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When a troubleshooter for a society of magic users rescues a private investigator from a dark spell, she finds more than an ally as she faces down her former mentor. Ryne is a magical troubleshooter, sworn to protect the innocent from being harmed by magic--and she's been chasing Anise, her former mentor, for six years. Deke is a private investigator who knows something key When a troubleshooter for a society of magic users rescues a private investigator from a dark spell, she finds more than an ally as she faces down her former mentor. Ryne is a magical troubleshooter, sworn to protect the innocent from being harmed by magic--and she's been chasing Anise, her former mentor, for six years. Deke is a private investigator who knows something key to defeating Anise. But Anise cast a dark spell over him, and even though Ryne has managed to temporarily lift the curse, Deke can't remember what it is that he knows. Ryne has sworn to never get involved with a human, but Deke is sexy, charming, brave and irresistible--and as Ryne and Deke are pulled further into Anise's evil schemes, it's harder and harder for Ryne to resist the attraction. But dark magic has its own attraction, and in order to defeat Anise and lift Deke's curse permanently, Ryne will have to risk following in Anise's footsteps and succumbing to the lure of the darkness...


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When a troubleshooter for a society of magic users rescues a private investigator from a dark spell, she finds more than an ally as she faces down her former mentor. Ryne is a magical troubleshooter, sworn to protect the innocent from being harmed by magic--and she's been chasing Anise, her former mentor, for six years. Deke is a private investigator who knows something key When a troubleshooter for a society of magic users rescues a private investigator from a dark spell, she finds more than an ally as she faces down her former mentor. Ryne is a magical troubleshooter, sworn to protect the innocent from being harmed by magic--and she's been chasing Anise, her former mentor, for six years. Deke is a private investigator who knows something key to defeating Anise. But Anise cast a dark spell over him, and even though Ryne has managed to temporarily lift the curse, Deke can't remember what it is that he knows. Ryne has sworn to never get involved with a human, but Deke is sexy, charming, brave and irresistible--and as Ryne and Deke are pulled further into Anise's evil schemes, it's harder and harder for Ryne to resist the attraction. But dark magic has its own attraction, and in order to defeat Anise and lift Deke's curse permanently, Ryne will have to risk following in Anise's footsteps and succumbing to the lure of the darkness...

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Valerie Tate Williams

    I picked this book up in a hurry on the way to an appointment when I knew I'd be sitting in a waiting room and needed something to read. What a lucky choice! This is the first of Ms. O'Shea's novels that I've read, but it won't be the last. Well developed plot, characters and settings allowed me to quickly sink into this story without distractions. Deke Summers is our hero here. A regular human unaware of the secret magical race called the "Gineal" who have been living alongside us for centuries, I picked this book up in a hurry on the way to an appointment when I knew I'd be sitting in a waiting room and needed something to read. What a lucky choice! This is the first of Ms. O'Shea's novels that I've read, but it won't be the last. Well developed plot, characters and settings allowed me to quickly sink into this story without distractions. Deke Summers is our hero here. A regular human unaware of the secret magical race called the "Gineal" who have been living alongside us for centuries, Deke gets cursed by a practitioner of the dark arts in a particularly creative way. Ryne Frasier is one of the good Gineals and when she realizes Deke's plight, she does her utmost to get him out of it, even though she's never met the guy. Together they have to figure out a way to defeat the dark practitioner to keep Deke from being cursed forever. Ryne is known as a "Troubleshooter" - the magical go-to girl who steps in when things start going bad. The opening scene of this book illustrated her job quite well, and I was braced for an action packed ride. However, surprisingly, our characters spend much more time with each other than they do battling evil - which is a good thing. Although I enjoy the action too, often the development of characters and relationship gets lost in an action oriented story. Not so in this case. Ms. O'Shea does a great job of balancing the two and we get to see our hero and heroine build a real relationship and the development of their feelings for each other. I will be looking forward to the next book in this series and hoping it's about Creed, another troubleshooter we meet briefly. He sounded like a hottie to me! Please visit www.DigigirlsLibrary.comwww.valerietatewilliams.com to see other reviews of paranormal romance.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lyndi W.

