Lies & Omens

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Lies & Omens

A Shadows Inquiries Novel, Book 4

“Lies & Omens” by Lyn Benedict is part of her ‘Shadows Inquiries’ series which features Sylvie Lightner, a very unusual P.I. who has inadvertently accrued quite a reputation as well as some potentially uncomfortable powers so that she is now known as the New Lilith. Sylvie inadvertently caused a significant power shift and now has a somewhat unpredictable ally in the form of the former Fury Erinya whose power and volatility make her extremely dangerous. Vicious attacks on Sylvie’s nemesis, the ISI, in various cities leads Sylvie to suspect an overall coordinator but she is frustrated in her research of the subject by the inexplicable amnesia that seems to occur nationwide. Even as she struggles to keep herself and her allies unharmed, she has another ‘leftover’ problem to deal with, Lupe Fernandez, who is suffering from a curse that is morphing beyond Sylvie’s capablities to manage. Sylvie is also still adjusting to her lover Demalion’s situation and her conflicts about his choices. The Magicus Mundi seem to be unconcerned about exposure to humans but there is a definite force working to obliterate knowledge of the magical events taking place, with deleterious effects and Sylvie fears that her human partner Alexandra may never recover from the strain. So many things to juggle, how can one person handle all of it and the little voice in her head as well?

A gritty urban fantasy that combines magic with struggles between gods in various pantheons. There is a great deal of violence and mayhem that follows Sylvie around as she strives to fulfill her commitments and juggle the opposing factions in her life. The struggle to influence a recently elevated goddess who is ruthlessly culling the ranks of witches contrasted with her need to find (and keep alive) a reliable witch with sufficient power to remove a powerful curse is characteristic of the issues that Sylvie is trying to resolve. The question of who is an actual ally and what the end goals are is a bit confusing and the result is a solution and yet another shift in power that might be more than anyone bargained for. The author delights in ratcheting up the complications in Sylvie’s world so that her ‘happy for now’ endings always have a potential stinger and make the reader curious about what else could possibly happen to make things even more difficult. A true example of the adage...”with friends like these, who needs enemies?”, especially if one so-called friend is a goddess. An intriguing but dark read that will whet one’s appetite for more in the series.

Book Blurb for Lies & Omens

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...

Night Owl Reviews May, 2012 4.00