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Curse the Dark
by Laura Anne Gilman

Category: Fiction / Fantasy
400 pages; ISBN: 0373802277

Rating: 9/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner

Review

Curse the Dark
Laura Anne Gilman
Luna, July 2005, $13.99, 400 pp.
ISBN 0373802277

In a world where most people don’t believe in magic, there is a group of practitioners, humans who have talent to use the current from electricity to perform magic. Wren is a Retriever, a lonejack (a Talent not affiliated with the Mage Council); a person who finds and returns missing objects to the client. Her partner Sergei convinces her to take a contract from the Silence an organization who keeps the world from imploding.

Their first assignment is to retrieve a manuscript that was stolen from the House of Legend a church in Sienna, Italy. When they arrive there, they learn that the church is not wired for electricity because the monks, unknowingly are guarding the library which contains malevolent manuscripts, texts and books. These guardians know that whoever reads the manuscript disappeared. Information sends them back to New York where the book is now in the hands of a private library that they are unable to gain access to due to spells. If they don’t find a way to return the book to the Silence, the tome will wreck havoc on the city and then the country and if not unchecked, the world.

CURSE THE DARK is a great romantic fantasy that will appeal to readers of Laurell K. Hamilton. The heroine is blacklisted by the Mage Council, is trying to keep the lonejacks from battling the council and is trying to adjust to the consummation of her relationship with Sergei. She also wants the fatae (the non-human magical creatures) protected by Talents who see them as an unfavorable species. Laura Anne Gilman is a master at characterizations, a great world builder and a gifted storyteller.

Harriet Klausner

 

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