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Night Child (OSI Series #1)

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  • Posted June 8, 2011

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    So disappointing

    Tess is a forensic cop (kinda) in a world populated by demons, vampires (who are demons) and mages (who are part demons). Her most recent case is a dead vampire with no signs of trauma and the address of a 13 yr old girl in his pocket. And the girl, Mia, reminds Tess very much of her childhood friend who died traumatically in a fire, giving Tess plenty of fuel to protect Mia and make sure she doesn't end up like the dead vampire.
    Close to the end of the book the bad guy says to Tess, "You couldn't do your job right if your life depended on it...You screwed up paperwork, botched evidence, showed up late, clocked out early, got hopelessly confused on your way to the bathroom, and you couldn't even work the photocopier." I don't remember Tess trying to use a photocopier, but sadly the rest is true. Tess is a extremely weak character. She blatantly ignores protocol (despite other people warning her constantly), irritatingly complains about being too old and not powerful enough (she's 24), leaves crime scenes when she's supposed to be in charge, takes an underage suspect to her house after she's been banned from contact with the girl and almost gets her killed. Everyone, including Tess, gets wrapped up in science tech talk, which would be fine for a forensic novel, but the voice is exactly the same every time, which makes characters sound like parrots of each other. And instead of sciencing up the magic Battis mucks up the science, saying that magic (or materia) is really just dark matter and mages can manipulate it..magically.
    While there are good ideas here, like Derrick, and the demons, and the very concept of the night children, it's lodged like a great meal between some very awkward, and at times down right annoying teeth. As a reader one can see why Tess hasn't advanced anywhere in life, and I had to wonder if Battis wasn't just writing the wrong thing, trying to hammer a more classic fantasy or horror novel into an urban fantasy shape. In short, there are better urban fantasy and paranormal procedurals out there for public and private collections.
    Contains: violence, language, sexual content

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    Fun paranormal read

    Well written, fast paced read was quite enjoyable.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2012

    This book is a waste of time. I've been reading a lot of urban f

    This book is a waste of time. I've been reading a lot of urban fantasy novels recently and some are riveting and exciting and some are not. This book is definitely the latter, it contradicts itself on several occasions. Its very choppy and confusing with plot elements that just don't make any logical sense at all and the protagonist comes off as if she suffers from multiple personality disorder, with the sheer number of times her personality changes throughout the book.

    I forced myself to finish the book but I will not be reading the other books in the series nor do I recommend this book to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2012

    Was Hoping She'd Be A Lesbian

    Nice read. Too short though. It was also a little confusing when she spent a lot of time admiring women, only to almost have sex with a latin necro.

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  • Posted August 29, 2009

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    A Nice Surprise

    It started out a little slow, but once it picked up I couldn't put it down. I can't wait to see the other stories this author spins.

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  • Posted April 24, 2009

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    Exciting 1st novel from this author

    For those who like forensics with a twist, this is your book. Tess is an investigator for the supernatural unit. This book really rocks along, with well-fleshed out characters and interesting plot. There is some romantic involvement, but not as the primary story, just a side plot. It does get a little steamy at one point, though! I can recommend this book whole-heartedly! I hope the author is planning another book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2008

    Solid Urban Fantasy

    This was a good read. At times it did get a bit repetitive and the main character did make some silly decisions but nothing that would've stopped me from finishing the book. It will be interesting to see the next chapter in Tess' career and her relationship w/ Lucian. I recommend this book.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Fabulous worldbuilding

    She is an Occult Special Investigator for Vancouver Mystical Crime Lab which is part of the Central Occult Regulation Enterprise. They are mages who try to prevent demons from harming humans. Currently the two sides have a working truce that is about to be tested.------------- In the middle of the night Tess Corday and her partner Derek are called to the crime scene featuring a murdered vampire. The telepath at the crime scene picks up images of the vampire¿s last moments filled with fire and a teenage girl. In the vampire¿s pocket is a picture of himself and his sire as well as an address. Tess and Derek visit the home of Cassandra and her niece Mia. They are shocked to realize the aunt is a demon and the niece is a mage whose powers remain surprisingly dormant. Mia confides that the vampire was in her guardian¿s home. A vampire attacks the two investigators, but they escape unharmed. They get into further trouble when they are warned then ordered by their superiors to stay away from Mia. Tess feels a strong affinity for Mia so she risks her life and her job to keep the focus of seemingly everyone¿s interest safe.----------- NIGHT CHILD will appeal to a wider audience then just the obvious Dresden urban fantasy crowd. The world building is fabulous as the audience will feel like Jes Battis¿ humans are caught in the middle of a cold war that could go hot in a nanosecond between mages and demons. Adding to the depth of the characterizations is both sides have good and bad members with their ethics being extremely complex. Fans will appreciate this tour of the Battis universe where the supernatural, the natural, and the hybrid live together in a not so peaceful co-existence.------- Harriet Klausner

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