Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Phantasm by Phaedra Weldon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Book Info: Genre: Urban Fantasy Reading Level: Adult
Disclosure: I received the final book in this series, as well as the omnibus containing several short stories in this series, from the author in exchange for an honest review. I am happy to review this earlier book in the series as well, as long as I’m reading it!
Synopsis: Just when Zoë Martinique, formerly ordinary twenty-something, was getting used to the idea that she was possessed of extraordinary powers, she lost them. Without cause or warning. And at the worst possible time.
Now, unless she can figure out how to go Wraith again, she won't be able to rescue her mother, whose soul is trapped on the Abysmal plane.
Her only hope is to join forces with an old enemy, who has his own dark reasons for helping her. From him she learns that only a traumatic experience can bring the Wraith back. To get out-of-body, Zoë will have to look for big, dangerous trouble – and fast.
For there is a deadly and powerful being within the Abysmal that wishes Zoë never existed...and it's coming for her.
My Thoughts: This is book three on the Zoë Martinique series, following Spectre. Things became very dark in the previous book, after being fairly light-hearted in the first. Unfortunately, this does not ease up, and things just keep doing to the dark side as fast as possible.
Ah-hah, the issue with Dags’ last name is explained in this book, so that’s good. SPRITE again takes a center stage, and poor Randall just can’t get a break. Ms. Weldon, what do you have against Randall? You’re so mean to him!
My frustration with Zoë rises in this book, what with – apparently – every man she meets falling in love with her and she’s still stuck on Mr. Pretty Boy. Dags is the perfect man for her, and even Joe would be a good match - I mean, come on, why not just start a small harem? She had the libido to deal with more than one man, easily. But she refuses to even consider this very logical idea. Again I address the author: hey, why not just hook Zoë up with all of them? Let’s get some polyamory going in this series! *smirk*
But seriously, I did want to smack her over the whole Daniel/Dags/Joe thing, but she is in a tough situation. The heart wants what the heart wants, and there isn’t a lot we can do about it. At least this situation isn’t your typical love triangle set-up.
We finally get a lot of questions answered in this book, so there is that huge pay-off finally, but of course, plenty are left unanswered, and I’ll continuing on with book 4, Revenant in just a bit. Again I recommend these books for the fan of Urban Fantasy.
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