Friday, July 27, 2012

Review: Tales of the Abysmal Plane

Tales of the Abysmal Plane
Tales of the Abysmal Plane by Phaedra Weldon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book Info: Genre: Urban Fantasy Reading Level: Adult

Disclosure: I received a free paperback copy of this omnibus from the author in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis: Character stories don't always begin and end with the opening of a book and its closing. There are always tales before we meet our heroes and heroines — and Zoë Martinique is no exception. 

From her first experience with S.P.R.I.T.E. on her first assignment with Maharba, meeting Dags McConnell and becoming the catalyst for his transformation into a Grimoire, to her latest foray into the ordered world of the Ethereal Plane, Zoë will take readers on a ride of laughter and gasps.

Tales of the Abysmal Plane is a collection of stories about our OOBing heroine before and after her shift to Wraith and beyond. Collected together for the first time, readers of the Zoë Martinique Investigation Series will enjoy these extra tales of the Abysmal Experience.

My Thoughts: For a detailed review of each short story in this book, please go to the individual stories’ pages, as those will be posted separately. Included in this omnibus are Web Ginn House, Out of the Dark, Holly & Ivy, Beyond the Door, and Walking Shadows, as well as an excerpt from the beginning of the upcoming 6th book in the Zoe Martinique series, called Dominion Or maybe Cherubim; I’ve heard both.. Since the stories in this book take place throughout the series, I’ll be reading each, individual story in its appropriate place before and between the existing books of the series.

The editing in these short stories is haphazard – some are quite well done and others … not. The final short story, Walking Shadows, is not available separately, so I’m reviewing it along with the general omnibus review. And ah... *smack smack* that was a good story. It comes between Geist and the upcoming 6th book, and I think the bridge will prove to be an important one.

If you are interested in the Zoe Martinique series, be sure to grab this omnibus of short bridging pieces – and be sure to read them in the correct order. I believe I managed to set the series up correctly on Goodreads before I stopped serving as a Librarian, but if you have any questions, each story in the omnibus begins with a short essay explaining where it fits in the overall story. Good stuff!

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