by Justine Musk
Review by Gayle Surrette
Roc Mass Market ISBN/ITEM#: 0451460529
Date: 04 October, 2005 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
It's a story of interlinking threads beginning with Lucas Maddox, a musician and song writer down on his lucky and addicted to cocaine, driving across the desert with his friend Brett Carmichael stopping to pick up a young girl, Asha (Bakal Ashika). After she kills and eats Brett, she makes Lucas a deal he can't refuse. He puts together a band for Asha and starts to again write music.
Jessamy Shepard has a showing of her latest art pieces--a series of a young boy that she can't get out of her mind or her dreams. A strange tall man has been asking for her in the gallery and at her favorite bar. Kai, who had previously met Jess when she lost her parents years ago and gave her a picture of the Labyrinth to ease her grief, is looking to met her. Kai can open Jess to a whole new world of power and magic by helping her to harness her dreams and enabling her to walk the Dreamlines.
Ramsey Doe is an orphan living in a foster home. He is a poet and has flashes of insight into people that make him a bit of an outcast in school and in previous foster families. He's been having weird dreams of blood and chaos. He also dreams of a woman that he associates with his parents death years ago. An on-line friend sends him a CD of music by a band called Trans and their singer, Asha. He wants Ramsey to join him when they go to the desert for her big Transfiguration concert.
Slowly the lives of these people intersect with each other in strange and mystical ways. To save the world, they must each reach inside and know themselves. They are each tempted with the lives and things they want most. They each must decide whether saving the world or saving themselves means more to them and act on that knowledge.
The book starts slow as the characters are introduced but then picks up the pace and keeps you turning the pages up to the end. Choices, destiny, family, and love are at the heart of this story. There are demons, angels, and cruelty and love and the help the characters need in their journey is not always from the sources that you'd expect.
Recommended, if you can take some truly gruesome scenes of cruelty and abuse in the mix.