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Gods & Monsters by Lyn Benedict

Gods & Monsters by Lyn Benedict (Shadows Inquiries #3)

Sylvie Lightner is no ordinary P.I. She specializes in cases involving the unusual and unbelievable. When she finds the bodies of five women in the Florida Everglades, Sylvie believes them to be the work of a serial killer and passes the buck. But when the bodies wake and shift shape, killing the police, Sylvie finds herself at the head of a potentially lethal investigation.

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Lyn Benedict is such an understated author, and her books are awesome! They are everything I love about urban fantasy: a hard, kick ass, smart heroine, wonderful sidekicks, plenty of villains of magical variety and non-stop action.

If you haven't read previous two books, please do it first, because this review will contain spoilers for book 1 and 2.

The book literally starts where the previous left. Odalis is in prison and Sylvie takes on a seemingly easy case of disappeared wife. Aha! She thought her previous case would be boring, and we all know how it ended.

While investigating her case, Sylvie discovers that her client's wife is one of the several kidnapped victims, whose life energies are being drained by a sorcerer in a really bizarre ritual. The women look dead but they walk and they turn into wild animals.

The case quickly becomes extremely dangerous, what with the sorcerer mixed with gods, certain people bent on magical revenge and stupid ISI agents taking closer look at Miss Shadows.

As usual it takes famous Shadows willpower to set things right, and apparently there is the new Lilith in town...

I loved it! The book is packed full of action and crammed with tension, with Ghoul and Marco playing Sylvie's sidekicks, and even my favorite Fury making a star appearance.

I also admire that Lyn Benedict isn't afraid to kill one of the characters in every book she writes. This just make the plot more real and the writing much more intense. The ending had such amazing possibilities that I can't wait to get my hands on the next book!

I would recommend it to any fan of urban fantasy. Just make sure you read first two books in order:
Sins & Shadows
Ghosts & Echoes

Favorite quote:
"You think I'm a part of the Magicus Mundi?"
"You are telling me you're not? That being the new Lilith means nothing? That it's a human thing?"
"It's the quintessential human thing," Sylvie said. "The ability to say fuck you."

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Я уже говорила, насколько недооценена Лин Бенедикт, и очень зря!
Как всегда, прекрасный пример городского фэнтэзи.

Жёсткая главная героиня, частный детектив и охотник за монстрами, Сильви Лайтнер только что разобралась с некроманткой Одалис с предыдущей книги, как берётся за новое дело, расследуя исчезновение жены своего клиента. В процессе она натыкается на чародея, который похищает молодых женщин-атеисток и использует их жизненную энергию для борьбы с проклятьем, которое на него наложили.

Как понятно по названию, Сильви приходится столкнуться с одним из богов, чего она всячески пытается избежать, учитывая свой злосчастный опыт с Богом Правосудия в Чикаго.

В то же время Сильви старается избежать столкновения с секретными агентами ISI и остаться в живых после бесконечных магических попыток её убить.

В общем-то сюжет пересказывать бесполезно, но я ещё ни в одной книге этой писательницы не разочаровалась. Постоянное действие, жёсткие временные рамки, магические разборки и напряжение, напряжение, напряжение...
Плюс, одна из моих любимых фурий, Эри, здесь тоже появляется :)

Любимая цитата: (см. выше)

Предыдущие книги:
Sins & Shadows
Ghosts & Echoes


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