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on 31 May 2010
a little slow to start off. It took a good portion of the book to grab me...but once it did I was stuck. I decided at the moment that I needed to buy the rest of this series. And I don't regret it in the least. It quickly became one of my faves.
This one is definately light on the romance...if that's what you're looking for. But It's heavy on the action and scarcasm. The Hollows is a great setting. I got caught up in the politics of it at first. But it became very believable once I caught on.
Rachel is a bit self absorbed....she's annoying to an extent. But I think that's just leaving room for personal growth throughout the reast of the series. And in my opinion, that is exactly what happened.
The heroine is credible, far from omni-competent or a Mary Sue, as befits a young woman just striking out on her own professionally. She makes mistakes, learns from them, struggles to understand her colleagues and her circumstances.
She reminds me a bit of David Weber's Honor Harrington (though *much* less Mary Sue-ish) in that her primary virtue is the engendering of loyalty - and yes, her supporting cast does outshine her. I see that as a strength, not a flaw, in series novels - but I like ensemble casts in books, TV and comics.
If you're looking to be spoon-fed a simple narrative of a rugged-individualist action hero, look elsewhere. If you want a realistically-portrayed new kid on the block, in over her head and held up by colorful, secretive allies running their own agendas, in a convincing SF/paranormal alternate present - pick this up.
And be prepared to see a sunrise or two, because you won't be able to put it down