In Staying Dead, Laura Anne Gilman introduced us to a world where magic is found in the electricity that runs the cities. Most people don’t even realize it’s there, but there are some who can manipulate the current and use it for their own purpose.
Wern Valere is one such person. She uses her Talent to Retrieve things for people. Usually they want her to return things that are stolen and might have some sort of magic tied in it. She loves her job and the thrills it gives her. But during her last job, she had to make a deal with a group called the Silence and it looks like that deal is going to come back and haunt her.
Silence orders her to Italy. It seems a parchment has been taken from a monastery there and the monks want it back. No one can tell her or her partner, Sergei anything. All they know is that people have a habit of disappearing after reading the document. Being forced to take this job, they can’t do their usual thorough research and they find themselves in deep trouble.
While things are going on in Italy that try Wren’s patience, it seems that not just the summer weather is heating up in New York. Things are slowly unraveling between the Talents and the faete-those non-human creatures that inhabit the world. The Council is taking an interest in her career as well and Wren knows it’s never good when she’s being noticed by anyone.
Throwing in the ever-growing complex relationship between her and Sergei, Wren is ready to explode. Can love survive the dangerous situation they find themselves in? Or will an ancient evil destroy everything they’ve worked so hard to find?
Ms. Gilman has done it again. She’s created a fast paced story with enough twists and turns to be worthy of the best mystery novels. She’s also created a realistic magical world with a heroine who is smart, has attitude and is strong. Wren also shows her vulnerable side as the reader sees her open up to people and demons whom become friends. The intense relationship with Sergei is allowed to grow and deepen without losing any of its effectiveness. They show it is possible for co-workers to be lovers. While Sergei still remains a mystery in many ways, there is no doubt he’s the right man for Wren.
For a wild and thrilling ride, pick up Curse The Dark by Laura Anne Gilman and start believing in magic.