    3.5 stars Ryne is seriously TSTL, but I really liked the plot and the other characters.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ixby Wuff

    When a troubleshooter for a society of magic users rescues a private investigator from a dark spell, she finds more than an ally as she faces down her former mentor. Ryne is a magical troubleshooter, sworn to protect the innocent from being harmed by magic--and she's been chasing Anise, her former mentor, for six years. Deke is a private investigator who knows something key to defeating Anise. But Anise cast a dark spell over him, and even though Ryne has managed to temporarily lift the curse, D When a troubleshooter for a society of magic users rescues a private investigator from a dark spell, she finds more than an ally as she faces down her former mentor. Ryne is a magical troubleshooter, sworn to protect the innocent from being harmed by magic--and she's been chasing Anise, her former mentor, for six years. Deke is a private investigator who knows something key to defeating Anise. But Anise cast a dark spell over him, and even though Ryne has managed to temporarily lift the curse, Deke can't remember what it is that he knows. Ryne has sworn to never get involved with a human, but Deke is sexy, charming, brave and irresistible--and as Ryne and Deke are pulled further into Anise's evil schemes, it's harder and harder for Ryne to resist the attraction. But dark magic has its own attraction, and in order to defeat Anise and lift Deke's curse permanently, Ryne will have to risk following in Anise's footsteps and succumbing to the lure of the darkness...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cillasi

    This was a free book. It was okay, but not interested in continuing the series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Melindeeloo

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The action starts this off with a bang, but the relationship is the star in this new paranormal romance series I just loved the leads Ryne and Deke in this first installment in Patti O'Shea's Light Warriors series. Even as we get a great action packed introduction to this new world in the opening scenes of the book, it is building the tension and the relationship between the hero and heroine in this one that takes center stage. Rescued from a curse, Deke is put in the untenable position of being The action starts this off with a bang, but the relationship is the star in this new paranormal romance series I just loved the leads Ryne and Deke in this first installment in Patti O'Shea's Light Warriors series. Even as we get a great action packed introduction to this new world in the opening scenes of the book, it is building the tension and the relationship between the hero and heroine in this one that takes center stage. Rescued from a curse, Deke is put in the untenable position of being in need of Ryne's help and protection as he is brought back to this world to find out that not only does he no longer have a place in the world due to his four year absence, but also that the world is a much more complicated place than he'd ever imagined. Even though as a former policeman turned PI he's more than capable of dealing with most human threats, his skill set is just not quite up to snuff for dealing with magical threats. While there's so much about his situation that stinks, there is one major perk his savior and protector magical troubleshooter/hotshot Ryne. Deke likes everything about fiery stubborn capable beautiful Ryne and Deke especially likes how he can push her buttons intensifying the sparks that sizzle between the two of them. Deke drives Ryne crazy and the lure of forbidden fruit is undeniable even though Ryne has reasons far beyond the custom that Gineal, her magical race, and humans stay separate. Ryne walks the gray magical line trying to avoid the lure that pulled her mentor Anise into black magic, forcing Ryne to hunt her former teacher. Ryne is sure that somehow Deke is the key to defeating Anise, now it is up to Deke and Ryne to figure out how to defeat Anise and how to keep Deke from being pulled back into the curse. But time is short and the stakes are high as the pair seem no closer to finding the answer but they are drawn together so powerfully that failure may cost them both their hearts and their souls. I loved the characters that O'Shea created in Deke and Ryne, they were well matched both needing a strong and intelligent person to challenge and their relationship builds with sexy banter, both of them giving as good as they get. Yet both are vulnerable enough to appreciate the connection that develops between them, and as soulmates they seemed well matched. I really enjoyed watching the relationship evolve as the time limit for preventing reinstatement of the curse and issues from Ryne's past push Deke and Ryne together and then pull them back again in a dance that builds the tension between them. While Ryne's past and her mentor's foul treatment of men was a major reason to keep Deke and Ryne from connecting sooner in the book, I think that O'Shea could have left us with Ryne feelings on the subject and avoided the creepy voyeuristic flashback showing her mentor enthralling and using human men as her playthings. While this bothered me (I dropped half a star for this) and I think that cutting that scene would have detracted little from the book, I can see where O'Shea might have thought it was necessary to understanding Ryne as she works through her issues to discover that she has been manipulated and is not as tainted as Ryne herself fears. Other than that, O'Shea avoided one of the major pitfalls of a first book in a new series, somehow she manages to weave her world building into the story without bogging it down, we learn about the Gileal and the hidden magic world along with Deke and it works well. I look forward to seeing more Light Warriors from O'Shea. If you are looking for something to tide you over until Ryne's sister's book, In Twilight's Shadow (Light Warriors, Book 2), comes out, I enjoyed O'Shea's contributions to the Crimson City series which was a melding of futuristic, paranormal, urban, fantasy romantic suspense. Her contributions were Through a Crimson Veil (Crimson City) and a short in Shards of Crimson (Crimson City).

