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City of Souls

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • ASIN: B005HNBMKW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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The Zodiac series is a delightful mess. The concept is great - superheroes and super villains battling for the city's soul, with a chosen one whose destiny hangs on a knife edge between good and evil. However the plotting and bizarre attempts at character development often undo the good work set up with the intricately devised mythology.

Sure, there were issues with the first three books, but there was plenty of fun to be had as Joanna found her way in the world. The story arc with Ben was resolved and my expectations for book 4 were quite high. But there are so many moments in this book that make no sense whatsoever - by the time the ending came, I was despairing. I'll freely admit that I couldn't see the twists coming, but that's not always a recommendation.

Such a shame - with some more careful plot sketching (rather than thinking up cool scenes and put them in a vague sequence) and letting the characters develop naturally (rather than just randomly having them perform actions that contradict everything that has come before), we might have been on to a winner.
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By Book Addict TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Aug. 2009
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In book four of this fast moving and gripping urban fantasy series events appear to be conspiring against Joanna (aka Olivia). The Light is losing ground to the Shadows; due to actions Jo took in book 3, and as no Light manuals can be written, the fourth sign of the zodiac remains a mystery. The Tulpa continues his personal war against Jo and Skamar, Jo's chi remains splintered and now she's unwittingly given up a third of her soul by entering Midheaven, a place she believes holds all the answers to the problems she faces.

Joanna continues having a tough time with her troupe, namely with Warren who so cunningly manipulates her or keeps her in the dark; becoming increasingly untrustworthy and unlikeable despite his good guy status. A little romance is thrown into the story line, which runs at a frantic pace despite the intermittent scenes of normalcy involving Jo in her Olivia persona mingling with her friends, whilst of course the hidden war between good and evil rages on in the oblivious Las Vegas.

This author ups the fantasy aspect of this series by introducing a new setting; Midheaven which reminded me heavily of Twin Peaks' Red Room. VP vividly creates a bizarre pocket in reality, where time is warped, men remain drained and tired whilst the beautiful and brightly dressed women thrive, where the bar tender and piano player cannot be trusted, and the agents of Light and Shadow trapped in this strange little world gamble away their supernatural powers by playing poker.

The ending of "City Of Souls" is totally unexpected and breathtakingly exciting. With the fourth sign coming to pass, and the fifth revealed at the end of this book, I am left eagerly awaiting book 5 "Cheat the Grave" due 2010.
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Joanna Archer has survived a lot during her time as a Light agent, not least of all the attacks of her doppelganger. Now two Tulpas war in the skies above Las Vegas, but the Light is losing power and it's safe zones have been destroyed because of Joanna's actions. She accidentally damaged a changeling and in doing so has blocked the creation of the light manuals, the comic books that fill young minds and strengthen the warriors. But to fix the changeling, Joanna needs to travel alone to the dangerous otherworld known as Midheaven...a journey that may well cost her more than she can afford to lose.

There were a lot of storylines left untied at the end of Touch of Twilight and thankfully this book picked them all up with the exception of where exactly Zoe's mother is. The plot is full of twists and turns, but the reader finally gets to see what Midheaven is like after the hints in the last book. The focus being split between two separate and distinct worlds took me a little while to get used to, but both are so well developed it wasn't difficult to read.

All the usual characters are back, although the cast is left very changed by the end of the book. Joanna has to make some difficult choices, and hidden agendas are revealed on both sides. Joanna's ex Ben has almost completely disappeared from the book, only appearing as general references. Hunter gets more development, and Joanna starts to open up to him more now Ben's out of the picture.

The ending was brilliant and totally unexpected, and the series could quite easily end there (although it doesn't) as the story is pretty much tied up.
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I LOVE VICKI PETTERSON, THE ZODIAC SERIES ARE FAB, CANNOT BELEIVE I HAVE TO WAIT TILL NEXT YEAR TO READ THE NEXT BOOK
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