Favorite lines: “The instant the tip entered his body he erupted outward, covering me with a fine layer of ash, the rest floating in the gray-tinged darkness like dust motes in the sun, then cascading downward to coat the floor.” (ARC p. 31)
Elizabeth Phoenix, former cop, current bartender, is about to meet the nightmares that plague society. She is psychic and after her foster mother is murdered becomes a major player in the paranormal world and the leader in a supernatural war.
Liz must learn to fight the paranormal and come to terms with both her past lover, Jimmy Sanducci, and her past teacher, Sawyer. The things she discovers will test her inner strength while forcing her to accept the fact that she is special and a key figure in the battle. To come into her full power she must open herself with the aid of Sawyer. It brings her sexuality to the surface, but it is the only way good will prevail over evil.
Any Given Doomsday is an urban fantasy novel (don’t believe anyone who says it’s a romance) told in first person that follows Elizabeth Phoenix’ individual growth during a time of war. Ms. Handeland offered a short prequel prior to the release of this book and while it’s not necessary to read before reading Any Given Doomsday, it explains her guilty feelings towards her partner’s death and her belief that her psychic gift is not a good thing.
One thing to get out there is that if you hate sex in your books and or multiple partners, this story is not for you. The book is not over-the-top, but it does get a little spicy.
I really enjoyed reading about shapeshifters being bad. Flipping the old vampire turns to dust myth onto shapeshifters is an interesting idea and it worked well for me. There are many different supernatural creatures in Handeland’s world and it’s nice to see that she hasn’t stuck to the old tried and true standard. Vampires make an appearance, but you’ll have to read the book to see what they are like. There is also a biblical component in the supernatural battle.
Any Given Doomsday, the first book in the Phoenix Chronicles, goes on sale Nov. 4, 2008. Read another review at Lurv a la Mode.