  6. 4 out of 5

    M.A. Kropp

    What to say about this book? I have never been a big fan of romance novels. Honestly, I find them rather one-dimensional and almost funny, which I don't think is the intention. I got this one as a free download a while ago, and since paranormal romance is somewhat of a "hot" genre these days, I thought I'd give it a shot. Ryne is a Gineal, one of a race of humans able to wield magic and living among normal humans as a protector of sorts against all the evil magical beings among us. She has been t What to say about this book? I have never been a big fan of romance novels. Honestly, I find them rather one-dimensional and almost funny, which I don't think is the intention. I got this one as a free download a while ago, and since paranormal romance is somewhat of a "hot" genre these days, I thought I'd give it a shot. Ryne is a Gineal, one of a race of humans able to wield magic and living among normal humans as a protector of sorts against all the evil magical beings among us. She has been tasked with hunting down and stopping her former mentor, who has gone completely over to the dark side of magic. So far, she has been unsuccessful. She has also become obsessed with a cartoon private eye, who she believes has a real man's soul trapped inside. She frees him, and discovers that he has some sort of key information that will help defeat her mentor, once and for all. The problem? He has no idea what that information is. I liked the paramormal aspects of the book. The Gineal, while not fully developed or explained, are interesting. Perhaps more is revealed in further books. The magic use is decent, and the book opens with a nice action sequence of Ryne in a magical battle. Most of the action is good, if not exceptional. Setting is pretty much a secondary part of the book. Most of it takes place in Ryne's home, with a side trip to LA. Since it is modern day, not a lot of time needs to be used to detail things. We all know what a car, an airplane, a telephone, or TV is. The characters were pretty much what I expected from a romance novel. Ryne is independent, tough, and, determined not to give in to her attraction to Deke. Deke was the biggest issue for me. I understand the attempt to make him the "bad boy" type, but he was sarcastic and manipulative to the point that I ended up disliking him. He also had complete turnarounds from sarcastic, caustic, button-pushing jerk to sensitive, caring, protector in the space of less than a heartbeat. It just seemed unrealistic. Not that I couldn't believe he might have a good side, especially as he realized he was beginning to really care for Ryne, but the transformation was so sudden, it was almost jarring. The rest of the characters, including Ryne's sister and her mentor, were secondary and not given much development. And the romance? Again, about what I expected. I am not prudish or squeamish, and I don't shy from either sex or violence in a story, if it fits. But the way the sex is depicted in this (and the admittedly extremely few) other romances I've read is just so over the top and contrived, it seems silly. But, of course, you can't have a bodice ripper without a few bodices getting ripped, right? I'm not trying to say anything against those who enjoy this sort of story, just that it is not my thing, and this book didn't change that opinion. To each his or her own, absolutely. For the most part, the paranormal aspect was interesting (which is what kept me reading), and the writing itself is not bad. If you are a fan of rommance and paranormal, or a romance reader that would like to try a venture into paranormal, this would probably be a good choice.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Garrett

