Trio of Sorcery

Tor. Oct. 2010. c.352p. ISBN 9780765328519. $24.99. FANTASY
The first new Diana Tregarde story in almost 20 years and the first Jenny Talldeer tale in over 15 years set the stage for an introduction to a remarkable new urban fantasy heroine in this collection of three urban fantasy novels by the best-selling author of the Valdemar series. In Arcanum 101, which takes place in the 1970s, a young Diana Tregarde finds time between her studies at Harvard and her budding writing career to stop a supposed psychic from interfering in the police investigation of a kidnapping case. Drums, set in the 1990s, sends PI and Native American shaman Jennie Talldeer on a quest to prevent an angry Osage ghost from coming between Navajo Nathan Begay and his Chickasaw fiancée. In Ghost in the Machine, set in the high-tech world of modern times, computer programmer and techno-shaman Ellen McBridge investigates a series of mysterious deaths linked to a multiplayer online role-playing game.
VERDICT Lackey's urban fantasies always reflect her keen sense of time and place, and her vivid characters and respect for other cultures make her a standout storyteller with a broad-based audience. Lackey's fans and urban fantasy readers will want this.
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