Burning Bridges (Retrievers, Book 4)
by Laura Anne Gilman
Review by Gayle Surrette
Luna Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780373802746
Date: 01 June 2007 List Price $14.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
Wren Valere is a retriever, sometimes that translates into thief, sometimes that means returning property to its rightful owner, sometimes that means making sure the object never has an owner, ever. Wren's very good at what she's does, and one of the reasons she's so good is no one seems to ever notice her. She blends into the background. People just skip over her as if she's not there. Sergei was one of the few that saw her, it's part of what made them partners and, later, lovers. Now, with the fatae being murdered, magic users being attacked, and building tension between the fatae and the lonejacks, Wren needs to step in and take an active part in making sure the two groups work together. However, the first step is being seen.
Building on events of Bring It, Burning Bridges picks up on the fragile coalition of fatae and lonejacks. They are being preyed upon and they're not sure by who, but signs point to the Council. Wren and P.B. find themselves, thankfully, not as leaders of either group but as consultants. Roles that suit them just fine since they don't want the limelight.
In Burning Bridges, we learn more about many of the major players in these books: Wren, P.B., Sergei, the Silence, and the Council. There's also building tension between Sergei and Wren, some left over from Bring It On, and some developing from Wren's involvement with the fatae and lonejack coalition.
Control. Power. Each are powerful forces. However, when control and power are untainted with restraint and empathy -- the resulting damage can be catastrophic for anyone who is between the ones who strive to gain power and control at any cost. And what cost are you willing to pay to help those you care about? What would you give up? Would you give up what you love most to protect someone you love? There are many issues buried in this story. Some of them will haunt you after you close the covers.
This one is a roller coaster ride of action and emotion from start to finish. I ended wondering, what next? And, I'm sure you'll be thinking the same thing when you reach the last page.