    This is a paranormal romance novel, so it has all the cliched, template, steamy, writing that is required of a romance novel, with an interesting paranormal element to make it feel unique. I also found it interesting that the main male character was used as a viewpoint character. I had not encountered this in any other romance novels I've read (although that number is admittedly low). Why did I read this? Because I got it as a free eBook from Tor, and because it was kind of fun to read (for me it This is a paranormal romance novel, so it has all the cliched, template, steamy, writing that is required of a romance novel, with an interesting paranormal element to make it feel unique. I also found it interesting that the main male character was used as a viewpoint character. I had not encountered this in any other romance novels I've read (although that number is admittedly low). Why did I read this? Because I got it as a free eBook from Tor, and because it was kind of fun to read (for me it was the action and character dilemma, not the romance parts). I thought Patti did a good job with not cheating the ending too much, although I was a bit disappointed in the idea that this strong, confident, independent woman would dissolve so completely when her lover left. And, the magic felt a little too powerful and easy to win with (I wanted more resolution through character ingenuity rather than magic). And, I was confused by the whole idea of the main female character (Ryne) going to battle a powerful dark witch all by herself. Seemed ludicrous and, frankly, stupid. But, how did it stand up to my traditional review breakdowns? Setting: Mostly Minnesota and Los Angeles. And mostly in Ryne's house. Not much detail or visual images given here except of the various "positions" the two find themselves in. But, then, romances aren't big on setting anyway, so I can't deduct too much for that. Plot: The plot is, Girl has to defeat evil witch. Finds guy, falls in love, learns that guy will be gone forever unless she defeats said evil one, and gone from her life if she does defeat her. She fights for love. Don't want to give away the ending, but I'm sure you can guess as this is fairly formulaic in that regard. I did think that Patti did a good job with throwing in little twists and failures for the characters to keep things interesting and keeping the reader guessing a bit. There were a couple other subplots, but the jealousy one never got resolved, and the sister one brought Ryne and her sister closer together. Conflict: Not really a lot of conflict, apart from the "we have to find out how to defeat the evil one and save Deke" one. There is conflict between the two main characters, and some sexual tension, of course, but not really much else. Characters: Apart from the interesting take on magic users in the modern world, the characters were pretty much what I expected in this kind of story: girl is independent and feisty and gorgeous, guy is strong and big and sensitive. Everyone else in the story is just a role. Text: Nothing stood out to me in this regard, but romances are written to a fairly low grade level on purpose. So, why did I find it enjoyable? I think it was just the way the two main characters interacted. It reminded me a lot of my own sarcasm.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Fitzsimmons

    This was another of the ebooks I received for signing up for the mailing list for Tor’s new website. It’s the story of a young magic user in a secret society called the Gineal as she frees a man from being imprisoned in a cartoon and struggles to defeat her old mentor, who had turned evil while she was still the woman’s apprentice. Books like this are the reason I wish I wasn’t so stubborn about finishing what I started. Given that this title was published by Tor, one of the largest English langu This was another of the ebooks I received for signing up for the mailing list for Tor’s new website. It’s the story of a young magic user in a secret society called the Gineal as she frees a man from being imprisoned in a cartoon and struggles to defeat her old mentor, who had turned evil while she was still the woman’s apprentice. Books like this are the reason I wish I wasn’t so stubborn about finishing what I started. Given that this title was published by Tor, one of the largest English language scifi/fantasy publishers, I would never have expected that this book was in fact a romance novel. I have mentioned before that I am not a fan of the genre, but I had no personal experience to say for certain. Having read this, however, I can say beyond doubt that this is not a genre I am interested in. It was trite, it was predictable, and there was an excess of graphic sex scenes thrown in solely for the purpose of arousal. That, however, isn’t the main problem I had with this book. Fine, I didn’t pick it, it’s the genre, I don’t care for it but I’ll slog through it. What really ate at me was how utterly amateur the writing was. Between the constant swearing, downright obsession with sex, poorly defined world less believable than Harry Potter, and narration that sounded like something you might hear in a high school cafeteria, this book seriously read like it was written by a fourteen-year-old. There were some aspects of the plot that were interesting and the characters for the most part are consistent. But I’ve read teenagers’ LiveJournals that sounded more mature. Unless Tor has a romance novel division that I was previously unaware of, I honestly cannot imagine how this book was published – and even if it was, I’ve read a lot of stories that focus on a relationship between two characters that were better.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    4.5 stars - great! I really liked this story! It was so great I started and finished it today. :) Is this a series? I can't remember and forgot to check before starting to write this. I hope it is...I'd welcome the chance to either read more about Ryne and Deke or romances between other characters (like Creed)...or both! :) This story was really excellent: great characters with a great story to share. :) The heat between Ryne and Deke was hot enough to steam windows and the fight to save Deke 4.5 stars - great! I really liked this story! It was so great I started and finished it today. :) Is this a series? I can't remember and forgot to check before starting to write this. I hope it is...I'd welcome the chance to either read more about Ryne and Deke or romances between other characters (like Creed)...or both! :) This story was really excellent: great characters with a great story to share. :) The heat between Ryne and Deke was hot enough to steam windows and the fight to save Deke and defeat Anise was exciting enough to keep me reading even though I had a massive headache for most of the second half. I'm thinking I'll have to buy this book for my collection, as it's definitely the type of story I can see myself enjoying again and again. :)

