Title: Bitten in Two (Jaz Parks #7}
Author: Jennifer Rardin
Published: Orbit November 2010
Synopsis: Jaz Parks here. I. Am. Pissed. Just as Vayl and I arrive in Morocco to secure an ancient artifact, he wakes up calling me by another woman’s name. And it’s not even a good one. But since any form of argument transforms him into an unholy terror, I’m forced to play along until the gang and I can figure out what kind of power has so vastly altered his perceptions. So it’s time for me to do what any well-trained assassin in my position might do. I attack. What follows is a hair-raising, breath-taking bullet train ride to the finish as the crew battles on multiple fronts. I now know what I have to do – I must return to hell one last time.
Status: Read from May 26 to 27, 2011 — I own a copy
Somewhere in Morocco is the demon formed Rocenz that Jaz needs to save her life, but the gang’s search is hampered by Vayl’s inexplicable memory loss, the result of a curse laid on him in Scotland (Book #5). In a desperate bid to restore Vayle from his 1777 time warp, Jaz drags a wizard, Sterling, into the fight and along with Cole, Bergman, robokitty and a bit of help from a local stalker, the gang face down a vicious clan of werewolves, a greedy mage and Kyphas’s betrayl.
Vayle’s amnesia provides plenty of comedic moments as he has mistaken Bergman for his ward, Helena, and Jaz and Cole as his once favoured servants. It’s tough for Jaz though who misses Vayle’s love and support, as she struggles with the headaches and nosebleeds Brude is causing. The situation shows how much maturity Jaz has gained since the beginning of the series, and provides a bit more insight into Vayle’s background, which I appreciated.
Bergman on painkillers is hilarious, especially when he describes his sexless state. I find Bergman more appealing the macho Cole. You just know Cole’s relationship with Kyphas and his stubbornness in refusing to join the Trust, is going to lead to disaster.
My one irritation with this story was the interruption of battle scenes for Jaz to think too much, particularly at the climax in the tannery. I wanted her to shut up already and kill Kyphas. Don’t get me wrong I love Granny May’s wisdom, TeenMe’s enthusiasm and InnerBimbo’s pratfalls from her bar stool but not right in the middle of a fight.
I am eager to start The Deadliest Bite, the final installment of the Jaz Parks series, though also sad to see it finish. Bitten in Two is a fast paced romp with all the action, sarcasm and humour that Rardin does so well.