Favorite Lines: “I was here because of the choices I’d made, and even in hindsight, I’d choose each of them again. But today I’d take those lessons learned and choose something else entirely. I’d leave this world’s conflict and battle to those who wished for it instead.”
Once she was a soldier for the Light, the prophesied savior who would decide the outcome of the eternal conflict raging in the dark corners of her glittering hometown.
Now Joanna Archer is just another mortal – still born of an impossible union of Shadow and Light … still hunted by both – and carrying the unborn child of a lover held captive by a depraved demon goddess. Joining forced with a band of rogue Shadow agents, Joanna’s ready to storm the stronghold of her demonic foe, risking everything to enter this ghastly, godforsaken realm. Because in a world that has stripped her of her power, identity, and fortune, Joanna has nothing left to lose – except her baby, her future, and the epic war poised to consume the city.
The conclusion to Vicki Pettersson’s Sign of the Zodiac series ties up all the loose ends while taking Joanna to new heights. In book one, the first sign of the Zodiac (the rise of the Kairos) was met. The Kairos is the person fated to protect humanity from the Shadows (read evil).
In books 2 through 5, Joanna learned to use her powers, fought evil, lost her super powers to save a human and joined with renegade light and dark members to form the Grays. The sixth sign of the Zodiac if the grand finale. Highlight to read what the sixth sign is…It’s anarchy. “It’s the dismantling of the troops as we know them.” (p. 125) Joanna even learns why several key players in the dispute between Light and Shadow seem to hate her. It’s because she found freedom from the battle raging between the Light and Shadow first. She sacrificed herself for another, something that distanced her from her allies and made her easy pickings for her enemies. In doing so she created a new, well-known troop of Gray.
Throughout the series Joanna has grown as a character and she continues that growth through the final pages of The Neon Graveyard. She knows that those who believe in strictly good vs. evil are chosing to ignore everything that separates the two. What does this mean? Well bad that chooses to be bad…is well never going to be good. But the light that chooses to wear blinders to its surrounding risks becoming blind or evil.
I’ve been waiting to see if Joanna gets a happy ending and I won’t spoil your finding out by telling you. But in general, I wonder if Joanna and Hunter can have a happily ever after. Say they survive the events of The Neon Graveyard, will their budding relationship get up off the ground or will it fizzle and die out? Pettersson has created an urban fantasy world where things are constantly changing. You never know when the gritty reality of life is going to intrude and force the characters to adapt. If the couple were to drive off into the sunset, will they be able to live a quiet, white picket fenced life?
The animosity that has been building up in the series has been leading to a final showdown between the light, gray and dark. It’s time that Midheaven is dealt with, for emotions to be examined and a new era to begin. If you’ve ever wanted to know what a mortal forced into a corner and surrounded by people with super powers is capable of to pick up The Neon Graveyard.
Warning: Do not read this book as a stand alone. It is the final book in a six book series.