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A BRUSH OF DARKNESS
Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
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.
After an accident six months ago killed Abby Sinclair’s mother, she was conscripted to become the faery Moira’s Touchstone — a mortal partner necessary for OtherWorlders to cross between our realm and their own. When Moira goes missing, Abby teams up with a group whose members straddle the line between friend and foe in order to rescue her employer. But things get dangerous when an incubus and a crew of mercenary demons get involved. Will Abby be able to resist the incubus, rescue Moira and make it out alive from a world she barely understands? (POCKET, Feb., 384 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed By: Leah Hansen
Published: February 2011