Trick of the Light
Author: Rob Thurman
Title: Trick of the Light
Series: Trickster 1
Pairing: M/F, M/M
Rating: Five Petals
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Now you see it… Now you don’t… Now you’re history.
There are demons in the world, Monsters. Creatures that would steal your soul. You might hide under your covers at night and pretend all’s right with the world, but you know. Even if you don’t want to admit it…
Las Vegas bar owner Trixa Iktomi deals in information. And in a city where unholy creatures roam the neon night, information can mean life or death. Not that she has anything personal against demons. They can be sexy as hell, and they’re great for getting the latest gossip. But they also steal human souls and thrive on chaos. So occasionally Trixa and her friends have to teach them manners.
When Trixa learns of a powerful artifact known as the Light of Life, she knows she’s hit the jackpot. Both sides-angel and demon-would give anything for it. But first she had to find it. And as Heaven and Hell ready for an apocalyptic throw-down, Trixa must decide where her true loyalty lies-and what she’s ready to fight for. Because in her world, if you line up on the wrong side, you pay with more than your life…
This is a difficult review to write because of the complexity in the book. Every single detail is important, nothing that is said or done is an accident, and the twists and turns are amazingly written, which means I need to be really careful with what I say here so I don't ruin the story for you. One wrong word could accidentally give something away and I don't want to do that.
Trixa is a bar owner and all around bad girl, and her goal in life is to live to the fullest. No regrets is her motto, but there's one regret that continues to haunt her: the brutal death of her beloved brother. She refuses to let her depression define her, which is one of the things that I most enjoyed. All of her antics brought a smile to my face. Overall, this was an amazing read.
The world Thurman created for her Leandros Brothers' Novels is wonderful. Humans go about their regular lives while magic creatures from all sorts of mythical tropes inhabit the same world in secret. Trixa's story is set in that world, but her story highlights a different sort of magic, one that I can't go into more depth on here or I'll give away too much. Suffice it to say the magic is really interesting and brought the plot together perfectly.
I absolutely recommend this book. The complexity of the writing, the depth of the world building, and the twists and turns that kept me hanging throughout the story were amazing. I have zero complaints about this book and will be rereading it again soon.
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