For Supernatural Detectives Thulu And La Fi, Normal Is A Relative Term La Fi Is A Medium, Thulu Is A Finder, And Their Usual Clients Are Already DeadBut When Their Friend Reo Is Shot, And A Group Of Stranded Angels Shows Up At Their House For Help Finding A Missing Child, Things Are Striking Too Close To HomeAnd The Portals That Let The Magical Races Return To Earth Are Opening On Their OwnWith Trips Off World, A Kidnapped Psychic And Changes To Their Own Abilities, Thulu And La Fi Are Hit With A Lot Than They Usually Handle Of Course, Their Magical Friends Are There To Help, But Even They May Not Be Enough To Save An Increasingly Unstable EarthPortals Is The Cross Genre Sci Fi Urban Fantasy Sequel To Relics And Is Book In The Modern Magics Series This to me was the second book in the series even though Ghost Memory and Unwanted Ghost were released before it It follows directly after Relics ends when the mythical creatures of old along with Jones, Thulu and La Fi go on a dangerous quest to remedy the damage done and save a race from complete and utter destruction while trying to deal with a rogue Daemon hell bent on war Action packed and filled with twists and turns in a suspenseful magical capsule, the reader gets taken on a thrilling ride worth every penny This is a remarkable story filled with every emotion known to man and a plot twist worthy of an Oscar nomination Portals Book 2 of The Thulukan Chronicles is another fun read by this very talented author Maer Wilson takes us back to the world of paranormal supernatural detectives La Fi and Thulu in San Francisco Their world is threatened to be overrun by all types of out worldly visitors, thanks to sudden openings of some portals that link worlds to each other.La Fi is a medium and can see the dead as can her three year old son Carter while other characters in the novel have diffeent abilities in this supernatural mystery novel There are ghosts, elves, daemons, mindreaders and telepaths in the mix.In Relics La Fi had already some dealings with the portals and she tries not to get too involved in what is happening with them but she soon has no choice but to help some outworldly visitors.Thankfully not sticking to repetitive formula Wilson is stepping up her game cleverly by letting her characters evolve as well as their abilities, in fact, she allows the entire world to change and be challenged The new races are imaginative and make for some lively, fresh and original reading.What I personally liked best about the story is the very dry humour with which La Fi narrates the story Too often harrassed by the dead and trying to run a business and save the world she is a fantastic main character, an often reluctant heroine but a spirited and likeable one While the humour is very entertaining the action part of the story is incorporated perfectly into the plot and makes for smooth and captivating reading.I am looking forward to the tricks Wilson has up her sleeves for book 3. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.At the start of this second full length book about the Thulukans, we find ourselves back in San Francisco with Thulu and La Fi, just a few days after the end of Book One This book is divided into three parts, with the second part completely set on a far off world, and the third part returning our heroes to the familiarity of Earth and their San Francisco home.Like the first book and the previous novelettes, all three parts of this story are told in the first person POV of La Fi Thulukan, who can see and talk with ghosts and understand and translate any and every language in the universe She and her husband Thulu run a supernatural detective agency, catering to clients who are already dead, and now to off world magical creatures We follow all the old characters from RELICS, as well as meeting a few new ones.In the first book, the portals between worlds were opened and magical creatures arrived on Earth Things are beginning to calm down, especially now that the magical race of Light Ones, who caused the strife in Book One, have all been sent back to their home planet for healing Except for the group that shows up on La Fi s doorstep, looking for help in finding a lost child Since her husband s abilities as a Finder of lost objects and people is legendary in an inter world way they come seeking his help He helps them, and plunges their band of heroes, human and magical alike, into the middle of a few inter world battles that have been going on for years Earth and our heroes will never be the same again.I enjoyed this book, basically an urban fantasy detective tale chock full of supernatural creatures but told from a matter of fact point of view La Fi is never ruffled by the appearance of new magical beings, taking almost everything in stride The author adds many touches of the every day, normal details to ground the story, although at times I found myself impatient with details of food preparation as I wanted to get to the juicier, magical parts quickly There s also no romance or sexual tension anywhere in the book, so don t bother looking for any, and the scenes of violence are also downplayed.An enjoyable, well written read, though not quite as engaging as the first book in the series There s a lot of set up going on, which makes me wonder what Ms Wilson has in store for her readers in the next book Looking forward to seeing what trouble La Fi and Thulu find themselves battling next I love a good paranormal story, and this has all the right ingredients and then some.I must admit there were some things that could be seen as distracting There s a lot of dimple flashing going on, as well as quit a few repetitions as well as lengthy descriptions, but somehow they didn t diminish my reading pleasure In fact at than one time I found myself enjoying the fact that there s a lot of openly affection between the characters Which brings us to discussing those characters Let me tell you there s nothing wrong with them They are fully developed, have the ability to make you root for them and even Well, want to yell at them The main character often has a quirky way of expressing herself, which could be distracting if it wasn t done in a way that makes it endearing instead What I mean is, that this author has the ability to make you believe these fictional characters in a paranormal novel are real, feeling persons With lives that matter, encountering events that touch their lives in a very real way.I love the twists and surprises that are foreshadowed as they should be, but still managed to surprise The way the author has build the worlds, yes worlds, is exactly how it should be done Enough description to allow you to imagine them and yet leaves enough to that imagination.To make a long story short, this novel is a keeper Even though it is the second book in a series and I have not read the first, I could follow the whole and not once missed anything, nor did the author go out of her way to explain things which happened in the first book It is done in a way that allows to read this book as a stand alone, which I love I m not a fan of serialised novels, but I will most certainly read the first book just because I loved this one so much.
After a successful career being other people, and later teaching others the many tricks of that trade, Maer Wilson has decided to be herself for a while Turns out she s a writer She s always loved stories, especially fantasy, mystery and sci fi Maer was born in the Year of the Dragon and has a dragon themed room in her home, but sadly no dragons in the back yard When she s not writing, Maer pl
- 316 pages
- Portals (The Thulukan Chronicles, #2)
- Maer Wilson
- 02 June 2018 Maer Wilson