Friday, July 20, 2012

Review: Web Ginn House

Web Ginn House
Web Ginn House by Phaedra Weldon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book Info: Genre: Urban Fantasy Reading Level: Adult

Disclosure: I received this story – included in the omnibus Tales of the Abysmal Plane, from the author in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis: One of Zoë's earliest jobs from Maharba, before her fated run-in with The Archer, was to investigate the old Brentwood house on Web Ginn House road. Unfortunately when she shows up in the house out of body, her astral form is recorded by the local Ghost Hunting team, S.P.R.I.T.E. 

Identifying the entity haunting the house as a poltergeist surprises Rhonda and Nona, since Poltergeists were reputedly present around adolescent teens — but the Brentwoods had no children. 

More trouble erupts when Zoë tries to find the entity's fetter and in retaliation, the Poltergeist not only attacks her on an astral level, but physically attacks two members of S.P.R.I.T.E. With the entity's activities escalating in violence, it's up to Zoë to find its fetter and reveal the secret that's plagued the house for over twenty years. 

Readers of Zoë Martinique Investigation Series: Web Ginn House takes place a week before Jason Lawrence comes to town, and a few weeks before Zoë's first run in with Trench Coat. This story introduces S.P.R.I.T.E., Southeastern Paranormal Research Investigators for Tactical Extermination... and you know...I think that def changes every time I type it. 

As it should be.

My Thoughts: This is an interesting way to get into the Zoë Martinique series; it gives us the basics on her ability to move out of body, and gives us some background on SPRITE, the ghost-hunting team she’ll have contact with throughout the series (or so I presume). We meet her mom, her best friend, and have a quick glimpse into the dangers and rewards of her chosen field of work – basically as an out-of-body private eye. A fun start; I”m quite looking forward to seeing where this series goes.

A terrific and fun idea for an urban fantasy, the Zoë Martinique series is an ongoing series by Phaedra Weldon, who doesn’t live too terribly far from me, so it’s very cool to know someone within a hundred miles who writes stuff like this. Watch my blog or other book-review site to see my upcoming reviews of the books and short stories associated with this series.

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