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Indigo (Indigo #1)

2.86  ·  Rating details ·  634 Ratings  ·  144 Reviews
Investigative reporter Nora Hesper spends her nights cloaked in shadows. As Indigo, she's become an urban myth, a brutal vigilante who can forge darkness into weapons and travel across the city by slipping from one patch of shadow to another. Her primary focus both as Nora and as Indigo has become a murderous criminal cult called the Children of Phonos. Children are being ...more
Hardcover, 343 pages
Published June 20th 2017 by St. Martin's Press
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Ann It dragged on far too long. It seemed as though to give all the authors room to contribute the story was just stretched out far longer than it needed…moreIt dragged on far too long. It seemed as though to give all the authors room to contribute the story was just stretched out far longer than it needed to be, or should be. There were a few inconsistencies, but none of them were too distracting. Though I think by the time they started showing up I had lowered my expectations considerably. (less)
Della No, in fact, I don't recall any sex in the book.

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What an amazing collaboration of some of my favorite authors! How did all these imaginations come together to compile such an original urban fantasy tale.

I say urban fantasy and the retailer's buy links say anthology, mystery, suspense and thriller. I think all of those work except anthology, this is a collaboration but it is one singular story and not a collection of literary works as I assumed the term anthology implied. Now you see my excitement and surprise on how masterfully it was put tog
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
By day Nora Hesper is a jounalist following the story of missing children that have turned up murdered in the community. By night however Nora becomes Indigo, a brutal vigilante that is taking on the murderous criminal cult called the Children of Phonos responsible for the children's deaths.

Indigo has a darkness about her slipping from one shadow to another and forging the darkness into weapons to help her in her missions. Nora has memories of her parents deaths and traveling afterwords where s
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
INDIGO is a book about reporter Nora Hester who has a secret identity as Indigo. Indigo is a vigilante that uses shadows to travel and fight evil by making weapons out of shadows. She primarily fights the members of Children of Phonos. When children are being killed in New York, Nora is sure that the cult is behind the killings and as Indigo she launches a brutal attack on them. But Nora is starting to fall apart, she isn't sure about her identity anymore. Are her memories really her own? Where ...more
Jun 20, 2017 added it
Shelves: dnf
DNF: Stopped at 50%/ Not rating

You would think with an all star writing cast like this, that this book would be amazing. Sadly, trying to read a book written by numerous authors ended up being a disjointed messy read. 

At first, I was intrigued and drawn into the story. The book starts with Nora, an average, investigative reporter who lives in a run down apartment with three cats she claims to hate. Nora is in the middle of investigating a rash of child murders. Then the reader is clued into Nora
This just felt really disjointed to me. The beginning really didn't do a good job of setting up the story for me. There were some great chapters and some that were really slow. All in all, I felt like the actual writing style of so many authors was just too different to really pull this one together. Felt like the pieces didn't mesh as well and each giving such a different voice to the character. it would have been awesome to have this book told more like through a different view point that each ...more
Jul 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
I was excited to read this book that was written by so many authors I liked. Sadly it didn't work for me. I sort of liked Nora at first. Her going around town and trying to find out who was killing kids was interesting, as was her talking about her demon cats. What didn't work for me was how Nora seemed to have a second identity, Indigo. I could deal with that, but after Nora was Indigo she seemed to feel guilty, that was odd for me. As was how Nora couldn't remember her own past. After a while ...more
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
I liked the cult element, and the "mind creates false memories to protect itself from past trauma" element. Those would be awesome in a psychological thriller. But those elements couldn't save this urban fantasy. Very understandable why so many DNFd. Which is disappointing, because I enjoy the novels of Kelley Armstrong, Kat Richardson, Seanan McGuire, and Cherie Priest.
Brittany Allyn
Jul 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2017
Maybe 1.5 stars? The only thing I liked about this book was the premise, which is very disappointing since I really enjoy three of the authors, Charlaine Harris, Kelley Armstrong, and Jonathan Maberry. But this novel was a mess, and I can only assume it's because of the amount of authors. For one thing we have literally no time to understand Nora's life, personal or as the vigilante Indigo, before she starts questioning what is and isn't real which gives readers no frame of reference to decide f ...more
Cardyn Brooks
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Jul 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
Disappointing crap. Characters I don't care about swearing and endlessly fighting.
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Too many cooks spoil the broth, and too many authors shatter a storyline. I really wanted to like this book - Charlaine Harris is my girl - but it's going in my DNF pile at 65%. This is a collaboration of ten writers (ten!!) and every one of them has written about twelve pages of fight scenes. Seriously, it seems like every chapter starts with a fight scene, followed by another fight scene, followed by an internal fight scene with the demon, followed by a small progression in the plot. When the ...more
Bonnye Reed
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
Indigo is a compilation of ten well known SF authors, a seamless tale about a New York journalist, Nora Hesper, who finds herself at the center of an occult happening which has its' roots in a botched sacrifice years ago in which Nora was the intended victim. She is Nora by day, Indigo when shadows fall. You will like Nora, she has three cats and an imaginary friend. And she has, at her core, a murder golem. A fast, excellent read.
Kathy Martin
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Nora Hesper is an investigative reporter with a secret life. At night she turns into Indigo who can use shadows to disappear and to travel from place to place. She uses her talents to track down the Children of Phonos who are sacrificing children to bring back an ancient murder god.

