Sunday, December 21, 2008

Review – “Dark Nights. Dark Dreams” by Savannah Russe

U.S. foreign agent Sam Chase has always kept her psychic abilities a secret--until now. Recruited to solve a case so macabre and chilling that it can't be rationally explained, she joins an elite unit with three other young women who rank among the top mediums in the world. But these amazing psychics are definitely no angels. One is a voodoo priestess, another is a witch, and the third has a secret, dangerous past.

Like it or not, Sam is part of a new sisterhood--and she's been teamed with Lance "Bear" Rutledge, a sexy forensic investigator who thinks this supernatural stuff is all bunk. Unfortunately he's not only getting under Sam's skin, but he has also started invading her dreams--and her heart. As Sam and Bear combat their forbidden passions, they find themselves fighting for their country and their lives in a battle against the darkest evil of all . . .
Dark Night, Dark Dreams is the start of a new urban fantasy series titled the ‘Sisterhood of the Sight’. The opening line from the book blurb encapsulates the basic concept of the series –
“Four extraordinary women with amazing psychic talents. A highly specialized team with one purpose: Solve crimes so terrifying they seem out of this world.”
The novel opens with its strongest sequence, a scene from Sams’ POV in Iraq that nicely captures the world-weariness and tension of war assignments and leads up to her strong-armed enlistment into a secret paranormal division of the CIA back in the US. She is joined shortly by her three other team-mates. Each of the women has a supernatural ability – Sam is a remote viewer/psychic, Frankie a witch, Rina talks to the dead and Aurora is an animal talker.

Bodies have gone missing from Arlington Cemetery, and the team has been formed to identify supernatural clues to aid in the investigation. For the most part Dark Night, Dark Dreams reads like a traditional mystery thriller with supernatural or occult overtones. The women even have a mysterious boss ‘Ms. Z’ who hands out the assignments and directs operations quietly in the back ground. Zombies, voodoo and plots for world domination are featured.

All of the women are self-sufficient, lonely by nature because of the secrets they have had to protect. The formation of the Sisterhood allows them to be more open about their gifts and they bond very quickly. This builds Sam’s confidence enabling her to take a chance and respond to the attraction she feels for Bear who has been assigned to the case from the Department of Defense. Bear and Sam’s relationship is the featured romantic story arc for this book, but the seed is also planted for Frankie’s turn. I suspect the main character focus will rotate from book to book much as we see in Yasmine Galenorn’s Sisters of the Moon series.

The almost traditional portrayal of supernatural elements makes Dark Night, Dark Dreams seem far more mainstream then many urban fantasy and paranormal romance novels and I sometimes found myself wishing for an edgier, more fantastic slant to the story, or perhaps a greater reinvention of the occult themes. Altogether though a satisfying read, but I must admit a preference for Russe’s Darkwing Chronicles series.

AUTHOR AND BOOK SHOWCASEOfficial Savannah Russe Website

Savannah Russe is a pen name for Lucy Finn. Visit the Lucy Finn website here.

No excerpts available.

Penguin Group (USA)
Published: December 2008
ISBN #: 9780451225665
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320


Sisterhood of the Sight:

  1. Dark Nights Dark Dreams

Darkwing Chronicles:

  1. Beyond the Pale (2005)
  2. Past Redemption (2006)
  3. Beneath the Skin (2007)
  4. In the Blood (2007)
  5. Under Darkness (2008)


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