Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Staying Dead by Laura Anne Gilman

It starts as a simple job -- but simple jobs, when you're dealing with the magical world, often end up anything but.

As a Retriever, Wren Valere specializes in finding things gone missing -- and then bringing them back, no questions asked. Normally her job is stimulating, challenging and only a little bit dangerous. But every once in a while . . .

Case in point: A cornerstone containing a spell is stolen and there's a magical complication. (Isn't there always?) Wren's unique abilities aren't enough to lay this particular case to rest, so she turns to some friends: a demon (minor), a mage who has lost his mind, and a few others, including Sergei, her business partner (and maybe a bit more?).

Sometimes what a woman has to do to get the job done is enough to give even Wren nightmares . .

This was a really good start to, which I hope, is a great series. The beginning was a bit not very thrilling for me but, after the first 100 or so pages it really started to pick up. Wren is a really intriguing character I wasn't so struck with her partner Sergei at first but, after a while I started to like him a little!

Wren is basically a sort of witch and living in a world where magic is not the best kept secret! And the book is told in the third person which makes things quite interesting.

The ending leaves lots of things hanging perfect for a sequel I guess this could be called a paranormal romance of sorts and as that genre goes this is not the best that could come from that genre and at the beginning you may think to give up on it but, I am glad I stuck with it I think its one of those that gets better as the series (currently 4 books) goes along.


Maggs said...

I look forward to reading your reviews of the rest of this series Clare. I've not read anything like this before, but your reviews may persuade me too. ;)

Margo. said...

Why does blogger keep logging me in as Margaret? My google account. It's so annoying.