The first book of a refreshing new urban fantasy series from ex-Las Vegas showgirl, Vicki Pettersson. For fans of the hit tv show Heroes. Two groups of superheroes -- one light, one shadow -- fight for control of sin city, Las Vegas. When she was sixteen, Joanna Archer was brutally assaulted and left to die in the Nevada desert. By rights, she should be dead. Now a photographer by day, she prowls a different Las Vegas after sunset -- a grim, secret Sin City where Light battles Shadow-seeking answers to whom or what she really is, and revenge for the horrors she was forced to endure. But the nightmare is just beginning, for the shadows are hunting Joanna, and they want her for their own ... Lead title / A break from the usual vampires and werewolves, this superhero series will delight fans of Jim Butcher and Kelley Armstrong / Online announcements, sample chapters and Voyager website activity / Competition: Kelley Armstrong, Jim Butcher, Kim Harrision, Charlaine Harris
After ten years with the Tropicana's Folies Bergere, Las Vegas native Vicki Pettersson traded in her sequins for a laptop. But she still knows all about what really happens behind the scenes in Sin City.
Despite its romance pedigree (Kim Harrison and Charlaine Harris contribute advance praise), this moody, fast-paced debut falls into the growing "dark fantasy" category, which blends fantasy, comic book superheroism and paranormal romance, but holds no promise of a happily-ever-after. The book's heroine, Joanna Archer, has spent the years following a brutal attack learning martial arts and trolling Sin City, Nev., for trouble. On the eve of her 25th birthday, she finds it in the form of a peculiar date who looks like a gaunt banker one moment and like hell spawn the next. Joanna fights her way out of his grasp, but her close encounter is only the beginning. Before long, she finds herself caught up in a world where a superhuman few-the Light-fight evil from the Shadow realm, a world in which she's recognized as the "Kairos," a prophesied warrior made up of both Shadow and Light who's destined to help Light prevail. Pettersson centers her story around the signs of the Zodiac, putting an imaginative spin on a familiar setup. Though graphic scenes (in which tongues are severed, heads ripped off, etc.) will repel some readers, others will embrace Pettersson's enduring, tough-as-nails heroine and anticipate gleefully the next volume, due in April. (Mar.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
'Readers will embrace Pettersson's enduring, tough-as-nails heroine and anticipate gleefully the next volume' Publishers Weekly 'Read at your own risk -- it'll keep you up past your bedtime' Charlaine Harris 'The Scent of Shadows came out of nowhere and slapped me silly. Vicki Pettersson is a new voice that needs to be heard' Kim Harrison 'From the school of unputdownable books, The Scent of Shadows rockets into the air and explodes like fireworks, with nonstop bursts of action and imagination' Diana Gabaldon