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5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

White Hats vs. Others

Quick & Dirty: An enjoyable read with danger, tension and a fascinating paranormal world.

Opening Sentence: Long, delicate fingers caressed the stem of a wineglass, trailing upward to catch a few small beads of condensation on the glass.

The Review:

Supernatura...
Quick & Dirty: An enjoyable read with danger, tension and a fascinating paranormal world.

Opening Sentence: Long, delicate fingers caressed the stem of a wineglass, trailing upward to catch a few small beads of condensation on the glass.

The Review:

Supernatural elements known as the Others have revealed themselves to the public. Our protagonist, Shiarra Waynest, is a private investigator struggling to make ends meet. Seeing no other alternatives, and against her better judgment, she decides to accept an assignment from a coven of mages known as The Circle. The Circle wants Shiarra to obtain an important artifact from Alec Royce. He's a very powerful vampire and runs a large portion of New York City. Royce is basically the supernatural King of New York. Naturally, things don't go as planned, and Shiarra finds herself facing dangers from all sides.

Shiarra isn't the typical urban fantasy heroine. She has her share of flaws, and comes across as much more vulnerable, inadequate, and unsure of how to handle certain situations than the typical take charge/kick-butt action heroine. Shiarra isn't unrealistically competent or proficient in the field of investigative work. She really does capture the essence of what it's like being human and trying to navigate dark and deadly territories. Fear, prejudice and inexperience make her irrational at times. Shiarra is leery of supernatural creatures, and really doesn't want to get close with them. At times she was so caught up in her disdain and biases against the Others that she wasn't able to clearly access the situation. Ultimately, Shiarra leads readers on an amazing journey filled with danger and mayhem. Hunted by the Others isn't an overly dark and gritty story, but it's a solid urban fantasy. Ms. Haines delivers plenty of action and character development.

A well-rounded supporting cast of characters help to give the story depth, and keep the story interesting enough to keep readers engaged. Sara plays the role of Shiarra's business partner and best friend. Chaz is Shiarra's ex-boyfriend with some supernatural secrets of his own. He plays a large part in getting Shiarra to deal with her fears and judgment about the Others. Arnold, who is a mage from The Circle, also helps Shiarra navigate the deadly elements plaguing this supernatural world. I know that there is something deeper going on with him, but I guess I will have to wait until the next installment to find out. Royce is definitely an intriguing character and I'm looking forward to learning more about him. I don't want to give too many details away, but I like what Ms. Haines does with the White Hats and the concept of legal arrangements between humans and the Others.

Overall, this urban fantasy romp doesn't disappoint. Hunted by the Others is an absorbing and fast-paced tale. Ms. Haines does a fabulous job worldbuilding and her characterization is excellent. I loved being pulled into the supernatural world that Ms. Haines created. I'm looking forward to visiting this world again in Taken by the Others, which is scheduled to be released on January 4, 2011.

posted by DarkFaerieTales on May 17, 2010

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Similar Plot

Is it just me or is this story line VERY simlar to one of Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan series...strong willed, human woman, red hair, looking for the statue the Focus, powerful vampire who owns nightclubs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2013

    Similar Plot

    Is it just me or is this story line VERY simlar to one of Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan series...strong willed, human woman, red hair, looking for the statue the Focus, powerful vampire who owns nightclubs.

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