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A Flash of Hex (OSI #2)

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After a series of brutal murders, Occult Special Investigator Tess Corday is convinced the identity of the killer is locked in her own head. The only question is-how many rules is she willing to break to get to the truth?

Paperback, 371 pages
Published May 26th 2009 by Ace (first published April 16th 2009)
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Flash of Hex is the second book from Jes Battis in her OSI series. OSI is the group of Occult Special Investigators and takes place in Vancouver, Canada. I didn't read, Night Child, the first book in this new series, but A Flash of Hex brings the reader up to speed about everything going on in Tess Corday's life. Tess is an OSI along with her best friend and roommate, Derrick Siegel. They work for Vancouver's Mystical Crime Lab. I can't help but compare Tess and Derrick's relationship to that o ...more
Kathleen Burket
Jes Battis is a major new fantasy talent who has knocked out of the ballpark with a A Flash of Hex, the second book in the Occult Special Investigations series. This one is a solid five stars. Urban fantasy, suspense thriller, police procedural, this book has it all. It is set several months after the conclusion of Night Child. Mia is living with Tess and Derrick, attending a local middle school. Tess is now an OSI-2 assigned to investigate a series of murders of the teenage children of powerful ...more
This book was...well, it was more than a little disturbing. I picked it up as an impulse buy at Borders because it was on sale. I knew nothing about the actual book, and I didn't even realise it was a sequel until I was already in the middle of it.

That being said, I did enjoy the book, although I wouldn't recommend it for the faint of heart. The story deals with murder, rape, drugs, child abuse, and quite a few bloody crime scenes. Not to mention, it adds magic into the mix of all of them, find
Urban fantasy, suspense thriller, police procedural: they all fit this book. And they fit it snugly. No sacks as a dress for Tess and her team.

OSI 2 improved the already good OSI #1: it has less jargon and it's more fluid.
The full cast of characters add a new couple: Patrick and Miles who are going to be a new addition to Tess' unusual family.

Mr Battis has created a truly unique world, tweaking the usual characters in a UF: vamps, mages, demons, witches and necromances. His location is outside
I chose to read the second book in this series because I thought that once Battis had gotten over the need to info dump in the first book, he would work more on strengthening his plots and fleshing out his characters.

Unfortunately the info dumps were ever present. There were even fewer surprise twists in this installment and even those were bogged down with too much exposition again.

There were a few saving graces. Miles was a welcome addition to the cast; a believable, well-written love interest
Martina the Book Fairy
4.5 stars

This series is more UF than PNR, but does have the romantic element that we all love so much.

There are a few things that really set this series apart from others that I (and probably you) have been reading. First, it's written by a man - kinda a rare thing for this genre. Second, it has more of a CSI element than most of the other UFs out there. It feels very well-researched. It's very detailed which allows for a depth of story, without those details bogging down the mind of the reader.
I love a spunky redhead. I love a spunky redhead who ties into the earth magically. I love a spunky redhead with a gay best friend who reads minds. I love a spunky redhead who falls for a man who elicits drool in a black tight t-shirt and just so happens to channel necromantic energy.

Battis contributes all the fun and readability of the urban fantasy genre, but isn't afraid to let a verbose vocabulary add to the writing. This academic bent shines forth in the diversity rainbow of characters that
A Flash of Hex by Jes Battis
Book 2 of Tess Corday, Occult Special Investigator
This is not a spoiler free review.

I wasn't impressed with the first book in this series but decided to soldier on anyway and read book 2. It was little disconcerting because I felt like I was reading an entirely different series. The characters and universe were all indeed the same as the first book but the tone seemed so much lighter that I kept wondering if I misremembered the first book and went back to refresh my
I Am Hexing This Series

I was disappointed with this installment. While I found the first book Night Child enjoyable, I found this second installment to be a part of what I personally feel is a greedy trend of pointless, generic, bubble-gum carbon copy urban fantasy books flooding the markets today.

