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Monday, June 26, 2006

****½ Jennifer Scales and the Messenger of Light by MaryJanice Davidson and Anthony Alongi. Contemporary fantasy, young adult.

I haven't read the first book in this series, Jennifer Scales and the Ancient Furnace, so it took me a chapter or two to familiarize myself with the world. After that, though, it was a fast-moving, action-packed story.

In the story world, there are three supernatural races: beaststalkers, weredragons, and werachnids (were-spiders, etc.), in addition to ordinary humans, and the three races are enemies. Jennifer, however, is both a beaststalker and a weredragon, putting her right in the middle.

She's up against enmity and prejudices from both sides, and a half-brother who's weredragon/werachnid, who's just shown up wanting revenge for being stuck in what would be called on Angel a hell dimension.

The characters are well-developed and sympathetic, and there are no easy answers. I'll be looking for the first book.


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