Saturday, May 3, 2008

Night Child by Jes Battis

Night Child
An OSI Novel
Jes Battis
May 27, 2008
ISBN# 978-0-441-01602-0

Tessa Isobel Corday is an Occult Special Investigator for the Mystical Crime Lab unit of CORE, she’s also a mage. She’s been assigned the case of a vampire that’s been killed in a puzzling way. The only clues in the murder appear to be an address and photo found in the victim’s pocket. The address leads Tess and her telepathic partner, Derrick Siegel, to a teenage girl, Mia Polanski, being raised by her aunt. The photo leads Tess into the vampire world where their attractive liaison, Lucian Agrado, is a powerful necromancer who both intrigues and repels her.

When Vailoid demons, who are mercenaries for hire, begin trying to kill Tess to kidnap Mia, she’s sure that there’s more to the young girl’s unsettling past. The closer they get to the truth, the more risky things become. It's not long before their boss pulls Tess and Derrick from the case and forbids them to have contact with Mia. When the young girl desperately needs help, Tess will be forced to decide whether to walk away or risk everything, including her life, to save her.

The first book in a new urban fantasy series, Night Child kicks things off with a murder investigation that leads the heroine down a twisting and dangerous path. Jes Battis takes readers on a tension filled journey of murder, mystery, and temptation. The author’s attention to detail when describing the investigative procedure and mystical talents keeps this fictional tale believable. An intriguing storyline, easy flowing dialog and fascinating characters all combine to keep readers engaged, but it’s the never knowing what’s around the corner that will have readers coming back for more.

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews


Harry Markov said...

Oh, I know about the book from the cover artist actually. I like to hop around art galleries and this is how I learned of this. Now this si what I call cool. There is magic, telepathy, necromancers and the likes. I am gonna beg for this.

Kimberly Swan said...

I thought it was a really good set-up for the first in a series, and the ending was a surprise for me. :) Hope you'll enjoy it too.

Unknown said...

I haven't come across this one before so thanks for the review. Now I have something new to put on my order list!

Kimberly Swan said...

There are getting to be more of the special investigator or private investigator in urban fantasy, but this is well detailed and I'm looking forward to the next one.