Saturday 12 February 2011

NIGHT AND CHAOS by Naomi Clark

Ryan McCarthy fled Applied Paranormal Theory and Tactics, her father, and her lover six years ago, desperate to build life away from the weird science and supernatural experiments of her childhood. But everything she hoped to escape comes back with a vengeance when she’s kidnapped and tortured by a possessed APTT employee out for revenge on the man responsible for his possession: Ryan’s father.

Now, reunited with the lover she abandoned, Ryan is forced back into a world of danger and darkness she no longer understands, pursued by enemies with powers she can’t fathom. But Ryan’s not entirely powerless herself. She’ll have to use every trick she knows – as well as the mystic gift she hates – to stay ahead of those enemies. And that will be easier said than done.

This story starts with a bang. From the start, the heroine, Ryan, is placed in a very bad situation. Enough to hook me in right away. Actually, as soon as I met Ryan, I wanted to follow her on her journey back into a life she tried to escape.

Six years after she left APTT--Applied Paranormal Theory and Tactics--and her absent father, as well as her loyal lover, Ryan's living in a quiet town in Scotland. For once she has a place of her own, a nice job, and is actually getting on with an average life. Yet, she finds herself dragged back into it by a psychotic former employee who'll do whatever it takes to find out where her father is. And that's how she finds herself right back in the world she wanted so badly to leave behind.

As if that wasn't bad enough, her former lover, Van, also makes a return into her life. And every step of the way, she feels as if someone, or something, is watching her.

This was an amazing adventure. Not just in the physical sense, because Ryan finds herself going from Scotland to Ireland, and then London, but also emotionally. Ryan is forced to face her turbulent feelings for Van, painful feelings of betrayal for a father who never had time for her, and a mother who's all of a sudden interested in getting her hands on her--even if it means hiring some thugs to find her. I felt Ryan's pain and confusion as much as she did, and I'm totally fascinated with this world of devas and asuras.

I absolutely loved it, and cannot wait to read the next one, Blood and Bones.

H&UFRC books read: 8/24

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