Also in this series: Hunted by the Others, Taken By the Others, Decieved by the Others
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The Others–vampires, werewolves, things that go chomp in the night–don’t just live in nightmares anymore. They’ve joined with he mortal world. And for private investigator Shiarra Waynest, that means mayhem…
Have a one night stand with a vampire, and you can end up paying for it for eternity. P.I. Shiarra Waynest, an expert on the Others, knows that better than most. Yet here she is, waking up beside charismatic vamp Alec Royce with an aching head…and neck. Luckily, Shia has the perfect excuse for getting out of town–namely, a couple of irate East Coast werewolf packs who’d like to turn her into a chew toy.
On Royce’s suggestion, Shia temporarily relocates to Los Angeles. But something is rotten–literally–in the state of California, where local vampires are being attacked by zombies. Who could be powerful enough to control them–and reckless enough to target the immortal? Following the trail will lead Shia to a terrifying truth, and to an ancient enemy with a personal grudge…
Realistically, this book has all of the elements that I felt were missing in the last book, Stalking the Others. There is action, deceit, twists and turns, and all of that fun stuff. Jess Haines brought back some of the elements from previous books that really played well into this story and helped tie them all together. Things I had completely forgotten about, I was reminded of, and in a good way.
Just when you start to think Shiarra will chill out. I’m glad she finally got laid. She needed to. But can she just relax and be done with the nonsense? Nope. I guess it’s not entirely her fault. We find out early on that she is being sent to California with Sarah for their “protection.” Seriously, I’ve never heard of someone who constantly needs the protection that this girl does! I’m still finding myself seeing her as indecisive and hypocritical in some ways. She is so impulsive that it’s scary. It really is a wonder that she hasn’t gotten herself killed yet.
So Shia and Sara get to go to LA to stay with the vampire in control of that area, Clyde Seabreeze. Every time I hear his name I think of the Clyde and Seymore show at SeaWorld in Orlando, but I’m sure that’s just me. Clyde is crazy flamboyant and seemingly very vain. He’s got something going on with his hair which is an off limits conversation apparently. The girls are given a guest house to stay in on his property. Apparently Clyde owes Royce something and this is why he has been given the task of taking them in under his protection. Of course Clyde puts them to work as soon as they get there. Someone has been raising Zombies that are killing Clyde’s people. Only Clyde’s people. They are not bothering humans, or the other vampires in town.
Jimmy Thrane is another vampire “master” in town. He runs a small group and really only has a small portion of area to be in charge of. I’m not quite sure why it is that Clyde has allowed him to be in charge of this area when it seems that Jimmy isn’t quite right in the head. He is very theatrical and apparently lurves him some Karaoke. I found myself wanting to know a little bit more about what his deal is. I really enjoyed his nicknames for Clyde, such as “Froofty McPrissypants
While searching for whoever is controlling the zombies, Shia runs into her old friend Devon, who seems to be in charge of the local White Hats. I really like the way they interact as characters and think they have a different sort of dynamic than Shia has with most of the other people she deals with.
She also has a small amount of interaction with one of the local werewolf packs, The Goliaths. These are some big ass werewolves. No joke. But since this story is mainly about the zombies, the werewolves are just a minor part of the story.
The climax of the story is pretty good. When we find out what is really going on, it’s not a huge surprise, but it isn’t a completely obvious concept either. It plays into the nature of human greed and reminds one that even though these are “monsters” they still carry some of that part of humanity with them.
Definitely read this book. It’s a great continuation of the story and has a great ending that will have you looking forward to reading the next book in the series. I know I’m looking forward to it!
Buy it here: Forsaken By the Others
I’m a displaced New Yorker with a penchant for the silly, the obscure, and the fantastical. Los Angeles is home for the time being, since it consistently meets my daily quota of strange. I’m currently working on the H&W Investigations urban fantasy series. Find out more about Shiarra Waynest, drop me a line, or join my mailing list at www.jesshaines.com!