Vengeance Born, the excellent first installment in the Light Blade series, effectively draws the reader in with its opening sentence. The world of the series has two main components: the Na’Reish vampiric demons who enslave humans, and the humans, led and protected by Light Blade warriors, who worship a feminine deity they refer to as The Lady. When the story begins, Annika, a half human/half Na’Reish healer, goes to the dungeons to see to the wounds of a captured Light Blade warrior. (more…)
Dark Days, the stupendous sixth and final installment in the superb Black London series, grabs the reader by the throat with its opening scene and does not let go until its final satisfying page. Plagued by particularly disturbing visions, Jack Winter feels less than enthusiastic but not particularly surprised when Belial, the demon who previously held his soul and enjoyed torturing him, shows up. (more…)
Sinner’s Heart, the terrific third and final installment in the exciting Hellraisers series, begins a few weeks after the events of book two. Bram Stirling, one of the two original Hellraisers remaining in service to the Dark One, finds himself seriously questioning his activities and the ultimate goals of the evil he has bound himself to. With former members Whit and Leo, along with Zora and Anne, fighting against (more…)
Demon’s Bride, the fabulous second installment in the gripping Hellraisers series, grabs the reader immediately and refuses to let go for the duration of the novel. In the London of 1763, Anne Hartfield, the daughter of an impoverished baron, finds herself married to Leo Bailey, an extremely rich merchant from humble beginnings. Seeking a way into aristocratic circles for business and personal reasons, Leo decides that the quickest entry will come through marriage, and Anne’s penniless state bothers him not at all. For her part, Anne feels quite a bit of trepidation, given that her new husband displays an imposing presence — or so it seems to her, anyway — but she also finds herself intrigued by him. (more…)
Light in a Dark World is a fantastic collection of short stories that center on The Destrati, their interactions with humans, and their special relationship with Kail The Betrayer. Kail is more than your average vampire, or, as he prefers, lost soul. That is all vampires are — silly mortals who traded their souls to Lucifer that are now doomed to walk the earth. Kail did not trade his soul, though, it was stolen and he wants it back. (more…)
Lily has the strangest twenty-first birthday. She meets two intriguing figures, Bodie and Zev, and then learns she has divine parentage. Her grandfather, Hades, and her grandmother, Persephone, have invited her to visit them in the Underworld. Lily might finally have a home and a real family, but Hades has more planned for her than a reunion –
like an arranged marraige to Zev, Hades’ up-and-coming CFO. Lily is not on board for this plan, mainly because she has fallen for Bodie, the heavenly counterpart to Zev, and Bodie will do everything he can to protect Lily.
Working in a morgue, Liz is already spooked working the night shift when her boss calls her in for an important autopsy. She is shocked when the latest victim she is slicing open wakens during his autopsy. He is an immortal warrior with many regrets, and she is a psychic. Will he be able to move on from his past that haunts him and affirm his love for Liz? He has to prove to Liz, a mortal, that there is evil stalking them. How will they be able to stay safe in a world of ancient evil? If he cannot protect Liz, she will be the next victim.
The Longest Night by Gary Dini hardly kept my attention. I found myself falling asleep while reading it. The chapters were way too long. As an example, the Prologue is fifty-five pages, and the entire book is 193 pages. The author did, however, give great background information for each character which made it easier to relate to them throughout the story.
The story follows the Tremaine brothers Malcolm and Tristan. Malcolm is in a position of power for the duration of the story yet it originally said he was a recluse. Tristan is a more wild character. They travel through the mountains and come across a baby Yeti which they take it in and help it develop. What will happen to the Yeti? (more…)
Kate O’Hara is temping in Hell. That is the only explanation for the things she has to put up with at her new temp position. Maggie, her manager, is a psychotic pageant queen, the building was obviously designed with torture by corporate overdose in mind, and frankly Kate is not even sure what she is supposed to be doing. A job is a job, though, and she needs one. When Kate makes an attempt to help Maggie with a major project, she finds herself banished to the basement of Fiendish Industries, where there are dozens of strange men sifting through mountains of paperwork. At least the top boss, Thomas Kestrel is fun to look at!
Berani is exotic and untamed as the rainforest of Malaysia which she calls home. The granddaughter of the shaman of her clan, she wants only to protect her family and keep the strangers from destroying the land. She’s not prepared for the battle she is thrust into and must work with an unlikely hero whom she can’t get out of her mind and who is determined to win her or be destroyed trying.
Burklin has a crap life. He is part of an unholy trinity dedicated to keeping the adolescent demon Lord Avnas “Max” McPhee alive. This is a difficult and messy task, since Max is a serial killer and a moron. Low man on the trinity totem pole, Garrick follows Max from crime scene to crime scene, cleaning up Max’s gory mess and stashing mutilated bodies behind Hoppy’s Diner.
