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City of Souls by Vicki Pettersson


Cover art: City of Souls Reviewer: Jillean Key
Title: City of Souls - 4th in the Sign of the Zodiac series
Author: Vicki Pettersson
Publisher: Eos
ISBN: 978-0-06-145678-7
Release Date: June 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Paranormal Romance
Year/Setting: Present day Las Vegas
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Moderate
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Vicki's Website: www.vickipettersson.com

There is a war breaking between the Light and Shadow in Sin City. Joanna Archer is an Agent of Light and also the Kairos (or Archer). She is the one who can turn the tide to either side because she is both Light and Shadow. Her mother was an Agent of Light. She was seduced by the tulpa (the Shadow’s leader) and gave her powers to Joanna to save her life. Now after the death of her twin sister Olivia, she must assume her identity and find the tulpa and destroy him.

Prior to this book, Joanna has damaged her changeling (her child guide) and so the Manuals of Light have ceased to be written. These Manuals chronicle the events in the war and can help the Agents of Light to win the war. Joanna, being both Light and Shadow, can read both sets of Manuals. She must search them in order to find the means to fixing what she has broken in her changeling. Warren, the leader of Joanna’s troop, suggests she go to Midheaven to find her answers. What he fails to tell her is that the price she might have to pay to return is pieces of her soul. Joanna must travel to Midheaven and find the answers to help her changeling and conquer the evil amassing in Vegas.

I love Joanna and how she is such a strong character. She reminds me a lot of myself with her struggle to find who she is and what part she will play in the world. She struggles to battle the darkness in herself and remain true to the light. The only bad thing I have to say about this book is that I would like to have read the first three books. Some plot points are a little confusing. What started the war? How do the changelings fit in to the story? Things like this I would like to have known before starting this book. Besides those few things, this was a great book. It was fast paced and had lots of action in it.


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