The Taste of Night by Vicki Pettersson
The plot is also more interesting and less convoluted than the first book. “Taste” is a fantasy with bits of mystery successfully embedded. The directness and swift movement of the plot make “Taste” much harder to put down than “Scent.” Like me, you may find yourself reading it in one sitting, so reserve some time before you get started.
One negative is that the plague itself probably would not stand up to the scrutiny of an epidemiologist, but the twist is definitely one worthy of “Sin City.”
Worldbuilding, key to any good fantasy, is also much stronger in “Taste.” I’m particularly fascinated by Pettersson’s notion that comic books are the actual history of superheroes’ lives. Joanna’s interactions with the denizens of a comic book store are some of the best in the book.
It appears that “Taste” is not getting the kind of media push that “Scent” received. My one marker is the place that the book holds in the new books rack at my local bookstore. Some of you may not know that these spaces are purchased by the publishers in the major chains and the closer to eye-level and center, the better. “Taste” was on one of the lower rows. I’m hoping that the initial push for “Scent” will carry the book in momentum. The third sign of the Zodiac promises to be even stronger than the the first two.
One thing to note, “Taste” is definitely on the fantasy end of the fantasy-paranormal romance spectrum. While there is sexual content in this book, it is not treated in the same manner as a paranormal romance would be.
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