Trick of the Light
Mar 8, 2012
Review by owling
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Fascinating world, plot, and characters; great adventure
Cons:Too much re-explaining
The Bottom Line: Wonderful new Thurman series!
Trixa Iktomi is a bar owner who sells information to the human—and not-so-human—residents of Las Vegas. When she gets the itch to have some fun, she and her friends, Griffin and Zeke, hunt demons for the hell of it. She has a particular fondness for irritating one sexy, smooth-talking demon called Solomon, typically by burning down his nightclub—over, and over, and over again.
Recommend this product?
Trixa’s been keeping an ear to the ground for a while now in hopes of finding an artifact called the Light of Life, and she finally has a lead. She knows if she can get her hands on it she’ll have angels and demons lining up on both sides to bid for it, if of course she can survive long enough to keep it out of their hands in the first place. But it isn’t money she’s looking for; it’s her brother’s killer. And she won’t stop until she’s had her revenge, no matter how dangerous things get along the way.
Rob Thurman's Trick of the Light takes place in the same world as her Leandros Brothers series, but on the opposite coast (Las Vegas instead of New York), and it deals with a whole different layer of the supernatural (angels and demons instead of werewolves and vampires, oh my). There’s a touch of Cal and Niko’s dynamic in the relationship between Zeke and Griffin—Zeke is one messed-up guy, and Griffin is the one who helps him navigate the difficulties of the real world. However, unlike many authors who like to repeatedly explore certain themes, relationships, or dynamics, Thurman does a great job of making each series, book, relationship, or plot unique and wholly its own thing. Despite their similarities, Zeke and Griffin most definitely are not Cal and Niko.
The characters in Trick of the Light are wonderful, particularly the further you read and the more that unfolds. Ms. Thurman’s take on demons and angels is subtly different from others I’ve seen, and quite enjoyable. The plot is twisty and turny, and I really can’t say much about it without risking revealing too much; I’ll just say that by the end I was kicking myself for not having figured certain things out, and that doesn’t happen too often.
My only problem with the book was the fact that Trixa, who narrates the tale, re-explains things too much. For instance, yes, cool, we get that when a demon or angel is physically anchored to this world, he can’t vanish in a puff of smoke. We don’t need to have this re-explained in detail every time it comes up. If the author is worried we won’t remember, a passing remark is all that’s required; readers appreciate it when they’re assumed to have a little intelligence.
Apart from that however, I absolutely loved Trick of the Light and immediately hunted down a copy of its sequel, which I can’t wait to read.
Read all comments (2)
Share this product review with your friends
This listing is for a new Odell Thurman Reebok NFL Equipment Jersey. The jersey is a mens size length +2, is made from 100% polyester and is made by R...
by Photo File The Photo File collectible framed photograph offers a full 8 x 10-in photo, mounted in an 11 x 14-in double mat and framed with a high-...
. CC Collectibles Proud McFarlane Toys Dealer 2006 McFarlane MLB Series 29 Collector Level Winner of this auction will receive one CL numbered figure ...
Thurman Thomas Signed Helmet - Full Size Replica. Thurman Thomas Buffalo Bills Autographed Full Size Replica Helmet is a must for any sports memorabil...
Represent Thurman Munson and the New York Yankees at the ballpark or while cheering on at home with the Majestic MLB player tee. Sporting an authentic...
This listing is for a new Odell Thurman Reebok NFL Equipment Jersey. The jersey is a youth size length +2, is made from 100% polyester and is made by ...
Step up to the plate and proudly showcase one of the most legendary players in the game with the Thurman Munson MLB Series 29 Action Figure from McFar...
THURMAN MUNSON New York Yankees McFarlane Toys Bronze Collector's Level Chase Variant!Limited Edition #368/2750! **MIP/NRFP** For more great items, pl...
TEAM LOYALTY, EVERYDAY COMFORT Rep your favorite team and player anytime in the NFL Buffalo Bills Game Jersey, inspired by what they're wearing on the...
Style: 20527432,Color: RoyalBlue,Made of 100% Polyester, Knit,Jerseys,Patch on Front Middle,Patch on Back CenterStyle: 20527432,Color: RoyalBlue,Made ...