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Posted by spragujs on April 14, 2011

Blackout cover artBlackout, by Rob Thurman, book 6 of the Leandros Brothers series, was a great addition to this set of novels.  The blurb:

When half-human Cal Leandros wakes up on a beach littered with the slaughtered remains of a variety of hideous creatures, he’s not that concerned. In fact, he can’t remember anything-including who he is.

And that’s just the way his deadly enemies like it…

This novel was a great look into who Cal Leandros actually is, or maybe should have been.  Also who Cal’s friends are, not literally, but more like what they’re made of.  Cal’s still a lazy, sarcastic, snarky survivor, but without the edge from previous books.  It was fascinating to read about what a fully human Cal might be like.  I quite liked him!  And, the following is even more spoilerish, so read at your own risk!

Poor Niko couldn’t be who he was anymore.  He and Cal are so closely tied to one another that without Cal being who he really is (or at least knowing), Niko couldn’t be either.  Cal’s memory loss meant that Niko had basically lost his past, and hence everything that made him what he is.  He also will do anything to keep Cal happy, even trash his own ideals, thus adding yet another layer to Niko’s loss.

Cal was pretty happy not remembering his past, but he knows it’s having a bad effect on Niko and resolves to regain himself (however much he didn’t want to in the beginning) for his brother.  They’ve hung out for a week, but it took maybe a day or two for Cal to realize that Niko really was his brother, even if he didn’t remember.  And this is important to him.  To them both.  And Cal ends up being willing to give up his own happiness to help Niko.  (And Cal claims Niko’s the martyr of the pair.  I’d say they just make quite a pair!)  😉

Needless to say, Cal remembers who he is by the end of the novel.  He’s learned he has some more half brothers and sisters, and he needs to take care of them.  I half expected them to be the subject of the next Cal and Niko novel and am happy to say it didn’t turn out that way.  I also hope that Cal remembers what he was like while not remembering his past.  Maybe it’ll help him continue to see past his dark side.  Bring on the next novel!

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