  10. 5 out of 5

    Barbara ★

    Eventhough her sister is married to a human, Ryne, a Gineal warrior, always held with the belief that Gineal and human couldn't mix. This posed a huge problem when Deke entered the picture. She wanted him badly but rigidly held herself back. Deke knew how to rile Ryne and he did it intentionally to draw her closer to him which she resisted. An enjoyable tug of war between allies who are fighting the darkness and a curse. It starts out very slow and I found it rather boring until about page 100 wh Eventhough her sister is married to a human, Ryne, a Gineal warrior, always held with the belief that Gineal and human couldn't mix. This posed a huge problem when Deke entered the picture. She wanted him badly but rigidly held herself back. Deke knew how to rile Ryne and he did it intentionally to draw her closer to him which she resisted. An enjoyable tug of war between allies who are fighting the darkness and a curse. It starts out very slow and I found it rather boring until about page 100 when it finally got interesting. It held my interest til the end and I'm anxiously awaiting the next book. I liked both Deke and Ryne as characters and hope they show up again in future books.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Wow, talk about world-building! It's the world we know, but peppered with secret magical societies battling unseen evil forces. The author's creative setting and original storyline make for a riveting page-turner. Yet within the framework of a fast-paced action storyline are two characters whose emotions run deep. Ryne and Deke's attraction is immediate and overwhelming, vivid and real. An all-around satisfying read. Wow, talk about world-building! It's the world we know, but peppered with secret magical societies battling unseen evil forces. The author's creative setting and original storyline make for a riveting page-turner. Yet within the framework of a fast-paced action storyline are two characters whose emotions run deep. Ryne and Deke's attraction is immediate and overwhelming, vivid and real. An all-around satisfying read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Hope

    This started well. Our viewpoint character is a strong, determined woman, focused on doing good. But it rapidly devolved into a downright offensive story suggesting that a woman should be turned on by having her personal space invaded. After the first scene, the conflict is only there because the character's can't be arsed to actually talk to each other. ARG! I didn't read very far before giving it up. This started well. Our viewpoint character is a strong, determined woman, focused on doing good. But it rapidly devolved into a downright offensive story suggesting that a woman should be turned on by having her personal space invaded. After the first scene, the conflict is only there because the character's can't be arsed to actually talk to each other. ARG! I didn't read very far before giving it up.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Marisa

    Unreadably bad. This was a free download from Tor books - I didn't realise previously that they had a "paranormal romance" imprint, but they do, and this is one of their books. Basically, it reads like bad slash fic, although it has an original setting. It also has extremely distasteful gender relations of the "she said 'no,' but she really meant 'yes'" variety. I didn't make it very far with this one. Unreadably bad. This was a free download from Tor books - I didn't realise previously that they had a "paranormal romance" imprint, but they do, and this is one of their books. Basically, it reads like bad slash fic, although it has an original setting. It also has extremely distasteful gender relations of the "she said 'no,' but she really meant 'yes'" variety. I didn't make it very far with this one.

