural scriptwriters who copied from Rob Thurman for so stark are the similarities...

There are little holes in the plot like, If the Eden House was such a powerful organization which has survived for a very, very long time, I'm sure they would screen their recruits stringently like I imagine they do in the secret service. So how come they could not connect the dots from A to B and make the connection between characters A and B? That just sounded strange to me. However I was willing to overlook those tiny holes for the twisty-ness and surprises it slugged me with. Lots and lots of brownie points for the twisty plot! At the end of it, I was glad I have The Grimrose Path to read to feed my urban fantasy addiction right after the fantastic ending of this book!

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 5
Character development = 4
Story itself = 4
Ending = 4.5
World building = 5
Cover art = 4
Pace = 4
Plot = 4.5

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 cherries

3 comments:

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Sounds perfect for you. Total score.

roro said...

sounds awesome .gr8 review

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

I've not started any of her books yet. And do want to one day. But I've not been one to watch Supernatural either. :) Thanks for the review, and hope the series takes a huge turn away from same old, same old. :)

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