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  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Books (27 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441016022
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441016020
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 2.2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 641,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Hamilton on 16 Aug. 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Welcome to the world of Tess and her best friend Derrick they both work for the Central Occult Regulation Enterprise or CORE for short. Tess is a OSI - Occult Special Investigator just like a CSI but for the supernatural world of Demons and Mages. This world is set in our world. The story starts out with the death of a vampire in a alley way and the CORE are called in to investigate. So begins a good story beginning with the death of a vampire which leads to Mia a 13 year old girl in need of protection. Tess makes the decision to risk her career in order to protect Mia and so embarks on a superantual conspiracy. Chasing down one of her leads Tess interviews Lucian (yum) a necromancer who become part of the story.

I really enjoyed this story and will be buying the sequel?. The only grip I have about this book is that sometimes the story can ramble on about the technical aspect of what they are investigating. Once or twice not often I felt like saying JUST GET ON WITH IT. Hence the four stars. Otherwise a really good book. If you are into urban fantasy with a sassy flawed lead character, magic, vampires, and trusty side kick Derrick (who you can not help but like) then you will enjoy Night Child.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By J. Cooper on 19 July 2008
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I realy enjoyed this first novel in what appears to be a new urban fantasy series, by a Canadian author, set in Vancouver. That the author is Canadian is significant for British readers as there is something much more akin to British humour than is found in American books - perhaps the sense of irony? Anyway, we meet Tess and side-kick Derrick who work as Occult Special Investigators investigating the death of a vampire. Both Tess (haunted by dreams of fire when she failed to save a childhood friend) and Derrick (the more cerebral and gay) are well thought out characters, both very credible and are both only half human with a demon parent as well. Their relationship with the 13-year old girl, Mia, is at the centre of the investigation into a paranormal conspiracy and is gradually developed with both pathos and humour. Vancouver is also lovingly protrayed with some magical differences. With some great one-line jokes and a developing relationship between Tess and necromancer Lucian, I very much look forward to a second outing (!) of these characters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Dhinsa VINE VOICE on 22 Dec. 2009
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The story is about a OSI (Occult Special Investigator, FBI for the non-humans!) named Tess, who at the age of 24 has failed to progress her way up the ranks, she has remained at level 1 since her teenage years. Her partner/sidekick is her friend gay best friend Derrick. Tess and Derrick are both part demon/part human and they are put on to the mysterious case of a dead vampire who was somehow connected to a 13 year old girl called Mia, who is now in danger. Tess and Mia decide that they are going to protect Mia, meaning that they have to disobey their superiors who have ordered them off the case.
The first third of the book is so-so, with far too much technical detail about forensics but a soon as Lucien the necromancer is introduced I perked up. He and Tess have some sort of connection but she is scared by his dark powers and tries to resist him.
From here onwards the story picked up pace and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The reader begins to get clues about why Tess has been held back at level 1 and the ending is unpredictable which makes a pleasant change. I'm looking forward to the sequel and would recommend it to people who enjoy reading stuff such as Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs or the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong. More detective/urban fantasy than romance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D.J. Graham on 23 Feb. 2009
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Night Child is the debut novel from author Jes Battis and it focuses on Tess Corday, and OSI-1 investigator who stumbles into a mysterious case involving a dead vampire and a teenage girl named Mia. I think the best way to describe this novel is think Buffy, the Vampire Slayer/Charmed meets CSI with a dark twist.

The main character, Tess Corday is actually a very likable, first person narrator. I have found that quite often it is difficult to like the main character in a first person novel, but here Tess is a fun, feisty, relateable character whose tenancy to act first and think later is all part of her charm. We get the story through her eyes, so one of the most likable characters in the novel is her best friend and college Derrick who takes on the sidekick role and often gets some of the best lines his relationship with Tess is a fun, deep and trusting friendship. We also have other characters such as Lucian a necromancer who Tess is drawn to, Selena Tess' boss/teacher who I found to be another extremely likable character and Marcus the big boss who isn't the friendliest of people towards Tess.

The story itself has a good few twists and turns, the story is well developed and well thought out and the main twist at the end was surprising in some ways, but in others I managed to figure out what was going on as the book progressed. Battis makes good use of mythology, often exploring different supernatural elements such as scyring, glamouring, telepathy as well as having a whole cast of characters with special powers and different supernatural beings such as mages, vampires and necromancers.
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