September 2011, Decadent Publishing
Ebook & Paperback
Themes: special powers, prejudice, misunderstanding, social ranking, cruelty, friendships forged amidst adversity, family ties, a few instances of violence, adult romance (inferences and the occasional odd scene), a little swearing, some humour
Summary from Decadent
Thirty years ago, after the breakdown of an oil negotiation, the President of the United States decided that all people born with unusual abilities, which he would now refer to as "the condition", would be locked away from the general public where they couldn't harm others. Parents and loved ones of these people, most of whom were children, were forced to turn them in upon penalty of death. Formed to keep the institutions secure, the Committee for the Protection of a Free Society now rules these institutions with an iron fist.
The granddaughter of one of the Committee members, Addison Wade has lived her life wary of the institutions and all they represent. A woman of secrets, she is forced to turn to Safe Dawn, one of the facilities designed to hold conditioned people, when her nephew is kidnapped and, despite her best efforts, cannot be recovered. She knows the last thing anyone in 'Safe Dawn' will want to do is to help a Wade with any problems, but she is desperate and out of options.
Spencer Lewis is famous for being the premier conditioned 'locator'. There's no one he can't find and he has a soft spot for missing children. But, Spencer has been through a trauma and locating Jeremy Wade may be dangerous both to himself and to those around him. In addition, he takes one look at ice cold Addison Wade and wants nothing more than to knock her down a peg. Never having turned down an opportunity to help a child, he reluctantly agrees to help recover Jeremy.
In a world where nothing is as it seems and every person they encounter has his own agenda, Addison and Spencer will find that the only people they can trust are each other. But how can anyone fall in love living in a world that wants you dead just for being born?
I love the magic, the funky special powers and found everything I like in a character in Addison. What her talent develops into is one most readers would enjoy having. She fights hard for those she loves, even though it costs her greatly. I originally was going to say that the only negative thing was having to wait for book two. However, it's out! I'll hopefully be reviewing it soon. This is definitely a 10/10 read.
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For thrilling adventures with people having special powers, which are both used and abused by others, try L J Smith's Dark Visions omnibus.