Series: The Sensor Series #1
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Self Published on February 14th, 2013
Also in this series: Darkness Taunts
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Melena Sanders faced her fair share of danger with insurgents and terrorists when she served in the U.S. Army, but now she is about to go up against a new threat. Her best friend, Aniya, has disappeared while on a trip to Fairbanks, Alaska—a supernatural haven. Most humans have no idea darker races lurk amongst them. Mel knows better. If she wants to get her friend back, she’s going to have to go in alone—but not unarmed.
Melena has a few special skills the Army didn’t provide, but the odds are still against her. She’s got to come up with a plan fast that doesn’t involve her, or her friend, dying. But danger likes to play it rough. A war for power is about to rise in Fairbanks and if she wants to get Aniya back, she’s going to have to step right into the middle of it.
When ex-army interrogator Melena Sander’s best-friend Aniya goes missing in Fairbanks, Alaska, she’s forced to launch a private investigation of her own. The deeper she digs, the more dangerous the situation becomes. At the heart of her friend’s disappearance are the very supernatural creatures Melena has feared and tried her best to avoid all her life. But if Melena wants to rescue Aniya, she’ll have to learn to navigate this dangerous world of supernaturals. And she’ll have to stay one step ahead if she wants to remain alive.
Melena is a refreshingly complex female heroine. First of all, she’s a sensor. Melena has the ability to sense when supernaturals are nearby, can tell how powerful and old they are, and can also negate magic with just a drop of her blood. She is someone who’s brave, independent, smart and loyal. She often makes the hard decisions even when those decisions might hurt her and those she loves. Melena’s also stubborn, doesn’t trust easily, can be judgmental, does not like to lean on others or ask for help, and can be quite prejudiced towards supernaturals. I like that Melena’s perspective and beliefs regarding supernaturals are challenged throughout the book. It will be interesting to see how Melena grows as a person as the series progresses.
Melena has so much more to learn about the different supernatural races she encounters. It’s a good thing there are quite a few supporting characters to help her along the way. There’s Derrick, an alpha werewolf Melena is forced to work closely with in her quest to rescue Aniya. There’s also the flirtatious and powerful vampire named Nikolas; after almost a four decade rule over the local supernatural community, he’s looking to reclaim his position after being ousted. And then there’s the mysterious and stoic Luke. Born of a human and an angel, Luke is a powerful and deadly nephilim. It’s hard to say what his agenda is, outside of making Melena’s life miserable. There’s an attraction there, but it’s muddied by their violent and bloody past together. Besides, Luke has threatened to kill Melena on more than one occasion. So it doesn’t look like there will be anything romantic happening between the two anytime soon.
In the end, I’m glad I had the pleasure of reading another exciting new Urban Fantasy series with an awesome female lead character and a great supporting cast. Darkness Haunts, the first book in the Sensor series by Susan Illene, had all the elements I usually enjoy in an Urban Fantasy book: a strong female lead, a colorful supporting cast, an engaging plot, a little action, a little mystery, a bit of magic, and a bevy of supernatural creatures. I look forward to reading the next book in the series, Darkness Taunts. (Reviewed by Quiana – The Book Lover).