A BRUSH OF DARKNESS
Pang’s debut features a rich world of otherworldly lore and an engaging, action-packed story that’s far from cliché. However, the book suffers from protagonist Abby Sinclair’s inconsistently sarcastic nature, and dialogue that sometimes reads as unnatural. Further, there are awkward offhand references to very specific modern things (Skechers [a sneaker brand] and World of Warcraft [a video game]) peppered throughout, which take you out of the moment. Still, Pang’s next work is eagerly anticipated.