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Phantasm (Zoe Martinique) [Paperback]

Phaedra Weldon
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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Books (2 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441017169
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441017164
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 15.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,849,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Phantastic? Not exactly... 26 Jun 2009
Format:Paperback
Phantasm is the third volume in Phaedra Weldon's series featuring Atlanta-based out of body traveller, Zoe Martinique. Zoe's had a tough time over the past two books, Wraith and Spectre: going from being a reclusive young woman, using her ability to travel out of body to make a modest living as an investigator and sometime corporate spy, and with no more ambition than to be just left in peace, to being a wraith, able to devour souls, or set them free, and being pursued by ghost hunters and secret societies. She's been betrayed by her best friend, rendered mute, fallen in love with a gorgeous police detective, and attracted entirely too much attention from the Archer - a trench-coated abysmal creature whose latest move has been to steal away her mother's soul. Now, she's playing an unwilling role as a guardian of our human, physical plane against the predations of forces from both the abysmal and ethereal planes, while being largely unaware of why she has been chosen, or what is happening to her.

As Phantasm opens, Zoe's life takes a turn for the worse, if that were possible, as she loses her wraith abilities, just when she needs them most: both to rescue her mother's soul and combat the plans of the Phantasm itself - the ruler of the abysmal plane, who desires nothing more than to invade the physical world. At the same time, her personal life becomes equally chaotic, with her boyfriend telling her he needs some space, and two more men, both of whom intrigue her - and know about the other planes - beginning to make their presence felt.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Grow up Zoe! 10 May 2010
Format:Paperback
I have read all of the books in this series to date and have really enjoyed them. However, I found this one intensely irritating. There is a lot of filling in of back information for people who are perhaps new to the series and indeed I needed to be reminded of what various artefacts were at times. However, it got very tedious this time. Maybe a glossary or something similar at the back of the book would help it move along a bit better. Also the female protagonist, Zoe, really got to me this time and I buy a lot of books BECAUSE of the strong female protagonist who has to figure it out as she goes along. However, this time I wanted to shake Zoe. Time after time she neglected to ask the obvious question that would have advanced the reader's knowledge. I realise the intention was to build up tension but this time it just fell flat. I have to say I will think twice about buying the next one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Confused about things happening that weren't in Book 1 or 2? 4 Sep 2009
By K. Quick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I really enjoyed the first 2 books but in the third book there are references to events happening that didn't appear in them. For example, who are the Shadow People and what happened to Dag and what is up with these 2 ghosts he has now? I went online and I found out that the author had put up a series of short stories on her website. You have to read the one called Out of the Dark for the story line in Book 3 to make more sense. You can download the stories for free. Apparently they are probably being revised and may be published at a future date. I can't say that I was happy about the author doing this because it is really confusing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Phantastic? Not exactly... 26 Jun 2009
By T. McAuley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Phantasm is the third volume in Phaedra Weldon's series featuring Atlanta-based out of body traveller, Zoe Martinique. Zoe's had a tough time over the past two books, Wraith and Spectre: going from being a reclusive young woman, using her ability to travel out of body to make a modest living as an investigator and sometime corporate spy, and with no more ambition than to be just left in peace, to being a wraith, able to devour souls, or set them free, and being pursued by ghost hunters and secret societies. She's been betrayed by her best friend, rendered mute, fallen in love with a gorgeous police detective, and attracted entirely too much attention from the Archer - a trench-coated abysmal creature whose latest move has been to steal away her mother's soul. Now, she's playing an unwilling role as a guardian of our human, physical plane against the predations of forces from both the abysmal and ethereal planes, while being largely unaware of why she has been chosen, or what is happening to her.

As Phantasm opens, Zoe's life takes a turn for the worse, if that were possible, as she loses her wraith abilities, just when she needs them most: both to rescue her mother's soul and combat the plans of the Phantasm itself - the ruler of the abysmal plane, who desires nothing more than to invade the physical world. At the same time, her personal life becomes equally chaotic, with her boyfriend telling her he needs some space, and two more men, both of whom intrigue her - and know about the other planes - beginning to make their presence felt. Zoe has no choice but to seek to regain her powers, and solve the mystery of her birth and heritage, if she's to stand any chance of surviving, or protecting those she cares for - both living and dead, all the while struggling with her own rebellious heart.

I'm in two minds about this series: on the one hand, the conception is original, and Weldon is beginning to sketch out an intriguing milieu of abysmal and ethereal denizens, human magicians, and ghosts. There's certainly a core of darkness in Zoe's world, with her power born from the trauma of rape, and taking its toll on her physically and mentally. Zoe herself is reasonably sympathetic, trying to make the best of abilities and a life she never wanted, while also attempting to maintain a relationship with a man from whom she feels she has to conceal her true nature.

On the other hand, I've also found the books in this series somewhat less involving and memorable than other urban fantasy series I've read recently. On starting Phantasm, I had occasional difficulties in remembering the back story and previous events, which made it difficult to get engrossed in the plot - a problem I don't usually have. I also felt that, in this volume, there was a little too much of everyone seeming to know more about events than Zoe did, which made for a good deal of exposition of various types, and slowed the pace down.

Nevertheless, I did finish the book at, more or less, a single sitting and, given the cliff-hanger ending, will definitely be putting in an order for the next instalment of Zoe's adventures. I only hope Weldon gets it out quickly!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love this series! 9 Feb 2010
By Randall S. Snodgrass - Published on Amazon.com
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This book just adds to the mystique of Zoe Martinique. Thrust into a world she is really not prepared for, she makes the best of her chances when they come along. Does she always make the correct decision? Of course not, but hindsight is 20-20 and she has to play things as they come to her, while trying to figure out who she can really trust, or even whom to absolutely not trust. Even her correct choices leave her hurt or vulnerable. This great power she posesses leads her in really intriguing directions. I hope these first three books are just the start in this unique series and i can enjoy her in many more exciting situations.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book 4 Feb 2013
By Me - Published on Amazon.com
A good book. The characters are developed well and the story is entertaining. I would recommend this book and the series.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent continuation, we get a lot of answers in this one. 24 July 2012
By K. Sozaeva - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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 Zo 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, Zo will have to look for big, dangerous trouble - and fast.

For there is a deadly and powerful being within the Abysmal that wishes Zo never existed...and it's coming for her.

My Thoughts: This is book three on the Zo 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 Zo 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 Zo 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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