City of Souls (Signs of the Zodiac Series #4)

City of Souls (Signs of the Zodiac Series #4)

by Vicki Pettersson
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City of Souls (Signs of the Zodiac Series #4) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 164 reviews.
sukie More than 1 year ago
In this 4th novel in her series, The Fourth Sign of the Zodiac, we find Joanna Archer at a bachelorette party for a friend and from there it soars and does not stop. This is a fantasy novel and it is different from most fantasy that I've read. Joanna is a superhero, with a concealed identity. She wears a mask while fighting The Shadows, so her enemies cannot recognize her public face. The story even involves magical comic books that are intertwined with the story and completes the fanboy/fangirl image. This book is unlike any other I know of. Since I am not a reader of comic books, I find the mythology interesting and refreshing and the story familiar, but different. I highly recommend the series.
MikiQ More than 1 year ago
City of Souls, the latest in the Signs of the Zodiac series, is the best in the series to date. I can't wait for the next installment because "J'Olivia" has pretty much hit rock bottom here and I'm wondering what she's going to do to climb back out. The concept of Midheaven is intriguing and I loved that we got more of a glimpse into it in this book. I know there are lots of folks out there wanting a Hunter/J'Olivia HEA at the end of the series but this is UF (and dark UF, at that)so there's no guarantee of that. And, quite frankly, I'm okay with it. This book shows that even super heroes, no matter how 'super' they are, they're still human with very real human flaws in their make-up. Vicki's writing has improved with each book and the plot twists have me guessing at what else could possibly happen before Jo snaps.Throughout the series I've come to love to hate some of the characters (Reagan and Warren) and at the same time hold out hope that others will do the right thing (Hunter and Jo; even Warren). The ending was gut-wrenching and although I felt a sense of betrayal in one of the characters, I hated that I was at the end because I wanted this character to be able to redeem themselves. I don't want to have to wait till next year to read what happens next. You can be sure that come release day, I'll be there with bells on (and money in hand) to snatch up book 5! You rock, Vick! Miki
kitkat3ny More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend you read this series in order (The Scent of Shadows The First Sign of the Zodiac, The Taste of Night The Second Sign of the Zodiac and The Touch of Twilight, The Third Sign of the Zodiac and also Vicki's short story in the anthology Unbound) before tackling this book. One thing I can say for this was in no way predictable. This installment had so many twists, turns and surprises I couldn't put it down. If you are a Sign of the Zodiac fan, this is a must read! Joanna has most level-headedness and maturity in this book, than the past books combined. Joanna Archer is a survivor; chaos reigns in Jo's life and she thrives off of it. However, this chaos is at the expense of everyone who depends on her. The changelings are still broken. Without having a changeling to record the Agents in the manuals and the lack of belief and imagination to refuel their existence is, causing The Agents of Light to weaken significantly. Although the doppelganger, Skamar, is no longer trying to rip out Jo's heart and eat it, Skamar is still ineffectual at defeating the Tulpa. The more power the Tulpa and Skamar both expend by battling each other is shifting the environment off balance. The energy they expend must be reabsorbed into the universe or reused but it's just hanging out waiting to be claimed. To find the solutions to her many problems, Jo crosses over to a neither here nor there reality, an alternate world called Mid-Heaven. The Agents of Light are unraveling and the stakes are high for Jo. The price for the journey to find the answers she seeks may cost be Jo's her soul. The concept of this whole series just blows me a way. The clever world building of Mid-heaven was ingenious. If you are looking for a break from the usual vampires, weres, witches, fae, demons (although I love my fae and demons) then give this series a try. This series is creative, original, action-packed, exciting and innovative. I highly recommend this book and series to dark urban fantasy readers and I can't wait for the next book in this series Cheat the Grave due out 6/8/2010.
wendy_b More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy the Sign of the Zodiac series, in general, but occasionally find them somewhat challenging, as far as remembering what happened in the last novel. However, the characters are memorable, and the world created in these novels is amazing in its creativity.
Raven_Wrath More than 1 year ago
CITY OF SOULS is the fourth book in a creative new addition to the Dark Urban Fantasy genre that slapped me upside the head and told me to wake up and take notice. Each book in this series evolves with amazing new twists and surprises that leave readers desperately wanting more at the end. In this addition, Agent of Light, Joanna Archer must figure out how to fix the ailing child Changeling to correct the imbalance threatening to tear her world apart. Naturally, there are bad guys to fight and mysteries to solve and mystical worlds to visit in the meantime. Vicki Pettersson expertly weaves this all together to create a fabulously addictive novel, tearing reader's emotions to the very brink so that they're thinking about these characters long after they've put the book down. Here's the thing: you won't want to put the book down! If you found the ending painful and wanted MORE, read the incredible anthology, UNBOUND. It answers alot of questions!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my favourite book in the series so far. It's an incredibly emotional, action packed roller coster ride. Everything Vicki Pettersson writes is unique, different and wholly unpredictable. I can't wait to see what the CHEAT THE GRAVE (the next book) has in store for us! N.
JoJoJH More than 1 year ago
The best one so far! Read them in order!
firewolf11 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this book series. Since I'm a Saggitarius too, I am a true follower. I am looking forward to the next book.
babygraymom More than 1 year ago
Original and fast paced. Great for anyone who likes the supernatural.
natwadge_author More than 1 year ago
Vicki Pettersson is a talented writer who captures the topic of the Zodiak in a new and interesting way. My favorite thing about her books is that the characters are captivating, even the evil ones. I would recommend that you read this book early in the morning so you can actually catch some sleep. I literally stayed up until five in the morning so I could finish the book.
KWBookFanatic More than 1 year ago
In the fourth book of the Sign the Zodiac series Joanna must face that she has many things to save: a changeling, her troops power, Vegas, and maybe a relationship. In order to achieve this she has to travel to another world, but will there be enough of her left to save everthing else? By far the best book in the series. We get to see a different side of Joanna in this installment, one that I have been waiting to see. This book has everthing: love, betrayal, laughter, pain, vengeance and heartbreak. Well done Vicki Pettersson!
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Las Vegas, Agent of the Light Joanna "Kairos" Archer is a unique warrior battling the forces of evil Shadow as part of her essence is the dark shadow. Currently she is masquerading as her socialite sister Olivia with a need to rescue BFF Vanessa taken and tortured because the enemy want Joanna as they know she as the Kairos is the Chosen One to balance the light and the dark ------------------- She learns of a young girl suffering from an unknown horrific illness that somehow the dark side of Joanna caused. As the Kairos she knows what this means; if the child dies the light dies too. Joanna must enter the dark to save the light by saving the child; if she fails Sin City turns neon brighter but soul wise eternally dark even for those who enter from the outside.----------------- The forth Zodiac urban fantasy (see TOUCH OF TWILIGHT, THE TASTE OF NIGHT, and SCENT OF SHADOWS0 is a terrific entry that focuses on how tenuous the balance between light and shadow is as an innocent little girl becomes the center of the war. Joanna is at her best as her mission is very personal this time. Sub-genre fans of the Petterson universe will relish this dark entry as Sin City may no longer be a CITY OF SOULS if the heroine fails on her quest.--------------- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous 7 months ago
Love this series!!
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345 pages. Not sure how the next two book are going to go. This will be interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing read hard to put down, you really start cheering on joanna.
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