Asha is an engaging character whose sharp wit immediately endeared her to me. She has a strange and dysfunctional relationship with Norman, often defaulting to a role of a long-suffering single parent even though he’s actually older than she is. Lee Hayton’s interpretations of both telekinesis and vampire mythology make for a quirky and original read. Having vampires enslaved by humans rather than hunting them to extinction is a very interesting reversal while Asha’s low-key telekinesis results in an odd yet highly useful ability. My only complaint is that I would’ve appreciated a little more worldbuilding in regards to where and when the story takes place. Nerves of Steel is a far more intricate novel than it seems. Lee Hayton sets a good pace throughout, but the plot really gains momentum past the midpoint as the antagonist’s intricate plan begins to surface. The conclusion was both satisfying and completely unexpected.
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