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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Any Given Doomsday (Phoenix Chronicles Book 1) by Lori Handeland

This book is due to be released November 4, 2008. I managed to get my hands on an ARC though, and I liked it. Quite a bit.

The premise is a psychic who has had some job troubles because of her gift. Liz was once a cop but is working as a bartender when we meet her.

We learn that she grew up in a foster home, with a wonderful foster mother. When her foster mother is murdered Liz gets thrown into the middle of things and discovers that humans aren't as close to the top of the food chain as she'd believed.

This book has werewolves and vampires and dhampirs and skinwalkers and a whole host of creatures from the bible and various mythologies and even a few fairy tales just for good measure.

Plenty of action and adventure, some violence, some gore, some mystery, some romance, and some sex. I appreciated the characters. And I really enjoyed learning things as Liz learned them. This is a new series, so we're learning the rules of this universe at the same time the main character is learning about things she would really rather not know. I enjoyed watching her learn, since the teaching process here was a good bit different than we've seen in other series.

Series Rating: This is the first book of the series so I can't give it a level yet. The first book had a great plot, and I can see a million different ways for the author to continue on with this series and keep things fresh and new. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

Book Rating: 8 out of 10 

Books in The Phoenix Chronicles
1. Any Given Doomsday November 2008
2. Doomsday Can Wait   May 2009

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