"Praise again for Vivi Anna!"
At the start of this second installment of the Valorian
Chronicles, there has been another murder similar to the
ones that happened before in Necroplis (Blood Secrets);
only this time the body was found in San Antonio .
Otherworld Crime Unit (OCU) has been called in since the
crime scene matches their old case; Cain takes himself,
Eve, Lyra and Jace with him. This is the first time the OCU
team has worked outside of their city, other than Eve (who
is human); Jace has very strong feelings about working with
the humans due to his past history with them and did not
want to go.
When they arrived at the crime scene they were met with
fear and animosity from the local police, except for
Captain Morales, Eve's old boss. The crime scene not only
looks similar as the ones in Necroplis but feels the same
too; Jace smelled the same smell and Lyra was able to "see"
the same magical signature. All of which makes them wonder,
since they thought they had caught the person responsible.
When Captain Morales introduced one of their local police
escorts to them, Tala Channing, Jace had an interesting
reaction, but did not realize it was due to her. Tala had
read up on the OCU and each of the members, and knew that
Jace was a lycan. Because of her past, he was the one
member of the team she wanted the least to deal with; even
though she was having some strange feelings to the contrary.
The officers from both cities will have to overcome their
prejudices and work together in order to solve this case.
Will the team be able to hunt down the real killer before
it is too late? How will Jace react to Tala's secret and
will it get in the way of them solving the case?
Praise again for Vivi Anna! Once again she was able to
write in her smooth style, bringing us back characters from
the previous book and introduced new characters seemingly
effortlessly. Fans of mystery and suspense will find this
story appealing, as will fans of paranormal and urban
fantasy. I really enjoy the world she has written and can
not wait until the next book comes out. Thanks for
continuing the story line and proving once again why you
are on my must read list!
Reviewed by Catherine Smith
Posted September 21, 2007