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Equal parts Light and Shadow, Joanna Archer must fulfill a destiny she never wanted. Once a photographer and heiress to a casino fortune, she is now dedicated to the cause of good . . . but susceptible to the seductions of evil. A deadly virus is descending on Las Vegas--a terrifying plague unleashed by the powerful overlord of Zodiac's dark side: Joanna's father. Chaos and panic grip Sin City as agents of Light fall prey to the terrifying epidemic. Death reigns supreme--and Joanna stands at dead center of an epic and terrible war long foretold, the last hope of a damned world. But first she must somehow conquer the malevolence that grows all around her . . . and within.… (more)
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The Taste of Night by Vicki Pettersson

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I found this to be a good follow-up to the first book. Tension remains high, thus keeping the reader interested all the way to the end. And what an end it was! I can only say that the last battle in the book ended with a surprise. Joanna has certainly had some character growth. I am currently reading the third book and it looks like this trend will, happily, continue. ( )
  otaginenbutsuji | Nov 12, 2019 |
I could not put this book down. The second book was even better than the first, and I can't wait to see what happens next.

I love the inclusion of the comic and the kids at the comic shop. ( )
  tldegray | Sep 21, 2018 |
Joanne gets a little too focused on her vendetta with Jouquin and causes the death of an initiate of the Light because she listened to an initiate of the Shadows. Regan leads her astray and in the end gives Joanne a new person to focus on. Joanne also spends a little time with the Tulpa. Wonder what's next? ( )
  pnwbookgirl | Feb 7, 2016 |
I really liked the first book, was looking forward to reading this sequel. At about halfway through the book, I realized that I just wasn't interested in the angst of the main character, Joanna.

I literally skipped two chapters in the middle of the book to try to find something interesting.

The plot, the bad guys, the revelations about the comic book store denizens - all good and interesting. The surprise twist toward the end (setting up the next book) was rewarding.

Maybe Joanna needs to have a life-changing event OFF PAGE so she can get to the business of being a superhero. I want adventure, excitement, fiction - I don't want or need to know all of the details and pain of her personal growth journey. Throw a Chicken Soup for Heroes at her and get on with the story telling, would ya? ( )
  FiberBabble | Mar 30, 2013 |
When we last left Oliva/Joanna she had rooted out the spy in the light, met the Tulpa and come to terms that are life had changed forever. In The Taste of Night, Oliva/Joanna must live with the results of her decisions. Though she has developed an attraction for Hunter, her heart still belongs to Ben. The fact that she belongs to shadow and light continues to cause friction between her and the shadow warriors. She fears that they will never trust her. Within the turbulence of all the conflicts, chief among her concerns is to seek vengeance for the rape that she just barely survived at the tender age of fifteen.

There was a lot of world building in this book, but it did not slow down the action in the slightest. We learned how the comics are made which document the actions of the Shadow and Light warriors. We learned that it is possible to kill the Tulpa and that we are quickly approaching a time when Oliva/Joanna will bring light to the world if she manages not to shift to the dark side. In some ways the play between the dark and the light reminds of Star Wars and the Matrix. Of course, even when this approach was taken in Star Wars, it was not new, because it very much is a spin on the bible. What makes Pettersson's Zodiac books different, is that this time, the chosen one is a woman. I find this transgressive, because 'woman' has always been constructed as the downfall of man, rather than the savior.

Despite the fact that the book is set in Las Vegas, there continues to be a decided absence of GLBT people. There is however a suggestion of a male on male rape perpetrated by a shadow warrior. It is absolutely problematic to remove any and all suggestion that two people of the same sex can love each other and then include a same sex rape. It suggests that sex between men can only be violent and predatory. The other reference to GLBT people occurs in passing when it is mentioned that GLBT are dying in a plague in the Las Vegas area. Unfortunately, the plague is spread by kissing. When you think of how many GLBT people have lost their lives due AIDS, this plague is absolutely problematic.

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Equal parts Light and Shadow, Joanna Archer must fulfill a destiny she never wanted. Once a photographer and heiress to a casino fortune, she is now dedicated to the cause of good . . . but susceptible to the seductions of evil. A deadly virus is descending on Las Vegas--a terrifying plague unleashed by the powerful overlord of Zodiac's dark side: Joanna's father. Chaos and panic grip Sin City as agents of Light fall prey to the terrifying epidemic. Death reigns supreme--and Joanna stands at dead center of an epic and terrible war long foretold, the last hope of a damned world. But first she must somehow conquer the malevolence that grows all around her . . . and within.

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Equal parts Light and Shadow, Joanna Archer must fulfill a destiny she never wanted. Once a photographer and heiress to a casino fortune, she is now dedicated to the cause of good . . . but susceptible to the seductions of evil.

A deadly virus is descending on Las Vegas—a terrifying plague unleashed by the powerful overlord of Zodiac's dark side: Joanna's father. Chaos and panic grip Sin City as agents of Light fall prey to the terrifying epidemic. Death reigns supreme—and Joanna stands at dead center of an epic and terrible war long foretold, the last hope of a damned world.

But first she must somehow conquer the malevolence that grows all around her . . . and within.

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