Nora is an interesting character whose past sounds like it came right out of the stories in superhero comic books. As events unfold, it becomes more an more apparent to Nora that the past she remembers isn't the past
Aug 29, 2017 rated it did not like it
It's very rare for me to abandon a book. I'm 41 and I can count on one hand the number of times I have done so. And I really wanted to like Indigo; the premise sounded so good! A woman who can move through shadows, pull them around her and use the darkness as a weapon? Not the usual paranormal power. Sadly, 60 pages in and I had had enough.

I've read books by multiple authors before, though never more than three. And here is a glaring reason why it's not a good idea. This wasn't just a matter of
James Stewart
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
I looked forward to this book. I've read other 'concepts' with multiple authors, and I've read almost everything C. Harris has written. I got half way through the book and gave up. I very seldom have ever done that! There is no explanation of exactly how the book is supposed to be constructed, but after about 5 chapters I 'think' I saw a pattern. I could be wrong... But is seems as if one author started the book and handed it to the next, who wrote a chapter and handed it to the next. The 'flavo ...more
Allen Adams
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it

One tends to think of writers as solitary artists, constructing their stories in their imaginations and then laying them down on the page. Novels are the product of a singular vision.

Except when they aren’t.

The new book “Indigo” (St. Martin’s Press, $27.99) isn’t the product of just one writer. Nor of two or three. All told, there are 10 listed authors here – Kelly Armstrong, Christopher Golden, Charlaine Harris, Tim Lebbon, Jonathan Maberry, Seanan McGuir
Julie H.
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
I so wanted to love Indigo, a collaborative novel co-authored by some ten authors, among whom I gleefully counted three of my favorites (i.e., Charlaine Harris, Kat Richardson, and Seanan McGuire). Unfortunately, due to what I can only refer to as "continuity errors," I can go no higher than a 2 1/2-star rating for this book.

Quick synopsis: Nora Hesper is an investigative journalist for the NYChronicle by day and crime-fighting superhero Indigo, who moves among the shadows across the city, wield
Nov 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This novel was written by several of my favorite authors however it was not the powerhouse novel I expected. The premise was great. Nora aka Indigo is an investigative reporter who also happens to be a shadow superhero. She is trying to stop a cult that is killing kids to bring forth and contain a murder demon. However we learn that Nora may know more about this demon than she thinks. The novel had all of the right elements but it was slow. At times I had to force myself to keep reading. There w ...more
I don't think I'd like this in format, but the audio is extra bad. The narrator over emotes much of the story, with a breathy tremor in her voice, and the main character comes across as over-reacting to situations. I gave up an hour and a half in, or thereabouts.
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Couldn't put it down!
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Indigo: A Novel Hardcover – June 20, 2017
by Charlaine Harris (Author), Christopher Golden (Author), Jonathan Maberry (Author), Kelley Armstrong (Author), Kat Richardson (Author), Seanan McGuire (Author), Tim Lebbon (Author), Cherie Priest (Author), James A. Moore (Author), Mark Morris (Author), Eva Diaz(Illustrator)

This was not an anthology, but an excellent thriller and urban fantasy. You would never know that it was written by different authors. It flowed smoothly, from one action packed scene
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: library
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Debra Jeakins
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
INDIGO BY A MULTITUDE OF AUTHORS: I never really believed that so many authors could invent and mold such a kick ass character as Nora Hesper/INDIGO !

