21 November 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Death’s Hand (The Descent Series) by SM Reine

The author sent me this book about a year ago and while scrolling through trying to find something, the cover caught my eye. GREAT cover art, which in my opinion is half the battle. This was my first read by this author.

ANYWAY… the storyline is actually very interesting. Enough so that I kind of want to know where the author takes the Elise/James storyline and what we don’t yet know about them. I also like that she had a definite ending to the book. I felt like I read a complete book. There was no huge cliffhanger that left me rolling my eyes. I absolutely hate when authors do that because it means I just “wasted” all that time and got no resolution. Reine does a great job of not leaving us hanging.

The writing is excellent, but feels like it needed a little more of an edit. I think she tries to hard to keep the action going and the story suffers – we lose a little bit of the story in all the blood and fighting. It could have used just a tiny bit more of the “why” and “what the heck is going on” because sometimes the characters will do something and you’re left scratching your head a bit.

Of course, the other side of that is that we’re never really bored because there’s always something going on and the story just barrels forward with and insane speed that you don’t even realize you’ve read 3/4 of it and it’s 2am. Not that I did that or anything. 😉

I really feel like the author does a great job fleshing out Elise’s character, we learn a little about her past, but more about her present. We don’t really learn enough for me feel like I KNOW her yet, but there was enough there I actually cared about her and want to see where she goes. James was another story, I am hoping that in future volumes of this series, we’re able to see more about him because I was left kind of not really caring about him.

Overall, recommended for urban fantasy fans for sure. The series itself seems to get rave reviews, so I’m anxious to read the next one to find out where she takes us. Note: It does have a fair amount of violence, so if you’re sensitive, well… why the heck are you reading urban fantasy anyway? *laughing*

Elise Kavanagh doesn’t want to hunt demons anymore. It’s been five years since she killed her last enemy, and life has been pretty good since then. She went to college. Got a job, and then lost it. Made a friend or two. Lived a normal life.

Now her former partner, a powerful witch named James Faulkner, wants Elise to fight one more time. The daughter of a coven member has been possessed, and Elise is the only exorcist nearby.

Doing the hero thing again would mean risking discovery by old enemies. But digging into the case reveals that it might already be too late–bodies are disappearing, demons slither through the night, and the cogs of apocalypse are beginning to turn. Some enemies aren’t willing to let the secrets of the past stay dead…

Find the entire series here: smarturl.it/descentseries

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Book count for 2012: 30

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