C. T. Adams & Cathy Clamp
Tor, 2005 (2005)
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Reviewed by Martina Bexte
omeone or some
is kidnapping and murdering female shape shifters. To make matters worse, the latest kidnap victim happens to be the mistress of a Las Vegas Mafia Don. He threatens the Sazi with a bloody war if they do not find and return Barbara.
hile the Sazi are certain they would win any war directed their way, they also understand that engaging in such a confrontation could expose their secretive culture to unwanted human attention. At this point, they realize that Tony Giodone might be their only option. A crack hit man, Tony is good friends with Carmine and has, in the past, carried out numerous jobs for the Mafia Don. And while Tony would rather spend time with his wife, Sue, and learn more about his new physiology (he was recently turned into a werewolf by none other than Barbara), he knows that neither Carmine nor the Sazi council will take no for an answer.
o begins a tangled and dangerous trail that takes Tony and Sue to Chicago. Here Tony must assume his new position within that region's wolf pack. He, and his pack leader, Nikoli, make an additional discovery that relegates Tony to a higher status within the Sazi world. He is able to see into the past and the future, something that is almost unheard of, but most helpful in tracking down the mysterious creature murdering their kind. Sazi council members gather from around the globe as the crisis escalates. With their help and insight, Tony is able to track down and put a stop to a creature straight out of his worst nightmares.
. T. Adams and Cathy Clamp have created another well-written, intriguing story in
. The duo has a unique voice. Like their first book,
, this sequel is also told through Tony's very
point of view. The authors spend the balance of the book showing (through Tony's interaction with Sazi who have come to Chicago to diffuse the crisis) the intricate hierarchy of this singular world. They introduce plenty of new characters, and the fact that these shape shifters encompass many different animal species - like Komodo dragons, leopards, and snakes (to name just a few) - adds punch to the
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