WHISKEY AND WATER
The wonderful Promethean Age series just keeps getting better, as this second title proves. Bear has a knack for writing beautifully damaged characters, who manage to be both alien and sympathetic at the same time, and then putting them in situations where they have no choice but to go through the fire. The result is glorious.
In the aftermath of the war between the Faerie and the Promethean Club, Matthew Magus lost nearly everything: his brother, his mentor and control over his power. Seven years later, he finds himself pulled back into that centuries-old argument, against his better judgment, when he discovers the body
of a girl.
With new allies and enemies at his back, Matthew is in a race to discover the true killer and motive before his ex-mentor, Jane, is able to parlay the death into justification for another attack on the Faerie.
(Roc, Jul., 448 pp., $14.00)