by Melanie Jackson
Love Spell, November, 2003.
Paperback, 342 pages.
In the alternate reality version of the United States introduced in Ms. Jackson's first book, Traveler, goblins (the much unwanted immigrants from France) are slowly infiltrating our government. There is an underground movement to stop the greedy, murdering goblins, but things don't look good for humans. Cyra Delphin is a brilliant scientist who trusted the wrong person; now her discoveries are being sold to the goblins to hurt humans. Part selkie herself and part powerful Moon fey, Cyra has always hidden the fact that she is not entirely human. Now on the run from the goblins, Cyra meets up with Thomas Marrowbone, who is also a powerful fey. Together, Cyra and Thomas set out to take down the goblin headquarters in Sin City (think Las Vegas in Quentin Tarantino's worst nightmares.)
Melanie Jackson is a talent to watch. She deftly combines romance with fantasy and paranormal elements to create a spellbinding adventure. The action is fast-paced, the dialogue is funny and the two protagonists spark like a bonfire on a cold winter's evening. Together with her first book in this series, The Traveler, Outsiders would make a fabulous gift for any romance fan who likes a little paranormal spice.
Outsiders is available for purchase on Amazon.com
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This review was published in the November-December, 2003 of The Internet Writing Journal.
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