Nov 182009
 

Violet Natalie Lindstrom is desperate to keep her daughter out of the clutches of the Violet Corps but because of their interference with any gainful employment, she is struggling to make ends meet.  When a job offer lands in her lap that would pay enough to keep her going for quite some time, she is suspicious that it seems too good to be true.  Can she afford to turn it down though?  The job is simple, travel to Peru and channel the spirit of a long dead Conquistador to find out where he stashed the stolen treasures of the Incas.  A simple job that could cost Natalie her life.

In Golden Blood has a slightly different feel to it than the previous two books.  Still just as good, but an added flavour of treasure hunting thrown in to an already powerful mix.  It’s good to see Natalie’s experiences are changing her, making her more mature but still the same gentle person she has always been.  I felt this book was more tense than the others and was equally as gripping.  I was never sure what the ultimate outcome would be and I had no choice but to keep reading, fearing but hoping at the same time, an odd mix of emotions.  There were a few scenes that made me want to cry and I can only put it down to Stephen Woodworth’s ability to write emotional and engaging books that are very easy to read, without skimping on detail, characterisation or imagination.  When I read the first book in the series, I thought it would be a trilogy but am happy to say there is another one to come.  I am looking forwards to that very much.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

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  • Author: Stephen Woodworth
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Nov 172009
 

Six years have passed since Natalie stopped the Violet Killer with Dan.  Sickened by the violence she resigns from the Violet Corps, and to make ends meet takes any freelance job she can get.  Not easy when the Corps try to block any employment to try and force her to come back. They also want to get their hands on the one legacy Dan left.  Their daughter.  When a killer is going to walk free due to the false testimony of a corrupt Violet, Natalie feels she has to try and prove how he did it.  The one thing she doesn’t bank on is something dark from her Mother’s history.

I still found the premise of Violets as unique and exciting as I did in the first book, Through Violet Eyes.  The character of Natalie continues to appeal with her strength, quiet dignity and determination.  The love for her daughter and the fierce protectiveness she has for her is compelling and touching, especially when you know what Natalie herself went through as a child.

The book was skillfully written, causing pangs of sorrow everytime Dan appears.  As I mentioned in the first book’s review, the mix of urban fantasy and crime  is just brilliant and I would be hard pressed to choose which genre it would fit into.  The pace of this book was just right, progressing with enough speed to keep me interested, but not so fast that I had to keep reading back to catch something.   The plot was complex enough to keep me glued to the pages, trying to guess what was going to happen.  I absolutely loved what he did with the ending, didn’t see that coming at all.  Highly recommended for anyone who likes a good solid thrilling read.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

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  • Author: Stephen Woodworth
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Jul 062009
 

The Violets – rare people born with violet eyes who can channel and communicate with the dead, allowing them to occupy their bodies for a brief time.  Fully documented and scientifically proven, they are often used in court to allow a victim or deceased criminal to speak, allow a dead composer to continue his work, an artist to continue painting.  Unfortunately someone is now killing them and FBI agent Dan Atwater is assigned the case.  Paired with Violet Natalie Lindstrom, they are in a race against time to uncover who wants such vengeance against the Violets and to stop any more from dying.

I really wasn’t sure what to think of it when I started this book, I read both crime and urban fantasy and I wasn’t quite sure if this would work and in all honesty it’s the best blending of crime and urban fantasy I’ve ever seen.  For fans of crime novels, this would be a good introduction to urban fantasy and vice versa.  To fans of both already, this would be a rare treat.

The writing is very smooth, easy to read and the plot has just enough twists to keep you turning the pages, needing to know what happens next.  The pace of the story unfolding was just right, each revelation furthering the plot, keeping you on your toes and guessing.

The characters were outstanding.  I loved the two main ones, Natalie and Dan, they were very easy to empathise with and you come to care about them a great deal.   You get glimpses into their pasts but without being bludgeoned over the head with it or it repeatedly getting in the way of them doing what they need to.

Something I found unique is that some of the dead characters were as entertaining as the living and you come to like some of them just as much, even though you get to meet them briefly.  Also getting an insight into what comes after in the world of the Violets was interesting, especially their fear of it.

I think Stephen Woodworth has really created something special with this novel and there are two more books to come.  I can’t wait!

Rating: ★★★★★ 

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  • Author: Stephen Woodworth
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