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All the Colors of Night by Jayne Ann Krentz
Series: Fogg Lake #2
Published by Berkley on January 5, 2021
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Suspense
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North Chastain possesses a paranormal talent that gives him the ability to track down the most dangerous psychic criminals. When his father suddenly falls into a coma, North is convinced it was caused by a deadly artifact traced back to the days of a secret government laboratory known only as the Bluestone Project. North knows his only hope of saving his father is to find the artifact. He is good when it comes to tracking down killers but to locate the relic, he's going to need help from a psychic who knows the shadowy world of obsessive collectors, deceptive dealers, and ruthless raiders…
With her reputation in ruins after a false accusation, antique expert Sierra Raines is looking for a fresh start. She turns to the murky backwaters of the paranormal artifacts trade, finding and transporting valuable objects with a psychic provenance. When North Chastain approaches her for help, Sierra takes him on as a client, though not without reservations. North represents the mysterious Foundation, the secretive organization established to police the underworld populated by psychic criminals and those, like Sierra, who make a living in the shadows of that world.
North and Sierra soon find themselves at the scene of The Incident that occurred decades ago in Fogg Lake. The town and its residents were forever changed by the disaster in the nearby Bluestone Project labs. The pair unearth shocking truths about what happened that fateful night, but they are playing with fire—someone in town knows what they’ve discovered and will do anything to make sure the secrets stay buried.
I enjoyed the first book in the Fogg Lake series and was happy to learn more about this world. I think each book could be read as a standalone but I don’t do that very often. I like the background of the world and other characters. We didn’t see much of the first couple in this story.
All the Colors of Night brings a new couple, with each person trying to find their way in the world as they deal with their magical talents. The world has not been kind to them plus it has held their family histories against them. North has been working for the Foundation as a cleaner before he started to have some issues with his magic. Sienna is capable as a “go-between” in the magical artifacts business but it is very dangerous and not always consistent work.
North arrives in town after his father was attacked to find out what is happening. He hires Sienna to help him authenticate the artifacts his father had found. I love how they support each other and work together to solve this case. They have to be careful because someone is always trying to kill them. Not only do they protect each other, North and Sienna help each other with magic problems they are having. I did guess one bad guy early on, but the actual plot was more twisty.
The Foundation is always part of the backdrop as is Fogg Lake where so many things started. People are wary of the Foundation as the old leadership was so corrupt. I look forward to learning more about them as I think they will build their reputation as the good guys.
The other big long-term plot arc is the Vortex which is a super secret lab which everyone is trying to find. They want the secrets and possibly weapons or artifacts which are there. In this story, one part of the case was to try to locate the lab of North’s grandfather. The bad guys believed it contained weapons. The lab, like his grandfather’s home, would be protected by familial blood and talents, so only North could access it.
I recommend this series because while there is a romance, it is not the primary focus. There is also some great world-building and series plot arcs to provide more layers. There is also the development of two new characters, the couple, in each book.
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