Trancehack. Sonya Clark
Trancehack. Sonya Clark
I loved Sonya’s Mojo Queen and Red House so looked forward to reading this. I was a bit concerned over the world setting. Its reminded me a bit of the way the Psy-net works in Nalini Singh novels, and though I love and count her Angels works among my favourites I struggle with the Psy ones. I needn’t have worried though, the Net part of things here is an essential part but doesn’t dominate the novel. And even as a real Tech Nerd I could follow how things worked and what Calla was doing.
So about the characters, Calla, I loved her from the start. A real independent and strong woman on the surface, she’s far more underneath, and along with club owner Vadim (?) and some other volunteers she ran an underground dangerous rescue mission. Its a horrific world – again reminded me of another novel, The Chysalids which I read and loved at school. Its the way in this novel those with magic, different and therefore deemed dangerous, were isolated from their families and from society in general, having to live and survive on the outskirts (the Fringes from what I recall of the Chysalids) with no rights to vote, mix with normals, own things, marry etc. Normals having children testing positive for Magic via DNA tests had to give the baby up. Then there’s Nate, the Normal policeman, who’s been brought up to dislike Magicborns, through a family history tragedy. He’s a great guy, I love his lines “that’s detective as-shole to you”…. and he’s so genuine. Despite his upbringing and parents t Nate is a decent character, learning things all the while from his recent move to the city, and seeing Magicborn people for the first time at close quarters. Nate is a fair man but naive, and when he’s put on the track of a murderer he gets suspicions that shake some of his long held beliefs. Add to that the attraction he feels for Calla, that grows as the novel progresses, and the futility of it just because she’s Magic born he starts questioning things. And that dangerous – very dangerous for him….
Its a terrific read, very different world, with Magic users, Normals, criminal and political manoeuvrings, love and danger. I really felt for the Magicborns, the people caught up in the unfairness. Its seems its a US based thing thus leading to a sort of resistance movement being formed to help people get to other more welcoming countries. The romance too was really well done, sensual and erotic in the right parts but not overtaking the storyline as so often happens. Just the right balance of sex and story for me.
Vadim – I really hope Sonya plans this as a series, and there’s more from him. He’s got the sort of mystery feel about him that makes him a natural leader, and I’m sure he’s strong enough to take a greater role in the next book. I’d like to know more too about how Calla and Nate work things out, what happens after the resolution and reveals we got at the end of this book. Its not a cliffhanger thank goodness – I so HATE those, and the story ends properly but isn’t completely finished – there’s bits left open that whet my curiosity to know more. The world building is certainly strong enough to carry lots more from these and new characters. Please Sonya 🙂
Priced at £1.91 for 231 pages, 89,000 words, its a bargain and will sustain re reading especially if its going to be a series 🙂 I also like it that word count is included, sometimes books appear to be 300-400 pages and yet are a quick read, and if word count was given would be only 60-70,000. Word count is a good, fair way for readers to judge, rather than page count which is format dependent. Thanks Sonya or publishers, whichever decided to include it.
NB: ARC supplied via Netgalley.
Stars: five, great read and thoroughly enjoyed it.