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5.0 out of 5 stars An early gem from Ms Saintcrow
This is woth your time and money for two reasons. Firstly, it's another thumping good read from the talented Ms Saintcrow. Really, though, haven't those of us who already know her work come to expect that? Secondly though, in this early work are the seeds of ideas later bought to fruition more fully in her Jill Kismet and Dante Valentine works- making this a fascinating...
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3.0 out of 5 stars "The Society" series book 1
When Rowan Price innocently stumbles across an undercover team working for a secret organisation, she finds herself caught up in a paranormal war between the good guys The Society and the bad guys Sigma. Both sides are deeply interested in Rowan as she displays strong paranormal gifts, yet Rowan is interested in only 2 things; getting even with Sigma for killing her...
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5.0 out of 5 stars An early gem from Ms Saintcrow, 20 Dec 2009
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This is woth your time and money for two reasons. Firstly, it's another thumping good read from the talented Ms Saintcrow. Really, though, haven't those of us who already know her work come to expect that? Secondly though, in this early work are the seeds of ideas later bought to fruition more fully in her Jill Kismet and Dante Valentine works- making this a fascinating early jaunt into worlds Ms Saintcrow had yet to make her own.

Set more firmly in the present and our known universe than much of Ms Saitcrow's fiction, the Society tells the story of psychic Rowan. She has grown up unaware she is special and convinced she may well be slightly mad, denying her abilities until a chance encounter with The Socity shows her she is far from alone. Launched over night into a world of waring psychic factions, Rowan must choose to join either a government funded organisation called Sigma, using corrupted psychics and their powers for evil or to join forces with The Society, determined to bring about Sigma's downfall. Rowan is simply too powerful and too good a catch for either side to let the other have her.

This novel has shades of X men although more realistic; shades of Stephen King in its clever storytelling and masses of what Ms Saintcrow does best- fast paced, action heavy, adrenaline feuled gut wrenching prose. Yes, its a touch undeveloped, compared to her masterful storytelling now but that's like saying Ridley Scott wasn't as good when he directed Alien as when he directed Gladiator- spare and simple, the story shines through and, quite frankly, any story from Ms Saintcrow is better than most stories from most writers working in urban fantasy today.
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3.0 out of 5 stars "The Society" series book 1, 27 Dec 2010
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When Rowan Price innocently stumbles across an undercover team working for a secret organisation, she finds herself caught up in a paranormal war between the good guys The Society and the bad guys Sigma. Both sides are deeply interested in Rowan as she displays strong paranormal gifts, yet Rowan is interested in only 2 things; getting even with Sigma for killing her father and best friend and getting to know Justin Delgado, the ex brainwashed Sigma agent now working for the Society.

This dark paranormal romance series is clearly a prelude to LS's "Dante Valentine" series; set when psions, although not acknowledged by society, are banding together to use their gifts. I'm sure this author is trying to realistically portray a vulnerable heroine who is out of her depth, but LS over compensates. As a result her leading ladies (disregarding Dante Valentine) are somewhat wishy washy, overwhelmed by their adventures and generally in a state of shock throughout the majority of the plot. Rowan is no exception as she joins the Society. Like other female leads; despite the power she wields, Rowan is predominantly powerless and ignorant until the final chapters. I prefer a bit more oomph to my heroine, especially if she has the power to defend herself and this is sadly lacking in Rowan. That said, the scene is set very nicely for book 2 "Hunter-Healer" and judging by the available synopsis, Rowan becomes a far more formidable character. That plus Delgado's fate leaves me intending to read "Mind-Healer" despite my criticism of the heroine.
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