Revenant (A Zoe Martinique Investigation)
by Phaedra Weldon
Cover Artist: Christian McGrath
Review by Gayle Surrette
Ace Trade Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780441018659
Date: 01 June 2010 List Price $15.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
Zoe Martinique is finally taking an interest in learning to control and explore her new abilities as a wraith. She has the help of The Archer (or TC) for training and explaining the Abysmal plane. She's also finally reading her way thorough the Dioscuri notes from the Society of Ishmael, which turned out to be run by her best friend, Rhonda. Things have settled down a bit since Phantasm, she has her mother back, her boyfriend, Detective Daniel Frasier, is in an insane asylum. And Zoe can now travel the planes without leaving her body.
It would seem that all's well except that bodies are turning up all over Atlanta, drained of blood. Zoe and Archer have run into a creature they'd never seen before -- and he's seen just about everything there is. It seems the Phantasm is stalking Zoe again.
This story is a thrill ride. The usual secondary characters are all there: Zoe's mom, Nona, and the two ghosts who live in her house/business, the neighborhood witch, Rhonda, Dags (a guardian and his two assistants), and Joe, the cop who helped her when her body was brought into the morgue in Wraith, along with some surprises.
In much of the previous series, Zoe just went along with what other people wanted and didn't make any effort to learn for herself what the planes were like and how the Abysmal and Ethereal plane interact. She's finally taking more of an interesting in her abilities and taking responsibility for using them. However, with this new found interest in taking control over her life and learning to rely on her instincts, she can make mistakes. Mistakes that could cost her everything she values and loves.
This is a book that takes you on a thrilling ride of an adventure, gives you glimpses of where Zoe might go in future installments and then pulls the rug out from under you, wraps you in it and beats you senseless. Nothing is as it seems and nothing you believe you know is going to help you figure out where the author is going to take you. Don't peek at the ending, let it sneak up and leave you speechless.