Mark Tavery is a dragon specialist for Searchlight. While on an investigation, Mark finds a genie’s lamp. When Mark rubs the lamp, out pops Luke, the most attractive man that he has ever seen. There is an immediate attraction between them, but Mark fights this attraction because of his past abusive relationship. Luke wants to give his Master Mark his heart’s desire. Luke also wants to give himself to his new Master.
There is something killing magical beings along the coast of Florida, and Mark is determined to find out who it is and why. He hopes to talk them into going to Searchlight and getting the free manmade blood that will nourish and help them to survive. Mark is pretty sure that it’s a dragon killing these creatures.
Journey of the Princess of Ice is about a lonely ice elemental, the last of her kind, named Ice. She travels the world in search of home, something which she has not known since her people and her lands were destroyed by fires sent by demons. When she comes to a certain land, she finds a tavern with a friendly owner, and they strike a deal for her to get free room and board just by keeping the tavern cool, just by being around. Ice is very lonely, and the closest she can come to people is to hang out in the tavern, where she dances on the floor, always alone. Her cold will harm anyone who gets too close to her.
Dreams led Bruno, a lone wolf shifter, back to the pack that cast him into the wind. For years he had been on his own, spreading the message of a loving God, a God that he clung to when his torment of abandonment ravaged his soul. Night after night he was plagued by visions of Serena, his only love, and all consuming evil tempting her to cross over to be one with it.
Jan Xu is a wife, mother, ex-teacher, daughter and wolf. Her family is all Lang, which is Mandarin Chinese for wolf. It’s not always easy for Jan Xu to be a wolf in a human world. Jan Xu and her baby sister, Marianne, grew up like typical cubs playing, chasing each other, and hunting small game in their backyard. As they grew older, they grew apart and their relationship became almost nonexistent. Now six years have passed, and Marianne returns home with her new boyfriend. (more…)
Nephilim Lucca Marlowe has been banished and sent to live as a human with both his wings and his glamour bound so he can make peace with his human side. Working as a private detective, he keeps to himself, not caring whether he lives or dies, or at least not until he meets a beautiful, mysterious human woman—with deadly secrets—and her nephew who seamlessly slip into his life and his heart. Things are further complicated by a series of bizarre, brutal murders of supernatural beings and the return of Lucca’s father.
There’s something beneath the surface of the earth that’s not happy. And it’s been waiting, waiting a long time for this chance at revenge. Avani Proctor, earth elemental, is the only one with the skills to stop this demon’s evil before it destroys everything living and breathing. With the help of an unexpected ally and her family of elemental sisters, she may just make it in time.
Avani Proctor has a secret: she’s an earth elemental. Not only that, but she transforms into a tree when she connects with the earth. As closely as she guards this secret, accidents sometimes happen, such as the day Chuck West accidentally spots her in her transformed form. Despite his misgivings and overall disbelief in all things magical and mystical, Chuck has a deep need to believe in Avani, to trust her. (more…)
Tainted Night, Tainted Blood, the riveting second installment in the Kat Redding series, opens with Kat—a vampire on a mission to wipe out all werewolves and vampires that attack and abuse Purebloods (humans)—arriving at the home of Countess Telia, a relatively new but particularly vicious head of a vampire house. Kat does not expect to find her target and everyone else in the house dead, but the massacre she discovers makes one thing very clear: someone or something using both claws and a sword has been on a rampage. After consulting with Mikael, her source of information, Kat learns that other similar attacks have been occurring, mostly attributed to her Lady Death persona.
The Darkest Night, a magical Christmas novella set in the truly fascinating Marked Souls series, finds angel-possessed Cyril Fane on his way to visit The Mortal Coil, a bar frequented by the talya, the warriors possessed by repentant demons. Since he lost his angelic sword in battle and was subsequently cut off from his fellow angel-possessed fighters, Cyril has been in a bit of a bad mood, and he figures that a good scuffle may be just what he needs. That situation, coupled with a message about a rise in demonic activity he wishes to pass on to talya, provide the motivation for Cyril’s visit to the bar. (more…)
Soul Trade, the gripping fifth installment in the wonderful Black London series, pits new parents Pete and Jack against a new threat with a mysterious origin. Since the events at the end of book four left the Black in a state of imbalance that many in the magical community blame on Jack, Pete has been taking on mostly straightforward exorcism cases to pay the bills. The book begins with Pete working on a case for a former colleague in the police department, but she gets more than she bargained for when she discovers that rather than a typical spirit, this pesky problem shows all the signs of being a wraith. After using her Weir talent to drain the creature’s power, Pete gets ready to head home when her client leaves.
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