Review: Trance by Kelly Meding

Posted August 23, 2012 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 3 Comments

Review: Trance by Kelly MedingTrance by Kelly Meding
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

Kelly Meding’s war-ravaged Los Angeles is ground zero for the ultimate Meta human showdown in this sexy, action-packed new series.

Fifteen years ago, Teresa “Trance” West was a skilled telepath and a proud member of the Ranger Corps. But ever since the Rangers were inexplicably rendered powerless at the climax of the devastating Meta War, she’s bounced from one dead-end job to another. Now her powers have reappeared just as mysteriously as they vanished— only they’re completely transformed and more potent than ever. And they’re threatening to destroy her.

Trance heads to Los Angeles to track down the surviving Rangers and discover who restored her powers—and why—but a phantom enemy is determined to kill them before they can reassemble. As they dodge his deadly attacks and come to terms with their new role as heroes, Trance and the rest of the team set out to annihilate the sinister madman . . . only to discover their own powers are his greatest weapons.


Kelly Meding knows how to write an action packed story. I love her Dreg City Series and thought I should give her Meta War series a try. And I’m glad I did. Fans of her Dreg City series will most likely enjoy Trance but even though it’s an urban fantasy book it’s not nearly as dark as Evie’s world.

Meding is an author that’s not afraid to kill a few of her characters. And I like that about her. No one is safe in her worlds. That’s life, no of us get out of it alive and Meding uses that in her writing. You will not get a world with pretty rainbows and flowers. So if that’s the kind of read you’re looking for then don’t read her books. BUT if you love action and gritty story lines you will LOVE her books.

Trance has an X-Men feel to it. You have good and evil superhuman beings. The Metas are the white hats (good guys) and the Banes are the bad guys. They all have their own special powers.

They were in the middle of a war about 15 years ago and things were not looking good for the Metas. The Banes were posed to win the war when all the sudden the Banes and Metas loose their powers.

There was a small group of tweens and teens that lived on the Meta side. They were all shipped off to foster homes in the hope they would grow up in “normal” families. But after 15 years they have grown up and then just as sudden as they lost their powers, they come back. But our heroine, Trance gets a different set of powers. They are more powerful than her old ones.

Now that the Metas are re-grouping and trying to figure out what the hell is going on, Trance finds herself as their leader. This is a far cry from her looser of a life she was living working 3 lousy jobs to try to keep a roof over her head and food in her fridge.

As the 12 living Metas try to make their way to HQ, half are taken out by the bad ass leader of the Banes. The Metas at are left over are working on how to be a team and how to deal with some of the romantic relationships that is building between some of them.

Trance is a very fast paced story with action and a little romance on the side. Fans of Meding’s Dreg City will enjoy this “lighter” urban fantasy read.


About Kelly Meding

Kelly Meding, urbanfantasy author and dabbler in tales of the paranormal.

Books 1-4 in the Dreg City Series, THREE DAYS TO DEAD, AS LIE THE DEAD, and ANOTHER KIND OF DEAD, WRONG SIDE OF DEAD, are now available from Bantam Books in digital and mass-market paperback formats. Book 5, REQUIEM FOR THE DEAD, will release September 16 in digital format only.

Book 1 and 2 in the Metawars superhero series,TRANCE and CHANGELING, are available from Pocket books in digital and mass-market paperback formats. Book 3, TEMPEST, is available digitally only, with book 4, CHIMERA, releasing digitally November 11. 2013.

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After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.

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3 responses to “Review: Trance by Kelly Meding

  1. I just read Three Days to Dead and have to finish the series. I will try this because I think she is a great writer. I like dark fiction though so I have a feeling I will like the Dreg series better. But yes, I agree with you that she isn’t afraid to kill people.