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Urban Fantasy Review: Enslaved by The Others by Jess Haines

Enslaved by The Others by Jess Haines (H&W Investigations #6)

Egalley thanks to Zebra

Synopsis from Goodreads
Vampires, werewolves, magi and worse-the Others have joined the mortal world, and there's no turning back now...

As a New York P.I. and Other specialist, Shiarra Waynest has been in plenty of trouble before. But waking up in a windowless room the prisoner of a vampire slave trader is a shock for anyone. Shia has her wits, her bravado, and a couple of used staples, so maybe she can take on a mansion full of serious evil.

But although she's desperate to escape, Shia needs some answers too. Her friends are in danger. There are betrayers and spies among them. And even if she can figure out what's going on and somehow get a message out, she's still a captive of the worst kind...

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Enslaved by The Others after a relatively quiet previous book is an intense and gripping read which faces Shiarra's deepest fear - to be controlled and enslaved by a vampire. Okay, peeps, it happened and she dealt with it. And she dealt with it beautifully. Full stop.

I absolutely loved the intensity and grittiness of this book! Shiarra's escape, her determination and drive forcing her to overcome her pain and terror, breaking her Master's control over her was amazing. The escape itself - marvellous. And I actually truly appreciated a book without Royce in it. (He appears at the very end.)

I think our heroine needed to see and feel the difference between him and a forceful mind-control of another vampire to understand at last that she has nothing to fear from him and let go of her paranoia. 

This book also gave us a resolution for the heroine's contamination by The Others. She found new allies in face of a Japanese kitsune with a penchant for pink (and I enjoyed that woman so very much) and a strange South American goddess, her fellow captive - both powerful secondary characters.

At last, the end battle was ah-mazing. I was cheering, and revelling in all its gory, glorious details! Overall, a fab, solid urban fantasy read. Recommended.

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После слабенькой предыдущей книги серии, В Рабстве Других набрала обороты и вышла довольно качественной, сильной книгой, чему я очень рада. Шиарра наконец-то встретила свои главные страхи лицом к лицу, а именно, попадание под умственный контроль вампира.

Она не только попала под контроль Макса, которого мы встретили в предыдущих книгах, она прошла сквозь пытки и питьё им её крови в качестве наказания и не только не сломалась, она сумела высвободиться из под его контроля собственными силами и сбежать. 

Сам побег описан в книге просто шикарно, и именно через него Шиарра встречает одну из интереснейших второстепенных персонажей - японку-кицуне с нездоровой привязанностью к розовому цвету.  Второй персонаж, что очень мне понравился - мелкая богиня пантеона ацтеков или майя, которая как раз помогает Шиарре наконец-то с её заражением крови Другими.

Ройса в книге практически нет, что кстати очень хорошо, так как Шиарра наконец-то осознаёт насколько огромно различие между ним и Максом и наконец-то оставляет свой параноидальный страх перед ним позади.

Концовка тоже божественна в своём кровавом величии последней схватки, и читается как песня. В общем, качественное городское фэнтези, рекомендую без колебаний!

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