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The premise ganked from BN.com Sylvie Lightner is a P.I specializing in the unusual in a world where magic is real, and Hell is just around the corner.After escaping secret government cells and destroying a Miami landmark, Sylvie s trying to lay low something that gets easier when a magical force starts taking out her enemies But these magical attacks are a risk to bystanders, and Sylvie can t let that slide When the war between the government and the magical world threatens the three people closest to her her assistant, her sister, and her lover Sylvie has no choice but to get involved with hidden powers bent on shaping the world to their liking Now, with death and disaster on the horizon, even if Sylvie wins, things will never be the same My Rating Couldn t Put It Down There s a part of me that s sad this is the last installment I was ambivalent about the first book, but the second and third books were solidly good reads This last one I had a hard time putting down I barely took many notes because I was so engaged with it, as the various disparate elements of the story come together in a super satisfying way This chapter in Sylvie s life is over, and while there s no doubt Sylvie s going to have manyadventures, while there s no doubt her new notoriety could provide for some fantastic friction, I m glad to leave the series where it ended It s a great ending.It s hard to keep talking about it too, when I m not spoiling the bejeezus out of anything Suffice to say that Benedict s won me over with this series, and I hope to re read it one day when re reading is a real possibility for me I look forward to seeing what else Benedict has to offer in the future under this pen name or her real name, Lane Robins , but in the meantime, there s something satisfying about finishing a series and relishing a good end.For those readers who want a dark, urban fantasy that shorror than romance but don t mind a smidgen of, well, not romance, but sex with a solid investigate bent, where the supernatural are monsters to freak out over instead of fall in love with, I d definitely recommend you give this series a try Sylvie s a great heroine once you get past her initial, bitchy facade, especially once you realize she ll do anything for those she loves.Spoilers, yay or nay Nay Originally I thought I d be chatting about spoilers, but once I started writing the review, I decided there s no real discussion in that, especially with this being a last book So unless you re in a hurry and if you are, skip to My Rating feel free to read the full review, which can be found at my blog As always, comments and discussion are welcome, so if you re interested, just click the link below, which will take you to the full review REVIEW Lyn Benedict s LIES OMENS Happy Reading Extra 1 4 star Whoever said that UF was dead or dying must have read the wrong books The Shadows Inquiries series is one of the best around It has all the landmarks of the genre kick ass heroine, angst, grit, monsters, federal agents and cops struggling with the truth and it never repeats a clich Or better it makes them fresh.Ms Benedict is a master at writing she includes pieces of the past in the narrative without a glitch And even if you don t remember what has happened in the past, you can read on without problems.The plot here involves witches, shadow government forces and, of course, gods Plus a new, future, threat If you consider that this is the forth book in a series, you might appreciateall of the above. Excellent story and ending I wish there werein the series. Lies Omens is the fourth book in the Shadows Inquiries series by Lyn Benedict and an ACE Urban Fantasy.Blurb Sylvie Lightner is a P.I specializing in the unusual in a world where magic is real, and Hell is just around the corner.After escaping secret government cells and destroying a Miami landmark, Sylvie s trying to lay low something that gets easier when a magical force starts taking out her enemies But these magical attacks are a risk to bystanders, and Sylvie can t let that slide.When the war between the government and the magical world threatens the three people closest to her her assistant, her sister, and her lover Sylvie has no choice but to get involved with hidden powers bent on shaping the world to their liking Now, with death and disaster on the horizon, even if Sylvie wins, things will never be the sameMy thoughts Sylvie Lightner is just trying to make a living and stay alive in the process Named the new Lilith, Sylvie has powers she s never dreamed of and has no idea how to access most of them Magical beings are coming out of the proverbial closet and attacking the branch of the government that would like nothingthan to catch them and slice them open to see how they tick Though there is no love lost between Sylvie and those government officials innocent bystanders are being harmed Sylvie feels honor bound to stop the attacks.With a Fury turned demi god popping in at the most inconvenient of times and a psycho assassin wanting to take over the very government that is being attacked to say that things are a bit stressful is an understatement.If that weren t enough Sylvie is trying to find a witch to lift a curse from a client, keep her own sister safe and her lover out of troublethings are going from bad to worse.I completely enjoyed Lies Omens Sylvie is one tough lady I give Lies Omens 4 out of 5 stars.Product DetailsReading level Ages 18 and upMass Market Paperback 320 pagesPublisher Ace April 24, 2012 Language EnglishISBN 10 1937007502ISBN 13 978 1937007508 to you by OBS reviewer Heidilies and omens shadows inquiries lyn benedictSylvie has caused a lot of damage in her time as a supernatural P.I and she s seen some really strange things, such as her lover dying and coming back to take over another man s body She has created the new God that s going around wrecking havoc on Miami, Erinya Sylvie is the new Lilith and is still trying to figure out exactly what that means She is told that she can kill the unkillable, and Dunne wants her to do just that to solve the new God problem Not to mention one of the girls she saved in the last book, Lupe, appears to have taken on a nasty curse that causes her to shapeshift into one dangerous beast after another, each leaving a piece of itself with her after she s back to her human form Silvie is on a mission to find a witch that can cure Lupe, but most of them have left Miami in fear of their power being burned out by Erinya.And, just when Silvie thinks she has enough problems to deal with, the ISI s offices start getting attacked by various magical creatures, including the Chicago office where her