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An early gem from Ms Saintcrow,
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This review is from: The Society (The Society, Book 1) (Paperback)
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.