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Soul Trade (2012)

by Caitlin Kittredge(Favorite Author)
3.81 of 5 Votes: 1
031238825X (ISBN13: 9780312388256)
St. Martin's Paperbacks
Black London
review 1: The Black, the magical undercurrent that blankets the world, is fracturing a foreboding sign of things to come, but possible apocalypse or not Pete has to feed her baby daughter Lily and Jack the love of her life and bane of her existence so hanging around a graveyard at night to look for a murderous ghost is business as usual. That is until dead men in black robes hand her an invitation for a meet with the deadly and very exclusive secret Prometheus club, their message: Attend or Die.This is another fast paced and action packed book in the Black London series, full of zombies and creepy demon children it kept me enthral led to the very end. One of the aspects I love about this series is Ms Kittredge's writing, she manages to create a grim almost hopeless atmosphere, with ... morePete and Jack as the perpetual underdogs (and as a Brit, I love an underdog!) but still keep a vein of foul mouthed humour through out so it doesn't become too depressing.This book further develops the theme of really-bad-things-still-to-come as the Morrigan tries to get her talons into Jack, and Belial, now a newly minted Prince of Hell also trying to get him on side as they believe the world is inevitably ending and all these cracks letting the big bad monsters in are just the light entertainment before the real show begins. I love that through all these world ending predictions all Pete wants is her family to be safe, she is the rock in this series as Jack makes poor decisions and she helps reel him back in.This was a fantastic book, I loved the zombie theme, it kind of had a Shaun of the Dead vibe (if you haven't watched that film you need to get ON IT) only with more swearing and less ginger haired blokes. But what I liked most was how it ended, I cannot wait  i see what happens next! 
review 2: With Jack and Pete stopping the demon Nergal from entering the world every ghost and lesser demon and those touched of magic felt it. That's why Pete ended up waiting in a graveyard, with an old force associate, for a lady murdering ghost Mickey Martian, which is what Jack does, except he's not wanting to do anything as of late. Pete takes on exorcism cases, even though Jack thinks they're a waste of their time, to put food on the table and take care of Lily's needs. Pete realizes something is wrong with the ghosts and Black. But when done and leaving the cemetery, she is approached by five wax-skinned men to invite her to a club where refusal is of dire circumstances. She still says no, but what happens when she opens the invitation... It seems jack and Pete are heading to Manchester - the terrible home Jack ran from - then to a tiny town possessed by something they've never seen before, and a case in Pete's past surfaces to grab her heart.We start to see the ramifications of what happened at the end of Devil's Business. Those with a touch of visions would never have known they had any ability except the black has changed causing their talent to spike, many more can see ghosts now. People as talented as Jack are suffering a little more with the spike to him as well. The Black is more potent in areas and stressed. The Black is in flux. After what happened in Los Angeles, and the demons returning to the Black, no mages in London trust Jack or will hire him. They don't trust Pete either with being a Weir, but mundanes will, and they are broke beyond broke.Pete and Jack as a couple...I was nervous about how they would be in the last two books. And at the end of Devil's Business, I thought there might be a chance they could work out together. They do. They seem to be back to okay and even a little more than I'd seen them before. Although, they do still curse and tell each other they are wrong, that is what I love about them, they hold nothing back. Lily has joined us as well.The story starts full in, as always, with action in a complicated exorcism. The story movies fast, taking us around to different places and happenings with Pete and Jack. Caitlin isn't afraid to move her characters around, and it works wonderfully to the plot.We do get to learn more about Jack and his upbringing, or what little of it there was. His parents, how he got into the mage world, and what his affiliation with the mysterious group The Prometheans is. Jack hates the town he left behind, but for Pete he will do anything and go anywhere. And Jack does just that. We even learn more about Pete and her Weir powers. This is interesting for me as I wanted more of her and her powers. This book is from Pete's eyes, and I really liked it. As I still have questions, I feel I got just what I wanted with Pete this round. She, too, is still learning about her own abilities and using it. So there's not much given, but by use you get to see what it's about. And maybe Pete is the only one of her kind at this time...It seems Pete and Jack are a pair that everyone doesn't want, but yet has to have. They want control of the powers they possess. Old friends are called upon, old case victims surface, Jack's history and childhood come to life, and all blended to the story at hand. Caitlin has drawn back to Street Magic, the first book, for a few characters here. The series has really built on itself.I was thrilled with this book. I think this might be the best of the series yet. less
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Freaky came to mind after closed book, this series has been entertaining and now on to book 6!
These books always leave me wanting MORE.
4.5. Was that really the end of it?
Releasing August 2012.
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