Title: Pack of Lies
Author: Laura Anne Gilman
Release Date: January 18, 2011
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Rating: 4 out of 5
Bonita Torres is back, along with the Private Unaffiliated Paranormal Investigations team (PUPI for short), and they’ve just landed one of their biggest cases yet. Unfortunately, it’s also a bomb just waiting to go off; the implications of it, as well as what they find, could ignite a war between the human magical community, called the Cosa Nostradamus, and fatae. Can Bonnie and her colleagues figure out what is going on before it’s too late?
Pack of Lies is the sequel to Hard Magic, and it really fleshes out and explores the world that Gilman worked hard to build. Readers who enjoy an intricate and complex backstory will love learning the tidbits about the Cosa Nostradamus and fatae that Gilman has sprinkled through this novel. Though she answers questions and provides information, Gilman does it in a way that will make readers even more curious about this world she’s created.
The mystery behind Pack of Lies is an intriguing, if somewhat confusing, one. Readers will need to pay close attention to all the details given over the course of the investigation or they may end up puzzled by the process of obtaining the final verdict. Gilman doesn’t treat her reader with kid gloves, instead plunging them deep into this world and presenting them with a very strange scenario. It’s incredibly well done, and while it’s a gripping mystery, it also serves to educate the reader more about this well-conceived world.
I mentioned in my review of Hard Magic that Bonnie irritated me a bit, but that I predicted her rough edges would soften in future books, and I was completely right. I actually really liked Bonita in Pack of Lies. She's grown up quite a bit, as she grapples with the gravity of her everyday occupation. She’s a hard worker and throws herself into PUPI, giving them everything she has and more, and it’s gratifying to see someone so young dedicated to something larger than themselves. I really look forward to getting to know her more in future books.
With Pack of Lies, Laura Anne Gilman has really solidified a great urban fantasy series. If you’re looking for something a bit different than your normal read, but something that isn’t too far our of reach, this is a great book to pick up. Set in our normal world, yet containing goings-on just under the surface, Gilman will introduce you to an entire new reality. The third book in the series, Tricks of the Trade, is already out and I’m looking forward to reading it.
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