by Sonya Bateman – Unlucky thief Gavyn Donatti is on the run from Trevor, the psychopathic and rich criminal mastermind who hired him to steal an old knife. Not because he didn’t steal it, but because he lost it afterward. Trevor, plus crooked police, plus a bounty hunter… oh, plus an ancient, powerful and evil djinn. And they’re not just after Gavyn. They also want his toddler son Cyrus, a son Gavyn didn’t know he had until he fell afoul of Trevor. Luckily for Gavyn, he also has a djinn working with him, a djinn named Ian who sees something special in Gavyn that might just change his life, if he survives Trevor and his goons. He also has Jazz, Cyrus’ mom and the love of Gavyn’s life, although he doesn’t know if Jazz wants him to help him or kill him herself. And along the way, Gavyn’s former partner-in-crime and his djinn lover join the good guys, such as they are, in his possibly fatal quest.
This urban fantasy book is a romp, albeit a dark and gory romp. It starts with action and rarely slows its pace. The characters are memorable and well-drawn, the plot intricate and logical, the final confrontation horrific and cleverly concluded.
Gavyn is a lovable loser and our point-of-view character, so it’s a good thing he’s an honest thief, if such a thing exists, with scruples and empathy and loyalty. I enjoyed my time in his head (so to speak) and look forward to reading the other books in this series. (finished 8/26/2012)