  14. 4 out of 5

    John

    This was a free book that I got through Tor.com and it was my first exposure to this author. I thought that the book got off to a decent start but the ending seemed very rushed. I'm not sure if the author ran out of time writing the book or it got left on the cutting room floor, but the last 40 pages was like reading cliffs notes with some dialog. It is no surprise that Tor gave the book away. If you want a supernatural love story without having to think much, this is the book for you. This was a free book that I got through Tor.com and it was my first exposure to this author. I thought that the book got off to a decent start but the ending seemed very rushed. I'm not sure if the author ran out of time writing the book or it got left on the cutting room floor, but the last 40 pages was like reading cliffs notes with some dialog. It is no surprise that Tor gave the book away. If you want a supernatural love story without having to think much, this is the book for you.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Darcy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. As I was reading I thought to myself, "There should be a voluptuous woman and a bare chested man on the cover of this book. " And then when I finally got to the end of my free ebook from Tor, I looked back, and it was mostly there on the cover!! Other than that I didn't not enjoy the book, is there anything else I need to say? As I was reading I thought to myself, "There should be a voluptuous woman and a bare chested man on the cover of this book. " And then when I finally got to the end of my free ebook from Tor, I looked back, and it was mostly there on the cover!! Other than that I didn't not enjoy the book, is there anything else I need to say?

  16. 5 out of 5

    This Is Not The Michael You're Looking For

    This book is a mixed bag. The story is fairly cliched and predictable, although well written. The big negative in my mind was that the main male lead was extraordinarily irritating. He was such an extreme ass for the first half of the book or so, so unrealistically written, that the rest of the story shouldn't have unfolded the way it did. This book is a mixed bag. The story is fairly cliched and predictable, although well written. The big negative in my mind was that the main male lead was extraordinarily irritating. He was such an extreme ass for the first half of the book or so, so unrealistically written, that the rest of the story shouldn't have unfolded the way it did.

  17. 4 out of 5

    rivka

    Uses every cliche in the paranormal-romance genre -- lure of evil, chasing after a former good guy turned bad, limited timeframe due to an evil spell -- and comes up with an amazingly GOOD book. (Non romance-readers may disagree, and this book contains several explicit scenes.)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I couldn't finish this book, not sure if it's just not a genre I enjoy or if it really was that poorly written. I think I only picked it up because it came up in a search for new "kindle" reading material... I couldn't finish this book, not sure if it's just not a genre I enjoy or if it really was that poorly written. I think I only picked it up because it came up in a search for new "kindle" reading material...

  19. 5 out of 5

    Chris Gardner

    This is another romance/sex book with urban fantasy wrapped around it. Not really anything I am interested in.[return][return]With that said, the writing is pretty good. The subject matter is just not what I want to read.[return][return]I cannot recommend it, but others may like it.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    I saw an ad online for the third book in this series, which sounded much more interesting, but thought I would start at the beginning...it is great for when you need a no-substance trashy novel--this one happens to be a paranormal romance.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Wealhtheow

    Ryne is in the midst of an undercover magical war when she accidentally uncurses Deke Summers. Artificial, contrived and completely unimaginative. Can be read online here: http://hbpub.vo.llnwd.net/o16/video/o... Ryne is in the midst of an undercover magical war when she accidentally uncurses Deke Summers. Artificial, contrived and completely unimaginative. Can be read online here: http://hbpub.vo.llnwd.net/o16/video/o...

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mysterious

    DNF 20%

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    The author appears to be a student of the Laurell K. Hamilton school of urban fantasy: too much badly-written smut, not enough story. Not recommended at all.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Karen Desmond

    5

  25. 5 out of 5

    B. Zedan

    Yeah, it's a romance. But it did not suck outright and the characters had a little quality verbal sparring and are kind of real people. Yeah, it's a romance. But it did not suck outright and the characters had a little quality verbal sparring and are kind of real people.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dani C. (Paulette's Papers)

    I had started reading this book but it was going quite slow. So I put this one down until I finish the Celta's Heartmates series. I had started reading this book but it was going quite slow. So I put this one down until I finish the Celta's Heartmates series.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tera

  28. 5 out of 5

    Gale

  29. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jen

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