Jul 12, 2009

Phantasm - Review

Phantasm (Zoe Martinique, Book 3)
by Phaedra Weldon
Ace Trade (June 2, 2009)

[reviewed by Patricia]

Zoe is such an interesting person and lives such a complicated life. Even though this is her third adventure, but the first I had read, I was so completely engrossed in the story that I could not stop reading. Eventually I was able to make sense of the intricate plot and multiple characters.

As the story begins Zoe can no longer speak. Although she is mute there are a few individuals who can read her thoughts.

Her mother lies in a long-term care facility, technically alive but with her soul missing. Zoe desperately wants to find mom's soul. The problem is someone stole it. Even when that individual, a powerful being named Archer, is found, he claims to no longer posses it. In desperation Zoe tries using magic (for which she has zero ability) to enter the Abysmal realm hoping to physically retrieve her mother's life force. This stunt almost costs Zoe her life. At the last minute her friend Dags rushes in and saves her.

Her troubles don't end there. Zoe is a Wraith who uses her special ability to travel the astral plane, out of body, or OOB as she refers to it. Unfortunately, that ability, one that practically defines her, has disappeared. And this is only the beginning when listing Zoe's problems. Her best friend lied to her and betrayed her; the cop Daniel Frasier, with whom she fell in love, has abandoned her; and the evil entity Phantasm wants her destroyed.

As Zoe searches for ways to help her mother and to recover her own lost powers she finds herself pulled relentlessly into a paranormal universe with complicated, often unfathomable rules, that must be followed exactly. Weldon's imaginative, complex plot and brilliant characterization adds up to a compulsive page turner. And there will be more to come in this series.

Although I enjoyed this book tremendously, it's probably best to read the books in order of publication.

Wraith (Zoe Martinique, Book 1)

Spectre (Zoe Martinique, Book 2)

Phantasm (Zoe Martinique, Book 3)


SciFiGuy said...

I wish more people knew about this series which I think is a gem. Zoe is one of the most unique characters in urban fantasy. Can't wait for the next book.

Patricia Altner said...


I liked Zoe and her story. If I have time I'll go back and read books 1 & 2, or maybe and most probably will wait for #4 to come out.

Donna (Fantasy Dreamer) said...

I've seen this series around, haven't read it. Read nothing but good things about it. I'm putting it on my wish list. Thanks!

Patricia Altner said...

Hi Donna

I thoroughly enjoyed Phantasm! Hope you do as well.

All the best.