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The Taste of Night: The Second Sign of the Zodiac (Signs of the Zodiac Series) Mass Market Paperback – 27 Mar 2007

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; Reissue edition (27 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060898925
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060898922
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,118,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The Scent of Shadows came out of nowhere and slapped me silly. … You’re going to love this.” (Kim Harrison)

“...Read at your own risk —it’ll keep you up past your bedtime.” (Charlaine Harris)

About the Author

Vicki Pettersson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sign of the Zodiac novels, a six-book urban fantasy series set in her hometown of Las Vegas. Though she'll always consider that glittering dust bowl home, she now divides her time between Vegas and Dallas, where she's learning to like good Tex-Mex (easy) and the Dallas Cowboys (easier than you'd think).

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the second of what is becoming one of my favourite series.

'Equal parts light and Shadow Joanna Archer must fulfill a destiny she never wanted Once a photographer and heress to a casino fortune, she is now dedicated to the cause of good.... but susceptable to the seductions of evil.

A deadly virus is descending on Las Vegas - a terrifying plague unleashed by the powerful overlord of the Zodiac's dark side : Joanna's father. Chaos and panic grip the city as agents of light fall prey to the terrifying epidemic. Joanna stands at the dead centre of an epic and terrible war long fortold the last hope of a damned world.

But first she must somehow conquer the malevolence that grows all around her.... and within.'

I really cannot stress how good this series is, I finished this book two days ago and I am still thinking of the characters. We see more of Ben, Hunter, the Tulpa and the man who attacked Joanna when she was 15. We learn more of Joanna's legacy and how different from the light side she already is. I found myself becoming very emotionally involved with Joanna's plight, especially when the light side turn their back on her.

I won't say any more about the story except that this is a must read for anyone interested in supernatural stories.
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Joanna Archer is the Kairos - equal parts light and shadow, she currently fights as the Archer (sagittarius) for the Zodiac of Light in Las Vegas. As the Agents of Dark release a terrifying epidemic on the city that will kill both Agents of Light and innocent humans, it will be up to her to put things right and by doing so fulfil the second half of the Kairos prophecy.

This book like the first is full of quotable dialogue, snappy banter and backtalk. Joanna is another Urban Fantasy heroine who has a fine line in the bitchy comment department.

"I made it a rule to never say anything bad about my friend's boyfriends until I was sure they were well and truly out of the picture - preferably dead."

Joanna is so sure of herself and her beliefs, she gets very tunnel-visioned. It's ultimately only the fact that she's able to pull herself out of this focus that saves her. At the end of the book, she's no longer the same person she was at the beginning. I'm hoping this character growth is carried on into the next story.

She's not a heroine you instantly warm to - she's ambiguous and I actually like not knowing which way she may go. It's quite clever that Vicki Pettersson leaves us with the possibility she may join the Agents of Darkness and you believe it could happen. It's the other characters that fall into Joanna's sphere and humanize her, that help you root for her.

Hunter and Joanna have great light the page up chemistry, you can practically feel the hormones coming off the page. But she is still hung up on Ben, the boyfriend from her past life. My problem is when she's not with Ben I want her to be with Hunter. But when she is with Ben I can see it's kind of sweet and then I'm just left wanting her to make a decision.
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Joanna Archer's life changed when she discovered that Las Vegas was a battleground for the Agents of Light and Shadow, and that she is the Kairos - a warrior who is from both sides, and is free to choose her own allegiance. Now Joanna's life is split between masquerading as her dead sister Olivia and battling as the Light Sagittarius warrior against the shadow. But then Las Vegas is gripped by a terrifiying epidemic triggered by the Shadow, and Joanna is about to learn that the people she has come to trust do not trust her in return.

I was looking forward to reading this and wasn't disappointed. The story has kept both the depth of development and the darkness that set it apart, and this book widens the world created in the first with the development of the idea of initiates and their purpose to both the Light and the Shadow, and the introduction of other supernatural creatures called changelings who can protect the cover identities of agents when on neutral ground. We also get to know the characters in the comic store better, along with learning more about how the manuals (i.e. comic books) are created.

When I first heard of these books I figured that the 'Sign of the Zodiac' system was just used to number the books. However, I now realise that each book tells the story of a predestined sign and how it comes to pass. The first book (The Scent of Shadows) told of the rising of the Kairos, and this one deals with the second sign was that a plague would sweep over a cursed battleground causing casualities on both sides.
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By Book Addict TOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 July 2008
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"The Taste of Night" is VP's second offering in her "Zodiac" series; a highly original and definitely gripping urban, paranormal trilogy. In this book Joanna Archer; newly recruited agent of Light and part of the Zodiac team in Los Vegas "charged with promoting peace and cosmic balance in the universe" continues her hunt for her enemy Joaquin; the Shadow warrior who brutally raped her and left her for dead when she was only fifteen.

Joanna finds herself dealing with escalating events throughout this book. Not only does she struggle with her Shadow heritage, her full acceptance by her Light Troup, her relationships with both Ben; the ex love of her life (who believes she is dead) and her attraction to Hunter (a fellow warrior of Light), she also has to contend with her subterfuge when a Shadow Initiative learns her true identity and combat almost single-handedly the Second Sign of the Zodiac; a deadly plague targeting both mortals and the Light warriors.

Continuing in the same vein as "The Scent of Shadows"; the first book in this series, "The Taste of Night" is over 400 pages of pure action and treacherous acts as Joanna continues with her personal vendetta of destroying Joaquin; inadvertently risking the lives of her Troup in the process and certainly confirming their suspicions that despite her status as the Kairos (a prophesised figure who will lead her chosen side to victory), she is not to be trusted. It also doesn't help that her own father is determined to recruit her to the Shadow side. As Joanna finds herself ostracised from the Light warriors, battling alone and watching from the shadows as her beloved Ben meets someone else, she faces continuous life or death events.
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