“Las Vegas socialite and otherwordly avenger Joanna Archer gave up everything when she embraced mortality—abandoning her powers and altering her destiny to save a child . . . and a city. Now her former allies are her enemies—and her enemies have nothing to fear.
Yet still she is bound to a prophecy that condemns her to roam a nightmare landscape that ordinary humans cannot see and dare not enter. And a beast is on her trail—an insane killer blinded by bloodlust, who's determined to rip much more from Joanna than merely her now-fragile life. Survival is no longer an option in this dark realm where good and evil have blurred into confusing shades of gray—unless she can gather together an army of onetime foes and destroy everything she once believed in.”
Release Date: June 1st, 2010
My Copy: eARC given to me by the author
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*Contain spoilers, if you haven’t read the previous books in the series!
There are some series that just catch you by surprise and before you know it, you are in love, counting the days for the next installment and trolling any site or forum that discusses it.
That was what happened for me when I started reading The Sign of the Zodiac series by Vicki Pettersson. I found out about it by chance and one book in, I was hooked for good and I don’t want to let it go.
Joanna has been a tough chick and a fighter ever since an attack at an early age, changed her life. When she turned 25 she found out that she was not just a girl, but actually a superhero, part of a matriarchal world and society where Light and Shadow have been in war for too long to count. Each city has a troop representing each side of this battle, and each side’s troop has 12 member/spots to be filled, representing the 12 signs of the zodiac.
Their quests, fights and adventures are recorded in comic books and the awareness of children and teens is what keep them alive and strong. Giving something a name, focusing your thought and beliefs into someone or something, give it strength and power.
Joanna is the Archer, the representative of the Sagittarius sign, but she is also daughter of the former Archer of the Light and of a member of the Shadows. That legacy has been foretold and she is believed to be the Kairos, a person who will have both Light and Shadows within and will bring forth portents, signs that will tip the balance in this long lasting war to either the Good or the Bad.
I LOVE the world Vicki has created, it is rich, interesting, fun, full of action and original. I was blown away with this new Installment of one of my favorite series out there.
I missed Joanna so much and I am happy to have her back. In Cheat The Grave, Joanna is mortal and dealing with her powerless state the best way she knows how. She has sacrificed a lot for her beliefs and her former friends and allies have turned their back on her. However, Joanna tries to move on with her life, away from the paranormal world, when a terrible foe shows up, worse then ever, hungry for her flesh, bones and soul.
What’s a girl to do when all that she left behind gives chase and doesn’t want to let her go? Fight with tooth and nails and learn to deal with new surprises and new way of seeing the world, not so much as Light and Shadows, but as Gray and full of more possibilities she had thought before.
“I was Joanna Archer, a mortal with some extra benefits. I had a family of chose friends, who had also chosen me. I was gray, an amalgam of light and shadow, which made me both dawn and dust, and in the world of the Zodiac, that was where the web between reality and its flip side was at its thinnest… and open to pure possibility.”
The only down side was that I missed the superhero Joanna, but my disappointment was short lived, because Joanna Archer is still the same tough chick she has ever been, and even though it took her a while to realize that, the self discovery was interesting.
Cheat The Grave is the perfect addition to The Sign of The Zodiac series, changed leading lady, but full of non-stop action. heart breaking moments and a fast-paced story that will keep you on the edge from beginning to end. Urban Fantasy at its best! If you haven’t read Pettersson’s series, I seriously hope you have a good excuse for it!
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