Santa Olivia by Jaqueline Carey

Loup Garron’s father was a genetically engineered superman, but she’s just a street kid–until she turns a group of orphans into vigilantes.

I thought Santa Olivia was going to be a werewolf book, and it wasn’t. It’s an ambitious yet intimate character portrait of a girl born without fear.

I was unfamiliar with Jacqueline Carey’s work, and I gather that Santa Olivia represents a bit of a departure. I really admired her command of character and plotting, even if I didn’t totally connect with Loup and her coterie. Carey’s prose style is extremely hard edged and she takes huge risks, and she weds place and character in a really unusual way.

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  1. I’m not into erotic fiction, so I’ve avoided her Kushiel series, but have really enjoyed her Sundering duology (basically, LotR as written from Sauron’s perspective…and he’s the good guy.) She’s a good writer. I’ll have to check this out.

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