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Book Title: A Flash of Hex|
The author of the book: Jes Battis
Date of issue: May 26th 2009
ISBN 13: 9780441017232
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Flash of Hex is the second book from Jes Battis in her OSI series. OSI is the group of Occult Special Investigators and takes place in Vancouver, Canada. I didn't read, Night Child, the first book in this new series, but A Flash of Hex brings the reader up to speed about everything going on in Tess Corday's life. Tess is an OSI along with her best friend and roommate, Derrick Siegel. They work for Vancouver's Mystical Crime Lab. I can't help but compare Tess and Derrick's relationship to that one of Will and Grace, but with a supernatural slant. Tess is Grace and Derrick is Will. And you know what, it really works! In so many past urban fantasies I have read, the heroine of the piece is all alone with no family or friends. She is stunted socially and has major issues. Tess does have some problems, mainly with her mother and a man she shouldn't be involved with. A Flash of Hex is heavy on the suspense and the shocking horror of the crimes committed, but there are some nice lighthearted moments. Jes Battis is one author you will want to keep on your radar, especially if you are in the mood for a different type or urban fantasy, with a great first person POV.
As Tess and Derrick are deciding on what type of doughnuts they want, they are called to a crime scene that is very gory and disturbing. The victim is a young teenage boy who has been tortured and killed. He was also a drug user addicted to a very potent new drug called Hextacy. The victim's mother is a very powerful mage who wants retribution for her only son's death. Now Tess and Derrick are on a deadline to catch this killer before they strike again.
When such dark magic is used in horrendous ways, danger is around every corner. Tess has no choice but to turn to the mysterious necromancer, Lucian Agrado. Tess has been warned not to become too close to Lucian. A romantic relationship will not be tolerated between these two by Tess's unseen bosses. But Jess has crossed that line already and she realizes she places herself and everyone she cares about in a bad situation if she continues to act on her desire for Lucian. Every time Tess is with Lucian, her internal arguments on why she shouldn't do anything with him is funny. If I were in the same place, I would do the same because Lucian is one sexy guy with a great deal of power at his fingertips. And he sure does know how to use those hands in wonderful ways when it comes to Tess.
Along with Lucian and Miles Sedgewick, who is deaf, a profiler and a love interest for Derrick, Tess and her group enter into the underworld of dark magic, drug trafficking and drug use. Tess witnesses things she never thought possible, including more murders of young misunderstood teens, some who have incredible powers at their disposal. Not only is the stress of the case getting to Tess, she also has to deal with Mia, the vampire teen she and Derrick have taken into their home. Tess is not cut out to be a parent and can barely keep it together as she and Lucian continue to step around their attraction for one another. And because of her mother, Jess doesn't realize she may be closer to the killer than she thinks.
Jes Battis has written a wonderful book that mixes science and magic as well as mystery and suspense. A Flash of Hex has a bit of everything. There are pop culture references throughout and nice romance undertones between Tess and Lucian. Ms. Battis makes sure that Derrick gets a bit of love action also. I love the friendship between Tess and Derrick, especially when the talk about things other than the case. They have a great relationship that I wish I could read in other urban fantasies such as this one. I am so used to reading about a heroine like Tess not having any family or friends to turn to. That is not the case with A Flash of Hex.
The crimes are horrible and the outcome even worse as some diabolical being is targeting teenage boys who are lost in the world. And when you find out why, you will be as shocked as Tess is.
There are so many urban fantasy books saturating the market that may be a bit too alike in their telling, but that is definitely not the case with Jes Battis. If you are a die hard urban fantasy enthusiast I urge you to pick up A Flash of Hex.
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Read information about the authorJes Battis was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1979. In addition to writing fiction, he has also published academic books and a variety of scholarly articles in the areas of fantasy, television, and queer studies.
He earned his PhD in English from Simon Fraser University in the Summer of 2007. He teaches in the Department of English at the University of Regina.
He also writes as Bailey Cunningham.
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