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Against a Brightening Sky, by Jaime Lee Moyer [Oct. 5th, 2015|11:13 am]
Marissa Lingen
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Review copy provided by Tor. Further disclosure: Jaime has been a personal friend of mine for years.


This is the third book in a trilogy. (Which begins with Delia’s Shadow.) While the characters have room for further adventures, they also have enough closure to be satisfying. So: people who don’t buy series until they know that they have an ending: this has an ending! (I felt that the previous volumes were self-contained enough to buy already, but I know some people are hard-liners about this sort of thing.)


In Against a Brightening Sky, it’s 1919. The Great War is over, the Spanish influenza is a worry, and the Russian Revolution has produced refugees seeking asylum in other lands, including San Francisco. Delia and her friends–cops, spiritualists, and assorted others–gather for a St. Patrick’s Day parade, but it dissolves into riots and chaos–and only they know the supernatural origins of the disturbance. A mysterious type of ghost warns Delia in time to keep them safe, but she seems to want other things of them, following Delia even into her dreams.


The ghost’s identity–and the identity of a bewildered girl they meet–soon become clear to any reader with knowledge of the period. But knowing the background does not mean knowing where Moyer will go with it. Gabe and Delia continue to be a married couple who trust each other, respect each other, and work well as partners with skills that complement each other. The greatest strength in these books in my opinion is not the mystery-solving, the adventure, or the supernatural element, but the genuinely caring and supportive relationships the characters share. That’s what makes them really special and worth seeking out.


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Originally published at Novel Gazing Redux

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[User Picture]From: whswhs
2015-10-05 04:33 pm (UTC)
I didn't realize that this had become a series! The description sounded familiar, so I checked Delia's Shadow and recognized the cover as that of a book I read last year, from the public library; it didn't quite cross the "buy" threshold for me (both budget and shelf space are tight), but it definitely held my interest. Somehow it seemed so complete in itself that it didn't occur to me to watch for a sequel. I'll have to give the later volumes a look.
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[User Picture]From: sartorias
2015-10-06 02:34 pm (UTC)
Is this one not about serial killers? I really want to read her work, but serial killer plots leave me cold.
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2015-10-06 03:13 pm (UTC)
I am iffy about the definitions here. Several people are killed and more endangered, if I am recalling correctly (I read the ARC awhile ago and held the review for best timing). I would really like to be able to say, yes, go read it, because I think in many ways you would line up with Jaime's work quite well. But I don't know for sure.
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[User Picture]From: sartorias
2015-10-06 03:23 pm (UTC)
Several had said that the first book was about chasing a serial killer, which is a plot I just can't get behind. If this one has veered from that, sounds like one to try.
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2015-10-06 03:25 pm (UTC)
It's certainly more global-political than that.
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[User Picture]From: sartorias
2015-10-06 03:26 pm (UTC)
Awesome! I'm in.
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[User Picture]From: whswhs
2015-10-09 10:20 pm (UTC)
The second volume of the series showed up in response to my public library request, and I'm most of the way through it, with considerable enjoyment—so I'm glad you mentioned that there was a series. In fact it distracted me from The Traitor Baru Cormorant, which also looks interesting but which is a denser read and needs more mental focus.
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