What is this about?: Nora is Indigo, a vigilante superhero searching for a cult that is killing children. That becomes a story about Nora’s origins, and the lies on which her life is built.
What else is this about?: Identity and what makes Nora human versus Indigo. The thing is, there’s a … certain something that might have something to say about that.
Investigative reporter Nora Hesper spends her nights cloaked in shadows. As Indigo, she’s become an urban myth, a brutal vigilante who can forge darkness into weapons and travel across the city by slipping from one patch of shadow to another. Her primary focus both as Nora and as Indigo has become a murderous criminal cult called the Children of Phonos. Children are being murdered in New York, and Nora is determined to make it stop, even if that means Indigo must eliminate every member. But in the aftermath of a bloody battle, a dying cultist makes claims that cause Indigo to question her own origin and memories.
Nora’s parents were killed when she was nineteen years old. She took the life insurance money and went off to explore the world, leading to her becoming a student of meditation and strange magic in a mountaintop monastery in Nepal…a history that many would realize sounds suspiciously like the origins of several comic book characters. As Nora starts to pick apart her memory, it begins to unravel. Her parents are dead, but the rest is a series of lies. Where did she get the power inside her?
In a brilliant collaboration by New York Times and critically acclaimed coauthors Charlaine Harris, Christopher Golden, Kelley Armstrong, Jonathan Maberry, Kat Richardson, Seanan McGuire, Tim Lebbon, Cherie Priest, James Moore, and Mark Morris join forces to bring you a crime-solving novel like you’ve never read before.
Nora is a superhero, Indigo, the kind who lurks in the shadows and literally uses them as her weapons and even for her travel. Using her cover as a newspaper reporter she works cases and brings the bad guys to justice, and this time around she’s investigating the deaths of children in the city, and that brings her to the Children of Phonos a cult she’s tangled with before.
But through investigating the case, Nora is forced to examine her past and realise that everything she thought she knew about herself is a lie — and I enjoyed that the authors played with our perceptions of superheroes right now, and weaved it into the story to give Nora this amazing backstory that continued to evolve, and evolve….
That’s the thing about this book — you can see the amazing authors up there, and for the most part they come through and provide a fast-paced, thrilling collaborative adventure with twists and turns as Nora’s past comes to light. But I suspect this might have been a case of too many (good) cooks spoiling the broth, because as cool as killer nuns are helping her defeat the cult, there’s a point when things go on for too long (and very dramatically).
Eventually, this book just lost steam for me — which is sad, because I loved the idea of these amazing coming together to write a female superhero.