STILL LIFE
by Melanie Jackson

August 2004
ISBN: 0-505-52608-5
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Mass Market Paperback
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Continuing in the Wildside series, Still Life is the fourth book in the set, and brings readers back into the alternate world of fey, goblins, ghosts, hobgoblins, humans, and sometimes-dangerous politics.


Nyssa Laslo has a very special ability: she can project her mind. Jack Frost discovers that each time Nyssa mind projects, she gets dangerously closer to a secret that could bring deadly disaster. Her 'strange’ connection to hobgoblin Qasim hovers as a mystery she desperately needs to solve. The Unseelie Court has serious cause to worry about Nyssa’s dream projections, thus leaving her in immediate danger from them.


Jack sends a ‘dreamwalker’, executioner Abrial, to follow Nyssa in her mind journeys and to bring her back to Cadalach. While pursuing Nyssa in her dream projections, loner Abrial finds himself falling in love with her, thus complicating matters because love between the two should -- could -- never be.


Though action packed, full of all the fantasy ambience Ms. Jackson’s WIldside world has, this story lacked the ‘punch’ the previous books had. The love story was a bit on the lukewarm side, and this reviewer feels it could have been developed more. The characters didn’t stand out as strongly as previous hero and heroines, and the story seemed to waver with it’s pacing. Still, this is an intriguing fantasy world developed by the author and reader fans will no doubt “gobble” this latest story up, and eagerly wait for the next installment.


Reviewed in November 2004 by Kari.

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