logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
Houseplants
Romance Movies
Creativity
Family Travel
Southwest USA
Irish Culture
Home Finance


dailyclick
All times in EST

Full Schedule
g
g SF/Fantasy Books Site

BellaOnline's SF/Fantasy Books Editor

g

Staying Dead by Laura Anne Gilman - a reivew

Guest Author - Laura Lehman

Wren is a Talent-- one who can tap into the current that runs through the world and mold it for her own use, what nulls would call magic. She's a lonejack, a current user who operates beyond the influence of the council. Wren's partner
Sergei brings jobs to her that suit her unique abilities, retrieving magical object without any questions. They make a good team and could make a great couple if either one will admit it. But their latest job is proving to be a bit tricky.

An enchanted cornerstone has gone missing from the Fronts building and Wren is hired to get it back. This particular job has some unique complications, namely that the stone was taken remotely, a feat only a handful of Talents could pull off. To find the cornerstone Wren receives help from a minor demon and an insane mage to track down a collector of magical object. But to complete the case and get paid they must also track down a vengeful ghost.

The first thing that strikes me about Staying Dead is the slow pace. For the first third of the book the story inches along, almost to the point that I stopped reading. Once Wren gets entangled in the case the pace picks up considerable and became much more enjoyable. There is a bit of romance, but not so much that it overpowers the story. Although being on the Luna imprint I had expected more. Also, it took most of the story for the characters to become solid. In fact, I was more than halfway through when I realized Sergei was much younger than I originally thought.

Despite these obstacles, overall I enjoyed the world Laura Anne Gilman has created for Wren and Sergei. I especially like Wren's friend, P.B. who happens to be a demon. I see good potential for other stories in this world (there are currently other three titles in The Retrievers Series).

My Recommendation:
If you like urban fantasy with a bit of romance, Staying Dead may be a title to check out for your reading list. If that's not your regular reading material, this may not be the one to win you over.

Staying Dead by Laura Anne Gilman
Published by Luna
416 pages

Staying Dead by Laura Anne Gilman is available at Amazon.com

Also in The Retrievers Series:
Curse the Dark
Bring It On
Burning Bridges

I reviewed Staying Dead from my own personal library
Add Staying+Dead+by+Laura+Anne+Gilman+%2D+a+reivew to Twitter Add Staying+Dead+by+Laura+Anne+Gilman+%2D+a+reivew to Facebook Add Staying+Dead+by+Laura+Anne+Gilman+%2D+a+reivew to MySpace Add Staying+Dead+by+Laura+Anne+Gilman+%2D+a+reivew to Del.icio.us Digg Staying+Dead+by+Laura+Anne+Gilman+%2D+a+reivew Add Staying+Dead+by+Laura+Anne+Gilman+%2D+a+reivew to Yahoo My Web Add Staying+Dead+by+Laura+Anne+Gilman+%2D+a+reivew to Google Bookmarks Add Staying+Dead+by+Laura+Anne+Gilman+%2D+a+reivew to Stumbleupon Add Staying+Dead+by+Laura+Anne+Gilman+%2D+a+reivew to Reddit




Touch the Dark by Karen Chance - a review
Stagestruck Vampires by Suzy McKee Charnas - a review
Fantasy Book Reviews
RSS
Related Articles
Editor's Picks Articles
Top Ten Articles
Previous Features
Site Map


For FREE email updates, subscribe to the SF/Fantasy Books Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2014 by Laura Lehman. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Laura Lehman. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Evelyn Rainey for details.

g


g features
Jamie Brindle Interview

Discuss 9 Incarnate

Ryan Dawson interview

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2014 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor