Friday, August 20, 2010

Night Vision by Maria V. Snyder

Synopsis for The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance edited by Trisha Telep

Fall in love with someone out of this world.

If love transcends all boundaries then paranormal romance is its logical conclusion. From the biggest names around, here are 24 tales to take you to another time and place.

Let Alyssa Day, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Cheyenne McCray, Jeaniene Frost, Ilona Andrews, Kelley Armstrong, Maria V. Snyder, Carrie Vaughn, Allyson James Marland and others show you powers beyond your wildest imaginings.

Within these pages mythical beasts, magical creatures of all shapes and sizes, heart-stoppingly handsome ghosts, angels, and mortals with extra-sensitive sensory perception play out the themes of extraordinary desires.

I'm a big fan of Maria V. Snyder's Poison Study trilogy so was interested to read this short story and turned straight to it. I'm not sure what I expected, possibly a short story set in the same world as the Study books - however, Night Vision is something completely different. It begins with Sophia Daniels, out biking in the forests of North Carolina in the middle of the night. She comes across a normally deserted farmhouse to find a captive Federal Agent about to be killed. Sophia is more than just a skilled biker; she also has perfect night vision and can't tolerate any light. She successfully rescues the agent, Mitch Wolfe but then finds that her act of kindness means she has to invite him into her life and explain her rare condition. Sophia's father has died and she lives a solitary life, too afraid to tell people about her sight.

Night Vision is a rare combination of touching tale and full-on action. Mitch and Sophia race to rescue his sister who's been kidnapped by the gang that were going to shoot Mitch. Alongside this daring rescue is the gentle tale of Sophia finally opening up to someone and getting the chance to finally use her talent to help others instead of hiding away. We visit Sophia some months after the incident and see how it's changed her attitude to life. Obviously, I was also hoping that Sophia and Mitch would meet again but I won't spoil the ending for you.

The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance is full of other great authors such Kelley Armstrong, Rachel Caine and Sherrilyn Kenyon and is full of variety. I highly recommended it as a way of getting your fix of paranormal romance and checking out some authors that you may not have read before.

1 comment:

Dawn Kurtagich said...

Thanks for this fantastic review! :)