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Curse the Dark (Retrievers Series #2)

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  • ISBN-13: 9780373090792
  • Publisher: Harlequin Enterprises Ltd
  • Publication date: 7/1/2005
  • Pages: 348
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.72 (d)

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  • Anonymous

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  • Posted March 25, 2011

    great new twist

    if you like paranormal or even arent sure if you do this series is a gereat place to start. Wren and sergei are an interesting and down to earth team. so if you want a break from the usual vampires and shifters this is welcomed and fun bit of fresh air

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  • Posted September 7, 2009

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    Still Hooked

    A particularly -- and unusually -- good 2nd book for a series. I judge second books by how well they tie up or build up strings from the last book and how well they lead into the third. I also judge by what obstacles the main character(s) have to overcome and what they do to accomplish the goals of the story.

    In this next entry in the Retriever series, Gilman did the things I really wanted -- expanded the characters' world, played with the characters' strengths and weaknesses, and put them up against an obstacle that was hard, but not so incredibly hard that they had to become all-godlike-powerful to overcome it (although there is a step up in ability). Also, we had losses to balance gains.

    Most of all, the deeper book-spanning plot -- one of the best things about good series is an over-arcing plot, as opposed to unrelated or barely related episodes -- is getting murkier and more interesting.

    This book breaks the usual paranormal/urban fantasy models with which I'm most familiar -- it's not in first person, the reader gets tantalizing bits of information from all different sides of the plot, and I'm not absolutely certain who or what is really the "bad guy". This keeps me intrigued. It probably helps that I really like the author's voice and style, too, and that it is similar but not ripping off other authors in the genre I really enjoy.

    Now for the next book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2009

    Wonderful world of magic

    This is a great book with the larger than life characters and the feel of the real world placed in it so well that you can easily slip into the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2005

    Curse the Dark

    Just when Wren Valere's relationship with Sergei is definable as such, it looks like they might be parted by a secret order called the Silence, who at one time protected them. No matter what the Silence wants, Wren and Sergei need each other to complete their mission to Italy. Moreover, they have demons, trackers, and assorted other problems to deal with in addition to finding a dangerousd artifact and handling the Silence. ................................... If you want an action packed, hyper paced read, then this is what you are in the market for; however, the light character development will fail to engage readers for whom that is important.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Fabulous urban fantasy

    In a world where most people don¿t believe in magic, there is a group of practitioners, humans who have talent to use the current from electricity to perform magic. Wren is a Retriever, a lonejack (a Talent not affiliated with the Mage Council); a person who finds and returns missing objects to the client. Her partner Sergei convinces her to take a contract from the Silence an organization who keeps the world from imploding.............. Their first assignment is to retrieve a manuscript that was stolen from the House of Legend a church in Sienna, Italy. When they arrive there, they learn that the church is not wired for electricity because the monks, unknowingly are guarding the library which contains malevolent manuscripts, texts and books. These guardians know that whoever reads the manuscript disappeared. Information sends them back to New York where the book is now in the hands of a private library that they are unable to gain access to due to spells. If they don¿t find a way to return the book to the Silence, the tome will wreck havoc on the city and then the country and if not unchecked, the world.................... CURSE THE DARK is a great romantic fantasy that will appeal to readers of Laurell K. Hamilton. The heroine is blacklisted by the Mage Council, is trying to keep the lonejacks from battling the council and is trying to adjust to the consummation of her relationship with Sergei. She also wants the fatae (the non-human magical creatures) protected by Talents who see them as an unfavorable species. Laura Anne Gilman is a master at characterizations, a great world builder and a gifted storyteller.................. Harriet Klausner

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