trickofthelightcoverLas Vegas bar owner Trixa Iktomi deals in information.  And in a city where unholy creatures roam the neon night, information can mean life or death.

Not that she has anything personal against demons.  They can be sexy as hell, and they’re great for getting the latest gossip.  But they also steal human souls and thrive on chaos.  So occasionally Trixa and her friends have to teach them some manners.

When Trixa learns of a powerful artifact known as the Light of Life, she knows she’s hit the jackpot.  Both sides – angel and demon – would give anything for it.  But first she has to find it.  And as Heaven and Hell ready for an apocalyptic throwdown, Trixa must decide where her true loyalty lies – and what she’s ready to fight for.

Because in her world, if you line up on the wrong side, you pay with more than your life…

I enjoy Rob Thurman’s Cal Leandros series, so I was very keen to read Trick of the Light, the first book in her new Trickster series.

I found the first third of Trick of the Light was slow going.  My main problem with the beginning was the amount of time spent telling me that Trixa’s friends Zeke and Griffin were damaged and their co-dependancy made them functional, but not actually demonstrating this.  By the end of the book, Zeke and Griffin’s issues had been clearly shown to me, so I understood the choices they had made.  It was just the first part of Trick of the Light that drove me crazy!

 This telling not showing issue could be because Rob Thurman is trying to settle into a new first person character after 4 successful books with Cal’s first person narrative, or it could be an issue with introducing the reader to a new world.  (Actually, it’s the some universe as the Cal Leandros books, just exploring a different part.) 

I guessed some of Leo’s (the bartender and Trixa’s closest friend) background, and a tiny part of Trixa’s, but most of the background information about the characters is revealed in the final confrontation.  And what a finale!  I forgive the annoying beginning because of the totally awesome ending, that leads you to rethink everything that has happened previously.

Trick of the Light works because Trixa hasn’t told us even half of what we find out at the end.  I wonder how Rob Thurman will be able to write another Trickster book – but I’m eagerly waiting to find out!