The Tower Syndicate will fall...
The secret daughter of the head of an infamous Skilled crime family, Sera Brandt has hidden her past, her potential, and especially her powers. But when a tragedy strikes her other family, Sera needs justice. And the only way to get it is to reveal her heritage - including a rare Skill - and take the reins of the Tower Syndicate from her cunning and malicious aunt.
If he can figure out how...
Kristopher Daniels might have the answer. He's fought the syndicate to protect his sisters, but he'd never realized just how close to the new heir he needed to get....
And if they can survive...
Neither is used to trusting. But there's something between them that can't be ignored. And so Sera is on the run with a man she can't figure out, a target on her back and the new knowledge of just how powerful she really is....
©2012 Rachel Vincent (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
I love this series!!! I've had this book since it first came out but I wanted to wait until I could give it the attention it deserves. I can not express how good this series is. The characters are well written and developed. The world that Rachel Vincent created for her characters is solid and well built. The story is fast paced and well organized. This is truly one of the best series that I have read. I look forward to other books in this series.
I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and/or listening to mostly paranormal and fantasy.
I've really enjoyed this trilogy. I think this world is very interesting. I love the characters. I'm sad that this was only a trilogy. I think Ms. Vincent could've gone further with it. I love the Skills that people have and how it is a blessing and a curse. The end of this particular story has a big twist that I didn't see coming.
Once again, Rachel Vincent is great at world building. In this world, some people are born with Skills. There is a mafia of sorts (also called syndicates) that is always on the lookout for these Skilled people. Usually they are tricked into Binding contracts that they cannot get out of, but there are some people who are so Skilled at Binding that they they can Bind people against their will. This is why being a Skilled person is a blessing and a curse. In this trilogy, we meet many people who are part of either one of the two syndicates in town or are hiding from the syndicates. The books are told in first person by the two characters who will come together in that book. The author is kind enough to inform you which character is talking at the beginning.
I love this series. I've read the books and listened to them as well. I highly recommend this series. It was great to read some PNR that is set in a completely new type of world.
Main characters: Sera Brandt and Kristopher Daniels
Genre: Fantasy, UF, PNR
Synopsis: Sera Brandt is the illegitimate daughter of Jake Tower, head of the Tower Syndicate, a ruthless, power-hungry organization. After the events of the last book, control of the empire has transferred to Tower's oldest living heir. Brutal events have left Sera without the only family she has ever known and she runs to her blood family to help her seek vengeance. Little does she know that her blood family would rather see her dead than help her.
Kristopher Daniels, older brother to Kori and Kenly (huge players in the second installment) has been working behind the scenes against the Tower syndicate. Certain events puts him into the reach of Sera Brandt and following a dead lover's prophecy, he takes Sera and plunges her head first into the dangerous world of power, greed, deception, and love.
What does this book have?
Like the other two installments, this book is action-packed, laced with a strong, albeit infuriating female and a strong, yet compassionate male. The setting of the story is an alternate universe to our own in that the characters have super-human abilities, some stronger than others, but they utilize cell-phone, the world wide web, and other modern little things that grace the story. As for the super-human powers, each person is born with their ability. To give you an idea, the abilities are:
-Travelers: the person can teleport(?) by means of the shadows and some have farther ranges than other.
-Binders: which is the ability to bind people by means of blood oath (the strongest) or a written oath. This is used as a means to ensure contracts.
-Jammers: people who are able to block trackers from finding them and those around them.
-Trackers: people who can track another person either through their blood or with their name.
Note: This is not an exact nomenclature of the people who have these powers. I just added it to give an idea.
The story is not complex in the paranormal aspect, yet it is not overly simplified as to create loopholes in the narration. It is just enough to not belabor the telling with each new installment and it is consistent and doesn't contradict while the story progresses. A must-read for any PNR and UF fan and a hopeful completion to the series.
Narrator: Gabra Zackman
I like that all stories was narrated by the same performer as she is able to be consistent with the different character voices. Zackman does a superb job with pace and tone and character distinction. I just had trouble with how she read Kris' voice because the way she read some of his expressions made him sound like a kid. So often times, I had to remind myself that his character is actually older than Kori and Kenly. Overall, a great listen.
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