Friday, July 20, 2012

Review: Out Of The Dark

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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  1. I am Soooo firing that editor. LOL. Every one you've mentioned with poor editing was done by the same company.




    1. Hmmm... Sorry to hear that you caught a dud. If you need some ideas on other editors, I do have two others, in addition to me, that I know provide top-notch service at a reasonable price. Although from your PM on GR, it sounds like you might have something lined up - however, additional options are always better than none, am I right? :-) Thanks for dropping in to my humble blog! Hope to see you again - maybe you'll drop in on Monday and join in on my latest giveaway?


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