by C.T. Adams & Cathy Clamp
Review by Mel Jacob
Tor Mass Market ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765356659
Date: 04 March 2008 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
C.T. Adams and Cathy Clamp's newest Sazi novel, Timeless Moon, Book 6 in Tales of the Sazi, features Josette Monier and Rick Johnson, her former husband. The novel opens with Josette fighting for her life against poisonous snakes. Lately, attempts to kill her have escalated both in number and ferocity. While she slaughters one snake, it takes the help of a friend to destroy the other. Then a bomb demolishes Josette's house and almost kills her as well.
Rick and Josette belong to a race of immortal shapeshifters, the Sazi. The full moon heightens their hunger and need to assume animal form, in this case bobcats. Other Sazi have other animal forms such as great cats, wolves, raptors, snakes, and bears. The Sazi have superhuman strength and heightened senses.
Josette possesses the ability to see past, present, and future, although while experiencing a vision she may not know which it represents. The current threat to her appears related to all Sazi seers. Something or someone is draining the life from them. The conspiracy has blocked all visions of the future.
Innocents die. Josette learns she can't fight this battle alone and needs all the help she can get. However, deciding whom to trust provides a knotty challenge. Pushed from crisis to crisis, the non-stop action gives her and Rick little time to think.
A further complication comes from a nascent Sazi teenager about to undergo the change that will make her part of the Sazi. Unfortunately, her father hates all Sazi and is determined to prevent his daughter from becoming one. He also carries a deck of cards with the images of and bounties for the most potent of the Sazi including Josette, her brother-in-law, and even her enemies among the Sazi. Who made the deck and why remains an unanswered question.
Like the prairie dog pop-up arcade game, for each enemy Josette kills, another takes its place. Despite a new identity, foes track her, determined to end her life. Anyone who interferes may also die.
Steamy sex will please readers of earlier Sazi novels. They will also be glad to learn what has happened to those featured in previous books. At the end of the novel Adams and Clamp have left enough loose ends to continue the series.