"Heaven, Hell and Earth…let the pieces fall where they may. There are demons in the world. Monsters. Creatures that would steal your soul. You might hide under your covers at night and pretend all’s right with the world, but you know. Even if you don’t want to admit it. Las Vegas bar owner Trixia Iktomi deals in information. And in a city where unholy creatures roam the neon night, information can mean life or death. Not that she has anything personal against demons. They can be sexy as hell, and they’re great for getting the latest gossip. But they also steal human souls and thrive on chaos. So occasionally Trixia and her friends have to teach them some manners. When Trixia learns of an artifact known as the Light of Life, she knows she’s hit the jackpot. Both sides — angel and demon — would give anything for it. But first she has to find it. And as Heaven and Hell are ready for an Apocalyptic throwdown, Trixia must decide where her true loyalties lie — and what she’s ready to fight for. Because in her world, if you line up on the wrong side, you pay with more than your life."
I am a huge fan of Rob Thurman's Cal Leandros Series, so it was an easy decision to get Trick of the Light, the first in her new series. However, I have to say that this book came short in a few aspects and because of that I have mixed feelings about it.
Both series take place in the same world, a world full of nightmarish creatures. At first sight, Trixa is just a bar owner that kills demons on the side. Her closest friend is Leo, the bar's bartender and in very close second are Zeke and Griffin, two demon hunters she took in when they were just teenagers.
The whole book is told on the first person, on Trixa's point a view. Trixa is an interesting character, but I have problem when trying to connect with her. After I finished the book I realized why. There are a couple of huge surprises at the end of the book and by then you realize that Trixa has been lying and hiding things about herself all through the book.
I understand her need to have the element of surprise at the end, but I believe that I would have been able to connect with her much more if her personal secret was only kept from the other characters and not the readers. There is more than one pretty shocking surprise at the
end, so having that secret in the open to use readers from the beginning would not have been detrimental to the story in anyway. Trixa came out as quite selfish at times and loyal and caring at others. Many times her actions and thoughts were very contradictory and I found that really irritating at times.
My favorite part of the book were the secondary characters. I loved Zeke and Griffin's partnership as well as Leo. The book was well written, though I felt that it got repetitive in some parts and that was tiring at times. I really enjoyed the way Angels were portrayed I found it quite original and interesting. Not the description of them, but their personalities or lack there of.
A great theme in the novel is the ever unclear line between good and evil. And it was interesting to see that even though the "heroes" were clear, no one was all the time in only one side of that line.
All in all it was not an amazing read, far from it. However, for me, the ending and potential this series has, makes me want to give a chance to the second installment of this series. I liked how the characters progressed and I got quite attached to a few of them. But, Rob Thurman's other series is still my favorite, by far of the two.
I will give this series 3.5/5 Loveys.
0/5 smut level =/
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