Don't get me wrong, I am always on the lookout for new authors; personally some of these books (this one included) actually feel like they were written to take advantage of the urban fantasy "gold rush
Dr susan
I bought Flash of Hex when it was released because my library did not get a copy, and I had to know what happened next with Tess and her family. Flash of Hex has one of my favorite love scenes, as well as the hilarious 'morning after' in a home with two couples and a teenager. The humor is fast and snarky, the horror is inescapable, and the characters are memorable.
Tess Corday gets herself involved in another occult mystery, but this one ends up being personal, really personal. She learns family secrets that end up helping solving the crime, but at a cost. It was interesting to see how Tess had developed in the 6 months between books. Will keep working my way through the series.
Alice Liu
Terrific and disturbing second book in the OSI series. I love the medical CSI stuff in an urban fantasy setting. Battis has different writing styles: Action, medical, and just plain beautiful literature. The latter popped up at odd moments in her first book, but she found a way to insinuate the passages in a more organic way in this book. I also love how she is not afraid to deal with harder, uglier topics -- teen drug use and prostitution. The details can be quite graphic (you are forewarned). ...more
I think my comment on her first book was "she's going to be better." And sure enough, I really enjoyed this second book in the series, not least because it shows the underbelly of Vancouver BC, you know, the parts of town nobody talks about to tourists. She needs to be careful with the tropes of the genre so as not to become too formulaic. So far so good. Her take on the occult/paranormal/vampire/demon/etc world is interesting, her heroine is sardonic, there are lots of loyal sidekicks of varyin ...more
The pacing/plot is still flawed, but at least the main character's choices make more sense. I continue to like the somewhat diverse cast (we can add jews, people with disability and transgendered folk to the list along with gay, black, and latino characters). The constant pop culture references start to grate (especially since some of them are clearly some attempt at fanservice). The whole "unusual family setup" thing is a little forced. Also a few worldbuilding things seemed slightly off from w ...more
A good, solid occult mystery story, with a few things that were kinda awkward. The author is just starting to gain her footing with this series, so it's worth watching. There was a decent amount of reference to the first book that required you remembering it, so it may be worth reading the two together or re-reading the first before you read this one.
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4.5 stars really, only because the final climax was a bit short for my liking. Really breezy style - clear Buffy influence, but still original and all its own. For a Canadian like me, the true to life references to people, places and Tim's are an extra treat. Will definitely check out the rest of the series.
Apr 17, 2013 Shane added it
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Just a quick note: this book talks quite a bit about the system of law - from the wrong country. It replaces the Canadian system of law. Couldn't get past it. I continually screamed: "There IS NO D.A. in our country!"

I wish the research had been a bit better. a little thing but worth mentioning.
This is not a series that is blowing me away but it still manages to be solid. I really enjoy the humor and the sibling-like relationship between Tess and Derrick is easily the highlight of the story but the rest of the secondary characters all manage to add something as well.
better than the one before,
a lot less dark and Tess seems to have cleaned up quite a bit
still tooooo many info dumps, but nice plot twist, which seems to be have resolved quickly,
I doubt that I'll be continuing on with the series since it ties up neatly here
Finally finished this today! It was really good much better than I remember the first one! The only downside is the author over describes everything! But there was enough snark and action to keep me going! I will be reading the rest soon!
I liked this one so much better than the first one. In the first one in just couldn't get around all the technical talk. this one still had that but in a lesser amount. I love how Tess keeps collecting family.
I liked this one better than the first one, even though the logical reasoning and drawing-conclusions-out-of-nowhere still makes me cringe. But once I got past that, I actually enjoyed the book a lot.
This was less confusing to read then the first book and I would almost say that you can skip the first book and you will not miss too much background.

Jun 03, 2009 Laurel added it
nice follow-up to the first in the series; Battis is a self-aware writer who really brings the reader along for the ride
A good follow up to Night Child. I was hooked from the first page. The book may be too graphic for some though.
Allie V
As soon as i finished NIGHT CHILD, i picked up A FLASH OF HEX, and like his previous book i couldn't put the book down.
This book opens with the worst "As you know, Derrick..." dialogue I've seen in a long time. I couldn't get past it.
Christine Hayes
I am really enjoying this series so far. Am anxious to read more from this author.
Sara Södergren
Slightly better than the first book... maybe the author was warming up for it.
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Jes Battis was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1979. In addition to writing fiction, he has also published academic books and a variety of scholarly articles in the areas of fantasy, television, and queer studies.

He earned his PhD in English from Simon Fraser University in the Summer of 2007. He teaches in the Department of English at the University of Regina.

He also writes as Bailey Cunn
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