5 out of 5 stars.
I would like to PENGUIN GROUP Berkley, NAL / Signet Romance, DAW for providing me with an ARC of this book via Netgalley for an open and honest review.
Move over Kim Harrison’s Hollows series, there’s a new red head in town and a new look on the paranormal scene!
Set in – what I believe is – modern day New Orleans this is a wonderfully well written urban fantasy/ supernatural book ready to entertain lovers of these genres. I’m not wrong in saying Ms Harrison has some competition for this parallel world to our own.
I also liked how it brought closer to home what living in a war zone is possibly like. I got the feeling the rest of the world was happily mostly going about its business while New Orleans barely survived within the zone – just like so many places within our big wide world right now that are rarely thought of. I don’t know if this was intentional or not… but I hope it was, as I find it rather thought provoking and touching at the same time. Maybe I just read more into it than there was meant to be?
So, yes, set in New Orleans where it has been turned into a war zone by the Veil being broken and creatures from the Beyond coming through. For more of a blurb, check out the book.
Loved this book. Yes it had the typical typos and grammatical errors an ARC can have, but I never hold that against an ARC as they’re usually sent out before the final edit is done and so can live with this minor issue.
It was fast paced, smooth flowing and rather addictive. Definitely got my ‘One more chapter’ mantra going night and day. I do admit to having to look up New Orleans a bit as I got into the story, but that wasn’t a big deal either. I’m Australian, and not one lucky enough to have visited the place in person, so needed to visualise it a bit before adding the war torn look, a couple of wraiths and the Devil’s Isle. After that it was smooth sailing and a highly enjoyable read.
Would I recommend this book to others? Absolutely! I already have done while still reading it. Many of my friends – who enjoy series like the Hollows – will enjoy this book and so I’ve already been nudging them towards grabbing a copy for a look.
Would I buy this book for myself? Yes! And the rest of the series too, judging by the quality of this first book. This series would take pride of place in my virtual bookshelves, and I’d ever stretch so far as including them in my ever decreasing space of my physical bookshelves too.
Fans of urban fantasy, the supernatural, the paranormal or a sassy self-reliant red head… you will enjoy this book. Go buy it, read it and thank me later.
Until next time,