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Strange Roads: Book I of Omens in the Night

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What do a conservative, ex-Navy test pilot and a liberal Senate aide have in common? Nothing, really--except being the two most powerful Mages born in decades. Elaine Gates and Alan Graves are the Lady of Wind and Water and the Lord of Earth and Fire, or so the strange Mark Valentine and his equally-unusual companion, Nadia Julian, tell them. And none too soon, as the unli ...more
Kindle Edition, 361 pages
Published (first published December 24th 2011)
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Kutter200
Mar 18, 2014 Kutter200 rated it really liked it
I picked this up because the author is a poster on a horse forum I'm on, and I'm always looking for fun things to read. It did not disappoint, even though this is not a genre I typically read (though I probably should read more of it, it's good fun).

So, in a nutshell, here we have the story of two adults in Washington, DC, who discover they have unusual powers. There are vampires, and creatures created by magic, and lots of great action. Our two main characters, Alan and Elaine (OK, a bit of sim
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Steven Klotz
Jan 25, 2012 Steven Klotz rated it liked it
Jennifer Quail has the makings of a great story here. Two well developed characters overcome ideological differences as they learn to use their newly discovered magical powers. And use them they do. Quail writes magic quite well. The four elements are splashed across the page in a synesthetic rainbow. Her vampire lore is well thought out and remains consistent.

Both relationships work well and the multiple points of view give us plenty of insight. The book is worth reading solely on the strength
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Jan 04, 2016 Dasteroad rated it it was amazing
I first knew about Strange Roads when working on its cover design, and when I finally got around to reading it, I have to say, it blew my mind. Quail's style can go from rich and detailed to fast paced and breathtaking, all the while keeping it all vivid and involving, both for her adventurous, rich setting and her complex, multilayered characters. While some plot elements are clear classics of the genre -reluctant heroes with unique powers suddenly thrown into an epic adventure, having to battl ...more
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Jan 01, 2015 randy statton Statton rated it really liked it
Odd Characters the somehow work.

The book seems like an odd mix of a Paranormal national treasure. It was fast paced and seem to flow. The ending was and it frustrating.
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