A superhero’s daughter learns the truth about an ancient evil.
Audrey Whitticomb is the daughter of Morning Star, a superhero who watches over Minneapolis. While Audrey’s mother has heroic physical prowess, Audrey’s talents lie in what her grandmother called her Knowing, so she’s never contemplated fighting crime herself. But when high school girls start going missing and turning up dead, Audrey’s mother’s sudden overprotectiveness clues her into a larger picture. Morning Star doesn’t fight crime at all, but rather hateful entities from the Beneath, the place where the Old Race who gave super-powered humans like the Whitticombs—called Kin—their abilities, originated. Why the whole city knows her as a superhero when she doesn’t actually fight crime, but supernatural creatures that generally ignore normal humans is never addressed. A Kin connection to the murders and the secrecy of Morning Star and her teleporting, college-aged sidekick Leon force Audrey to investigate for herself, using her psychic abilities. Of course, this means danger and destiny. While the prose is generally prolix, a blink-and-miss-it climax follows some nifty plot twists. The main storyline is left unresolved for sequels.
Decidedly more urban fantasy than comic book, Frenette’s debut features a variety of characters and should please readers looking for paranormal without so much romance. (Urban fantasy. 12-16)