by Melanie Jackson
Love Spell, August, 2003.
Paperback, 342 pages.
Io Cyphre is an undercover agent for HUG, Humans Under Ground. In her first serious assignment, she's sent to Goblin Town (a grimly fascinating alternate reality version of Detroit) to find out more about the Goblin Fruit, which is addicting and killing humans at an alarming pace. Since the Goblins arrived from France (described in a very funny backstory) America begrudgingly gave them asylum and they are now insidiously working their way into mainstream society. Io's co-agent on this mission is Jonathan "Jack" Frost, a dangerous death fey who is also a legendary operative. As Io and Jack delve deeper into the goblin's underground headquarters, they discover shocking secrets that could spell the end of humankind.
Like Laurell K. Hamilton, Melanie Jackson takes romance to a different, darker place with results that are both edgy and entertaining. In this first book of her new Wildside series, Jackson raises the bar for the genre. There is magic, passion and gritty crime drama, all set against a vivid and disturbing background. This is an imaginative and well-imagined story that should earn Melanie Jackson a large following.
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This review was published in the September-October, 2003 of The Internet Writing Journal.
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