Living up to the promise of its predecessor, the terrific Summoning the Night, book two in the wonderful Arcadia Bell series, delivers on every level. Three weeks after dispatching her parents to the demon realm, Cady has been occupied by daily life with her Earthbound demon boyfriend, Lon, and his almost-fourteen-year-old son, Jupe. With just the two of them on their way to Cady’s bar to deliver groceries after opening a savings account for the young man, Jupe informs Cady that he has developed a knack (the special talent that many Earthbound demons possess) – he can persuade people to do what he wishes them to. Surprised by this proclamation, as typically Earthbounds do not develop their knacks until a bit older than Jupe’s present age, Cady nonetheless files away the information in her mind, despite Jupe’s penchant for exaggeration.
Cady quickly learns that Jupe may be speaking the truth, after all, when a mugger attacking the two of them on the way to the bar abruptly runs off at the suggestion from Jupe that the police are on the way. Unfortunately, Cady and Jupe do not have too long to bask in the good feelings engendered by their escape when they learn from Amanda, one of the waitresses, that in a pattern reminiscent of crimes thirty years earlier, two Earthborn children have been abducted. Then Lon arrives home early from an out-of-town photo shoot, reporting to Cady that Ambrose Dare, head of the local Hellfire Club, wishes to meet with them both. Dare wants Cady and Lon to find the missing children and put a stop to a possible repeat of the previous events. In the process, aside from having to deal with some unsavory characters she would rather avoid, Cady learns more about her untapped potential.
As before, Bennett provides the reader with a tremendous story that flows smoothly, characters that feel as though they are sitting next to you, descriptive imagery that makes the setting seem real, all delivered with a spot-on thread of humor that adds to the narrative. Cady’s sense of true family adds dimension to her relationship with Lon and Jupe, even spilling over into those she works with. To the author’s credit, even the villains have depth, which adds intensity to the story. The suspense level keeps the reader guessing until the end, though never overshadows the other fabulous aspects of the novel. Summoning the Night, like Kindling the Moon before it, belongs in the hands of all urban fantasy and paranormal romance readers. This reviewer fervently hopes that the wait for book three in this fantastic series will not be too long.
- Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Pocket Books; Original edition (April 24, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1451620535
- ISBN-13: 978-1451620535