honey, Demalion, works Sylvie can t get a hold of Demalion and doesn t know if he s dead or alive But one thing she knows is that the magical world does not work together and rarely do the creatures that inhabit it have the same goals Which can only mean one thing someone is controlling them But who andimportantly how Silvie decides not to get involved until she s forced to when her baby sister is kidnapped to guarantee Silvie s cooperation This series has had its ups and downs for me I have found myself pretty bored through several of the installments But thankfully this book was able to maintain my interest There was a lot going on and Benedict managed to keep me alert throughout It s not one that left me amazed, but it was decent nevertheless.I was happy to seeinteractions between Silvie and both her lover, Demalion, who I ve really grown to love over the course of the series, and her bratty baby sister, Zoe It s interesting to see just how much these relationships have changed over time and I m curious to see how they will evolve in the future.I also found some of the creatures that were introduced in this book to be interesting, my favorite being Encantado He was mysterious and intriguing.This book wasn t one that left me on the edge of my seat, but it had some positive points and I m hoping to see the future installments build on this and to getentertaining as they go. It was such a treat to be back in the Shadow Inquiries world, and LIES AND OMENS doesn t waste a single page before ramping up the action Almost invisibly, Benedict intertwined gentle reminders about Sylvie s past without slowing down the current events one bit By the time Sylvie was clinched in what is the absolute best shower scene I ve ever read, I knew I was going to gulp this book down in one sitting and I was right.Above and beyond a killer first act, the entire book is infused with Benedict s knack for appealing darkness None of the loose ends from prior books are swept under the rug, but these difficult, heart wrenching relationships are saved from any hint of drama by Sylvie s clear eyed emotional bravery In general, I do not like angry characters, yet Sylvie s brand of rage is transmuted into something gorgeous Her intransigence becomesandimportant as the world convulses around her and the line between friend and monster blurs Whether it s something as small as mentioning the bitter taste of soap in a sex scene or the lethal consequences of a Fury s new godhood, Benedict brings a gritty reality to her urban fantasy that I find absolutely compelling.Despite the shotgun start, LIES AND OMENS did have a lull in the action two thirds of the way through However, that slight pause soon swept away to a climactic finish Benedict managed a difficult feat for a mid series ending, offering a resolution that was satisfying for her characters while still lighting the fuse on fantastic possibilities for future books LIES AND OMENS was 10 on my Top 12 for 2012 list, and as quickly as I ve finished it, I m already penciling in a spot for Shadow Inquiries 5 on this year s new list.Sexual Content A sex scene also knows as the world s best shower scene. *Download Book ⇺ Lies & Omens ⇲ Sylvie Lightner Is A PI Specializing In The Unusual In A World Where Magic Is Real, And Hell Is Just Around The Corner After Escaping Secret Government Cells And Destroying A Miami Landmark, Sylvie S Trying To Lay Low Something That Gets Easier When A Magical Force Starts Taking Out Her Enemies But These Magical Attacks Are A Risk To Bystanders, And Sylvie Can T Let That Slide When The War Between The Government And The Magical World Threatens The Three People Closest To Her Her Assistant, Her Sister, And Her Lover Sylvie Has No Choice But To Get Involved With Hidden Powers Bent On Shaping The World To Their Liking Now, With Death And Disaster On The Horizon, Even If Sylvie Wins, Things Will Never Be The Same It was such a treat to be back in the Shadows Inquiries world, and LIES AND OMENS doesn t waste a single page before ramping up the action Almost invisibly, Benedict intertwined gentle reminders about Sylvie s past without slowing down the current events one bit though new readers should definitely put in the time to read prior books By the time Sylvie was clinched in what is the absolute best shower scene I ve ever read, I knew I was going to gulp this book down in one sitting and I was right.Above and beyond a killer first act, the entire book is infused with Benedict s knack for appealing darkness None of the loose ends from prior books are swept under the rug, but these difficult, heart wrenching relationships are saved from any hint of drama by Sylvie s clear eyed emotional bravery In general, I do not like angry characters, yet Sylvie s brand of rage is transmuted into something gorgeous Her intransigence becomesandimportant as the line between friend and monster blurs Whether it s something as small as mentioning the bitter taste of soap in a sex scene or acknowledging the devastating consequences of past victories, Benedict brings a gritty reality to her urban fantasy that I find absolutely irresistible.Despite the shotgun start, LIES AND OMENS did have a lull in the action two thirds of the way through However, that slight pause soon swept away to a climactic finish Benedict managed a difficult feat for a mid series ending, offering a resolution that was satisfying for her characters while still lighting the fuse on fantastic possibilities for future books LIES AND OMENS was 10 on my Top 12 for 2012 list, and as quickly as I ve finished it, I m already penciling in a spot for Shadows Inquiries 5 on this year s new list.Sexual Content A sex scene. Not a bad stopping point, if that s how it ends up.Lots of things came to a head in this book, and the way it ends makes it equally possible that this is the end of the story or just the conclusion of the first arc Given that the book was published over a year and a half ago, I am inclined to believe the former and that s okay Most of the loose ends got resolved, and the last chapter works in either case as an epilogue or a teaser Personally, I think trying to continue the series would probably be a bad thing Sylvie works best in a certain kind of setting, and she no longer lives there I understand there may be a spinoff book about what the Ghoul s been up to, and that s cool, but Sylvie just wouldn t be the same without having to deal with a world thatwell, I can t saythan that without giving away the big spoiler.Over all, the series was a solid read Nicely chaotic when it needed to be, and it kept things from getting comfortable Now that Sylvie shows signs of settling down, it s probably best that we let her do just that.