Friday, July 20, 2012
Review: Out Of The Dark
Out Of The Dark by Phaedra Weldon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Book Info: Genre: Urban Fantasy Reading Level: Adult
Disclosure: I received the omnibus in which this story resides, Tales of the Abysmal Plane, from the author in exchange for an honest review
Synopsis: The next chapter in the investigations of Zoë Martinique (next chapter after Wraith).
Detective Daniel Frasier lies healing in a North Atlanta hospital, the victim of T.C., Zoë's enemy and physical link to the Abysmal plane. While hiding in the hospital room, Zoë receives a request to investigate a restaurant haunted by Shadow People. This request, and an odd pairing with bartender/magician Dags McConnell, catapults Zoë into the world of magic and myth as she begins to understand her new power as well as her ever shifting relationship with T.C.
My Thoughts: This novella – or it might even be considered an on-the-short-side novel – begins pretty much right where Wraith ends, with Zoë finding Dags in a very … ahem … delicate situation.
This story gives us a lot more information about Dags, which makes me happy. I like Dags; he’s a neat guy. I was a bit surprised at how poorly edited this novella was; I mean, I’ve noticed editing errors in everything in this series I’ve read so far, but this story had blatant misspellings that could’ve been caught by a spell-check. This is why I’ve rated this one as four stars – understand, I see things like taught/taut, and pore/pour and peek/peak/pique sneaking through all the time, but “Cheif” or “de-vovle”? Bad editor! No biscuit!
However, this story is an important element of the overall series, I believe, so don’t skip it – just be prepared for the mistakes rife in it.
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