The God Killers by John F. Allen

The God Killers by John F. AllenIvory Blaque is not your typical art dealer. While she does run a very successful gallery in one of Chicago’s trendier neighborhoods, she desires a little bit more excitement in her life. Her enhanced skills and past experiences make her uniquely qualified to also recover unique items that go missing. Retained to secure a pair of antique pistols, Ivory learns there is far more going on than a simple recovery job. Her client is a government spook and he has a whole lot of information on Ivory’s past, including where her unique abilities stem from and how she is related to the pistol, and he makes her an offer she cannot really refuse.

While the existence of supernatural beings is not a generally acknowledged fact, the government does keep an eye on the different factions and they need Ivory. There is a power struggle in the vampire hierarchy, and Ivory’s past makes her the only one able to decode the only real lead there is. To top it all off, Chicago’s very dangerous, very sexy top vampire seems to have taken a liking to Ivory, and her werewolf friend has assigned her a little-needed (but perhaps a much wanted) lycan bodyguard.

Between the two new men in her life, the mystery of her heritage, and her deal with the government spooks, Ivory can hardly breath. To top it all off, someone wants Ivory to suffer and they are doing their best to make her life very difficult. Ivory must rely on trusted associates in order to sort out the mess that her life has become, but with everyone manipulating her from every direction she will be lucky to survive.

The God Killers absolutely blows me away. Every single thing I like about the Urban Fantasy/Paranormal genre is here in force: strong female heroine, interesting side characters, a great foundation, and a fully-realized world, Everything about this book is pitch perfect. And there is an awesome dog sidekick.

I love the dual setting. I do not know what it is about New Orleans but it always adds to a story, and I am a Chicago girl so I like to see my city on the page. The back and forth between the two places works really well to establish the dichotomy in Ivory.

Ivory herself is everything I look for in a heroine. She is independant and smart, she has had her share of heartbreak but still has that attitude that gives her a little bit of edge. I really appreciate that while she is slow to trust and has her demons, she is not totally isolated. There are people in her life she does trust. I absolutely love that she is involved in the art scene, making her a refreshing example of a kick-ass woman. She has a past that informs her actions. I did not even mind that there looks like there could be a possible love triangle in the making, because while men are certainly on her mind, they really are not the most important thing happening to her.

I adore the secondary characters. These people come alive, I want to know more about them and see what is going to happen in the future. I think these characters being so solid helps establish and ground this world. The political structure of the various groups is palpable, even though we only get fairly minimal exposure to each.

The mechanics of The God Killers just work really well. It excellently-paced, Ivory’s voice is strong and certain, and it sets up what I can easily see as being a much wider world with endless potential. The plot is fantastic, including some very effective twists that make this a really fun read. The God Killers is obviously the opening salvo to a promising series, yet it still manages to give resolution to the initial mystery.

John F. Allen has a splendid and solid debut on his hands. If you are a fan of Jane Yellowrock and Mercy Thompson I think you will get a huge kick out of Ivory and The God Killers. I cannot wait to see what is next.

Book Stats:

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Seventh Star Press, LLC (July 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937929167
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937929169

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Books in the God Killers Legacy series in the order they should be read:
The God Killers

Ivory Blaque is not your typical art dealer. While she does run a very successful gallery in one of Chicago’s trendier neighborhoods, she desires a little bit more excitement in her life. Her enhanced skills and past experiences make her uniquely qualified to also recover unique items that go missing. Retained to secure a pair …

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Summary : The mechanics of The God Killer just work really well. It excellently-paced, Ivory’s voice is strong and certain, and it sets up what I can easily see as being a much wider world with endless potential. The plot is fantastic, including some very effective twists that make this a really fun read. The God Killers is obviously the opening salvo to a promising series, yet it still manages to give resolution to the initial mystery.

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Kristin is loving wife and doggie mom with a serious book addiction. When she is not in the kitchen whipping up a tasty confection (or cocktail) she can usually be found on the couch with her nose in a book. And she really did not hear what her husband just said to her, never mind that she responded… he should know better, she was reading. Her favorite books to read feature vampires, fae, & Gods of any pantheon (oh my!) but she has been known to pick up some pretty heavy philosophical tomes, funny memoirs, and scientific gobblygook. She also has a soft spot in her heart for good high fantasy. She fell in love with Anne Rice at far to young of an age and still has not found her way to NOLA! Kristin also spends time as a foster mom for a herding breed dog rescue in Illinois, indulging her husbands’ “silly” hobby of import/vintage video gaming, and spending as much time as she can with various members of her ridiculously large family. Somehow she manages to work full time in insurance sales but would much rather be having a kitchen dance party.