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This review is from: Any Given Doomsday (Phoenix Chronicles) (Mass Market Paperback)
The premise of this book centres on the idea of a society of magic-users who fight evil in secret from the rest of the world. Not a particularly original concept, but the plot does have some original ideas such as the seer-demon-killer relationship and the role of Nephilim as the evildoers. Elizabeth Phoenix is a psychic and ex-policewoman who becomes a seer on the death of her mentor, and proceeds to find out about the great battle of good versus evil which had been hidden under her nose the whole time.
This book was a bit of a let down for several reasons. First and foremost the characters were one-dimensional, and I found it impossible to empathise with their stories. The reactions and thoughts of the Elizabeth Phoenix character toward the things she finds out about were particularly unbelievable - she seems to accept the existence of all manner of monsters and angels with very little fuss. Also, the supposed love interest 'Jimmy' came across as stupid, arrogant and selfish, making the heroine's reactions toward him unfathomable and increasingly annoying to hear about.
The only interesting character in the whole book is Sawyer, and I would have liked to hear more about his story and more development of his and Elizabeth's relationship. However, the story itself is slow and dull and only determination made me continue reading past the first 100 pages. I have enjoyed some of Lori Handeland's other books, so the generic story, the shallow characters and the general lack enthusiasm in this book was very disappointing. As this is the beginning of a series, I can only hope it gets better.