Review: Lies & Omens by Lyn Benedict

April 27, 2012 Review 9 ★★★★

 

Lies & Omens (Shadows Inquiries, #4) Title: Lies & Omens
AuthorLyn Benedict
Series: Shadows Inquiries #4
Cover Art: Shane Rebenschied
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Excerpt: No
Source: Publisher
Reviewed by: Julia

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ace; April 24, 2012
  • ISBN-10: 1937007502
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937007508
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Sexual Content: A sex scene.

Rating:


Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list.

Description

Sylvie Lightner is a P.I. specializing in the unusual—in a world where magic is real, and Hell is just around the corner. After escaping secret government cells and destroying a Miami landmark, Sylvie’s trying to lay low—something that gets easier when a magical force starts taking out her enemies. But these magical attacks are a risk to bystanders, and Sylvie can’t let that slide.    When the war between the government and the magical world threatens the three people closest to her—her assistant, her sister, and her lover—Sylvie has no choice but to get involved with hidden powers bent on shaping the world to their liking. Now, with death and disaster on the horizon, even if Sylvie wins, things will never be the same…

Review

It was such a treat to be back in the  Shadows Inquiries world, and LIES AND OMENS doesn’t waste a single page before ramping up the action.  Almost invisibly, Benedict intertwined gentle reminders about Sylvie’s past without slowing down the current events one bit (though new readers should definitely put in the time to read prior books).  By the time Sylvie was clinched in what is the absolute best shower scene I’ve ever read, I knew I was going to gulp this book down in one sitting (and I was right).

Above and beyond a killer first act, the entire book is infused with Benedict’s knack for appealing darkness. None of the loose ends from prior books are swept under the rug, but these difficult, heart-wrenching relationships are saved from any hint of drama by Sylvie’s clear-eyed emotional bravery.  In general, I do not like angry characters, yet Sylvie’s brand of rage is transmuted into something gorgeous. Her intransigence becomes more and more important as the line between “friend” and “monster” blurs.  Whether it’s something as small as mentioning the bitter taste of soap in a sex scene or acknowledging the devastating consequences of past victories, Benedict brings a gritty reality to her urban fantasy that I find absolutely irresistible.

Despite the shotgun start, LIES AND OMENS did have a lull in the action two thirds of the way through.  However, that slight pause soon swept away to a climactic finish.  Benedict managed a difficult feat for a mid-series ending, offering a resolution that was satisfying for her characters while still lighting the fuse on fantastic possibilities for future books.  LIES AND OMENS was #10 on my Top 12 for 2012 list, and as quickly as I’ve finished it, I’m already penciling in a spot for Shadows Inquiries #5 on this year’s new list.

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9 Responses to “Review: Lies & Omens by Lyn Benedict”

  1. Julia

    Thanks, Elin, I'm glad you enjoyed it. This series is a little darker brand of UF, so I think it flies under the radar. Now that you can line up four books and reads straight through, I think it's more accessible to new readers. Definitely worth checking out.

  2. Kristin

    Wow, I have not heard of this series before!!! I'm glad I saw your review so I can add this series to my TBR. I've been stuck in the YA world too long and I need to get back to my UF love :)
    -Kristin @myparahangover

  3. Julia

    That series list was a typo, GODS & MONSTERS got repeated (sorry, no new Sylvie books that have been hidden from view). Thanks for the catch!

    Oh, the LJ entry completely crushes my morning, I was worried about that. Even as I was adding the Marla Mason book to the "Similar Titles" list, I could feel the jinx coming on. That last sentence was as much willful hope as anything else, even though I couldn't find a title for Shadows Inquiries #5. As a mid-series ending, LIES & OMENS was wonderful, as a series ending… I'm too sad to be happy about it.