Top critical review
4 people found this helpful
on 20 December 2009
I found myself conflicted over my opinion of this book. Overall it is reasonably well written, with occasional sections that drag you into the story. The plot, while simple, is enjoyable and not immediately obvious from page one. However I also found it full of inconsistancies, and lacking in explanation for the world background. I kept waiting for vital information to be given either as expose or contextual background, but it never turned up. I am still unclear after finishing the book if supernaturals are a known part of the human world or living in secret. I am not sure what exactly the CORE (governing body for the OSI) is, why it exists or what it's powers are (if any) over the various supernaturals (who might actually be variants of one type, also unclear).
I am confused as to why there is an OSI at all given the apparent ability of CORE members to view events as if there were there - for one segment of the book there is a tape watched of a crucial event, with no explanation as to how it was obtained. The bureacracy is confused, and there appears to be no actual reason for any of the procedures given. There is no clear distinction between what the different ranks of OSI do, although emphasis is placed on the main character still only being OSI 1. She describes herself as a preliminary crime scene examiner, but then goes on to do the equivilent work of a senior detective. Tess refers to herself as over the hill in matters of magic at 24 years old while her main boss, a middle aged male character, is in his prime but no explanation is given for the difference. The apparent sex interest, Lucian is rather two dimensional and always turns up very conveniently to save Tess.
I did enjoy enough of the book that I will buy the sequel to see if the writing has improved, but if it has not I won't be buying a third.