Investigative reporter Nora Hesper is not your typical reporter. During the night she is Indigo, a person that can shape and draw the darkness to help her in her quest to find out where the killers of children all over the city are and dispose of them. Nora, during the daytime is investigating the killing of children. She knows who is doing it &
Apr 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I knew when I saw the concept of all these authors writing a story it would be a good thing. I thought that each author would take a chapter or it would be a number of adventures starting and stopping with one character but I was wrong. This is a flowing story with some great characters with no interuption from one author taking over for another. Indigo is a woman that can draw power from the shadows and uses it to thwart crime. She is inhabited by a murderous god who shares her body because of ...more
Kathy Davie
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
First in the Indigo urban fantasy series set in New York City and revolving around a nocturnal vigilante powered by shadow.

My Take
With a roster of authors of this caliber, Indigo doesn’t disappoint, and they introduce the story conflict almost immediately. It’s one that has me on the fence, tilting back and forth between don’t use it and use it and my need to know so much more about Nora’s past.

It’s a case of betrayal, I should say betrayals as there are so many of them, and such personal epiph
Aug 15, 2017 rated it liked it
So this was pretty meh. I listened to the audio version of this book, and I'll start by saying I did not care for the reader's interpretation. She was often very harsh and strident, which worked well enough when she voiced the demon character, but didn't work so well for most of the other characters, or the narration. And I don't know why the Shelby character was (usually) read in a Southern(ish) accent. If the storyline directed that, I must have missed it. I wondered if the reader just chose t ...more
Justine Manzano
Jul 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Anyone who reads my reviews would know that I love both Kelley Armstrong's and Christopher Golden's work. That being said, these are very different authors as are the other eight authors that joined on to create Indigo, a novel project. I understood going in that I was reading what amounted to a writing experiment, but being an author myself, I was interested in seeing how it turned out.

The answer was, pretty damn good, but not perfect. Indigo is the story of an investigative reporter, Nora Hes
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
What is this about?: Nora is Indigo, a vigilante superhero searching for a cult that is killing children. That becomes a story about Nora’s origins, and the lies on which her life is built.

What else is this about?: Identity and what makes Nora human versus Indigo. The thing is, there’s a … certain something that might have something to say about that.

Nora is a superhero, Indigo, the kind who lurks in the shadows and literally uses them as her weapons and even for her travel. Using her cover as a
Aug 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Charlaine Harris teams with a slew of authors to create the story of Indigo. Nora Hesper fulfills all of the typical comic book superhero tropes - she lost her parents at a young age, trained with Tibetan monks, works as a reporter, and battles a horror cult at night by manipulating shadows. Yet her most recent attempt to stop the Children of Phonos has left Nora uneasy. Cracks in her memories are forming, new threats are appearing, and her alter-ego Indigo may have a will of her own. As she dig ...more
Jun 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, netgalley
This is a case where I'd recommend not putting too much stock in my star rating, because I'm just not sure how exactly to rate it. I think that this was a case of the wrong book for the wrong reader. I'm not a huge fantasy reader, but I love Charlaine Harris and thought that the multi-author set up of this book was interesting and wanted to read it (I haven't read anything by any of the authors, though I have books by several of them on my shelves waiting to be read). I found the first half or s ...more
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Charlaine Harris has been a published novelist for over thirty-five years. A native of the Mississippi Delta, she grew up in the middle of a cotton field. Charlaine lives in Texas now, and all of her children and grandchildren are within easy driving distance.

Though her early output consisted largely of ghost stories, by the time she hit college (Rhodes, in Memphis) Charlaine was writing poetry an

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