TAKEN BY THE OTHERS
The second title in the Shiarra Waynest series, Taken by the Others is an excellent addition to the vampires/werewolves genre. Protagonist Shiarra is an appealing modern heroine: powerful and strong, but still vulnerable and at times needy. With believable dialogue, quick pacing and lots of well-described action this is a fun, easy read that will have you eagerly turning the pages, though it doesn’t add up to anything particularly new in the vampire/werewolf folklore.
Private eye Shiarra Waynest somehow keeps getting dragged into the drama of the Others — vampires, werewolves and mages. This time, elder vampire Max Carlyle wants to use Shiarra to get revenge for a centuries-old grudge against Alec Royce, another elder vampire to whom Shiarra is, much to her chagrin, legally bound. After Max kidnaps Shiarra and allows two of his underlings to feed on her, Royce rescues her, and Shiarra decides the only way to be rid of Max for good is to kill him. But even with charms to protect her and friends at her side, will she be strong enough to kill Max and elude Royce’s manipulation? (ZEBRA, Jan., 352 pp., $6.99)