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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Darker Angels (Book 2 of The Black Sun's Daughter) by M.L.N. Hanover

I loved Darker Angels. I can't wait for the next book, Vicious Grace, which apparently isn't due out until late summer or fall.

Darker Angels picks up two or three months after the end of Unclean Spirits. Jayné, Ex, Aubrey, and Chogyi Jake have been traveling to see what is stored at each of Jayné's recently inherited properties around the world. Let me put the blurb in here, then I'll talk about it more:

In the battle between good and evil, there's no such thing as a fair fight.

When Jayné Heller's uncle Eric died, she inherited a fortune beyond all her expectations -- and a dangerous mission in a world she never knew existed. Reining in demons and supernatural foes is a formidable task, but thankfully Jayné has vast resources and loyal allies to rely on. She'll need both to tackle a bodyswitching serial killer who's taken up residence in New Orleans, a city rich in voodoo lore and dark magic.

Working alongside Karen Black, a highly confident and enigmatic ex-FBI agent, Jayné races to track down the demon's next intended host. But the closer she gets, the more convinced she becomes that nothing in this beautiful, wounded city is exactly as it seems. When shocking secrets come to light, and jealousy and betrayal turn trusted friends into adversaries, Jayné will soon come face-to-face with an enemy that knows her all too well, and won't rest until it has destroyed everything she loves most....

So you can see from the blurb that they go to New Orleans. The author brilliantly weaves loa and riders together and creates a very engaging story with great worldbuilding. And I love the way this author writes, the way we can see and feel and smell what is going on. I love that the tension is interspersed with laugh-out-loud moments, and I genuinely like Jayné.

What else good can I say about the book? Pacing is great, dialogue kicks ass, storytelling is very well done... I'll cut myself short and say it's a great book and I'm giving it a 10 of 10. And since that's what I gave the first book too, then I guess the series gets a 10 of 10 while I'm at it.

Book Rating: Darker Angels: 10 of 10
Series Rating: Black Sun's Daughter: 10 of 10

1. Unclean Spirits
2. Darker Angels
3. Vicious Grace (summer or fall 2010)

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