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Urban Fantasy Review: Premonitions by Jamie Schultz

Premonitions by Jamie Schultz 


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Synopsis from Goodreads
TWO MILLION DOLLARS...

It’s the kind of score Karyn Ames has always dreamed of—enough to set her crew up pretty well and, more important, enough to keep her safely stocked on a very rare, very expensive black market drug. Without it, Karyn hallucinates slices of the future until they totally overwhelm her, leaving her unable to distinguish the present from the mess of certainties and possibilities yet to come.

The client behind the heist is Enoch Sobell, a notorious crime lord with a reputation for being ruthless and exacting—and a purported practitioner of dark magic. Sobell is almost certainly condemned to Hell for a magically extended lifetime full of shady dealings. Once you’re in business with him, there’s no backing out.

Karyn and her associates are used to the supernatural and the occult, but their target is more than just the usual family heirloom or cursed necklace. It’s a piece of something larger. Something sinister.

Karyn’s crew, and even Sobell himself, are about to find out just how powerful it is… and how powerful it may yet become.

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7.5/10

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 Gritty, straightforward and refreshingly ambiguous, - these are the first words coming to my mind after finishing Premonitions.



Jamie Schultz is not using many tropes and creates this major city magical underbelly that reader doesn't have trouble feeling comfortable with almost instantaneously. The lack of info dumping works here although I would have loved some sort of explanation for magic and how it works with demons taking over the body of a practitioner who's all used up. I would have liked it cleared out.

Also, do not believe the synopsis which makes us think that this book is told from Karyn's point of view. It works very much like Firefly, - all the crew members are involved.

Karyn works with Anna -  her oldest friend, Tommy - a magic user and Nail - the mercenary as a team of thieves who are paid for helping certain magical artifacts change owners. Karyn is a seer, and she sees many variations of the immediate future every moment of her life. If she doesn't take "blind" - a very illegal, very expensive drug to diminish her premonitions to manageable level, she can't function at all, because she loses her ability to stay in present - she constantly sees the huge variety of distant futures and it drives her mad. It happens in the book, and frankly the way it's described I'm amazed Karyn manages to do anything at all.

But Karyn's POV is only a part of the book. There is Anna who organises every operation for the team, there is Nail with his limited POV and there is Genevieve - a newest addition and Anna's love interest.

However, there are also villains POVs. One is Enoch Sobell who is a fantastic villain. He is one of those subtle figures who we can't slot into a firm category of evil or good. If he is evil, it's a matter of fact evil. He kills with no remorse and with ruthless practicality, but he also doesn't derive pleasure from it. He is colourful and I found him the most interesting character in this story.

Another villain is Greaser or whatever manipulates him. He is the most trope-y unfortunately and lacks individuality, - you can clearly see that he just serves a purpose of driving the plot.

Anna and Genevieve are refreshingly understated, and actually the whole book has an understated feel. Nothing here is over the top, the humour is subtle and the story is utterly believable. Somehow it made me think of Firefly crossed with Kim Harrison  - the story is painted in watercolours instead of oils, and it's quietly enjoyable.

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Я вот не знаю конкретно, что мне понравилось в этой книге, однако для городского фэнтези написано свежо, прямо и без чёткого разделения на устоявшиеся понятия о добре и зле.

Не обращайте внимания на синопсис, Карин - не единственный рассказчик этой истории. практически повествование ведётся от лица большей части персонажей.

Карин видит ближайшее будущее на каждом шагу своей жизни, что позволяет ей и её команде воров магических артефактов успешно работать в их профессиональной среде. Она работает со своей давней подругой Анной, которая занимается организацией краж, Томми - мелким магическим юзером и Нэйлом - их специалистом по оружию.

Карин необходимо принимать нелегальный, очень сильный и очень дорогой наркотик "слеп" который заглушает её дар и позволяет  ей нормально функционировать в обществе. Книга красочно описывает что происходит с Карин когда её лекарство заканчивается и она перестаёт видеть границу между настоящим и множеством вариантов ближайшего и далёкого будущего. Она не может даже пройти по улице потому, что она её не видит, она видит то, что произойдёт с этой улицей через 50 лет.

Когда команду Карин нанимает на работу местный криминальный лорд - Энох Собелл, отказать ему невозможно по многим причинам. Во-первых, Собеллу не отказывают, а во вторых награда уж очень хороша. В команду от Собелла добавляют волшебницу среднего таланта - Женевьеву, которая становится любовным интересом Анны.

Сам Собелл оказывается одним из интереснейших характеров книги. На него нельзя повесить явный ярлык монстра, хотя он за свою жизнь совершил много зла. Просто делает он это с такой практичностью и без каких-либо признаков удовольствия, что понимаешь, что злодей он только потому, что он хочет выжить во чтобы то ни стало и готов ради этого пойти на крайние меры.

Вообще вся книга вот так выписана - акварелью вместо масляных красок. То есть всё такое в смутных тонах, но без особого драматизма. Немного напоминает Серенити и Ким Харрисон, и юмор здесь очень тонкий. Мне понравилось, надеюсь, что придётся по вкусу и вам.

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