A Flash Of Hex by Jes BattisA Flash Of Hex by Jes Battis

A Flash Of Hex

byJes Battis

Mass Market Paperback | May 26, 2009

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After a series of brutal murders, Occult Special Investigator Tess Corday is convinced the identity of the killer is locked in her own head. The only question is-how many rules is she willing to break to get to the truth?
Canadian Jes Battis is from Vancouver, but for the academic year 2007-2008, will be living in New York City and teaching at Hunter College. Jes is an academic, with a concentration in English and Pop Culture Studies, who has had two books published, one on Buffy The Vampire Slayer and one on Farscape.
Title:A Flash Of HexFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 6.71 × 4.2 × 1.01 inPublished:May 26, 2009Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0441017231

ISBN - 13:9780441017232

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from More Than a Flash in the Pan This is the second OSI novel and Battis has proven that he is more that a one book author because it is better than the first. Battis has continued to build on the strong foundation he laid in the first novel, Night Child, picking up Tess Corday's story about six months later. This time round, Tess and Derrick are in a race to find out who or what is ritualistically slaying the runaway children of well connected mage families. The murders seem tied to Hex, a new and dangerous street drug developed for mage-gifted high seekers. As Tess continues to dig, it begins to get personal when she discovers that there is some sort of tie between her and the monster behind the gruesome deaths. This story was pretty well paced, although like the first book, Battis does tend to bog the story down a bit with long descriptions. In the first book it was the forensic science, this time it is the neighbourhoods of Vancouver. Battis goes on and on about the ethnic makeup, history, architecture, etc. of the various areas in Vancouver where the story takes place. While this might be interesting to say, someone living in Vancouver, I found myself beginning to skim because I really didn't care about what shops can be found on Commercial drive. This happens more in the first half of the book though, the second half is well paced and zips right along. As with the first book, the characters continue to develop and they make up an interesting cast. Tess and Derrick are a great team and I like the banter between them. Mia is a great addition to the 'family' and I was happy to see more of Lucien, the necromancer, this time round. All in all it was a great read. I look forward to the next....hopefully soon?
Date published: 2009-06-15

Editorial Reviews

"Battis manages to make the world come alive as a workable universe with infinite complexity."