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Unclean Spirits (The Black Sun's Daughter #1)

3.53 of 5 stars 3.53  ·  rating details  ·  3,951 ratings  ·  376 reviews
In a world where magic walks and demons ride, you can't always play by the rules.

Jayné Heller thinks of herself as a realist, until she discovers reality isn't quite what she thought it was. When her uncle Eric is murdered, Jayné travels to Denver to settle his estate, only to learn that it's all hers -- and vaster than she ever imagined. And along with properties across t

Mass Market Paperback, 373 pages
Published July 28th 2009 by Pocket Books (first published December 2nd 2008)
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I don't read a lot of Urban Fantasy, but when I do, I read the Dresden Files.

Now, I read The Black Sun's Daughter as well.

(After putting this up, I realized that Stephen has a much better and awesomer review on this same concept. I didn't copy his [promise], but do check his out, that's the way to do it)

Unclean Spirits is the first of M.L.N. Hanover's Black Sun's Daughter series. As you may or may not know, M.L.N. Hanover is the pseudonym of the author Daniel Abraham (Abraham talks about his ma
Oct 18, 2012 Nafiza marked it as hell-no  ·  review of another edition
"You aren't Jewish or Muslim or anything fucked up like that, are you?"

And the script the baddies seem to be covered in just happens to look like Arabic. Right.


The protagonist might not be but I am. What the fuck, man? I was actually liking the story.
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Jayné (Zha-nay) Heller is a twenty-two year old university drop-out, alienated from her upright, conservative family, and doesn't even know where she's going to sleep next month when she gets the call about her uncle, Eric. The black sheep of the family, he's dead and has left her everything: his numerous properties around the world, his vast fortune, his friends ... and his legacy. The fortune was hard enough for her to swallow, but when she learns that Eric was involved in a battle with evil w ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Didn't finish this one. It strikes me as just another attempt at the antihero, ain't I tough and nonconformist urban fantasy niche that is showing up now. I didn't care much about Jayne ( zha-nay not Jane) nor her adventures. Doesn't mean it won't suit you but I've got hundreds of books waiting to be read...and many that I'd rather read than this one. If it's your "cup-of-tea" as I've said before, enjoy. I'm old enough and have enough years behind me and few enough ahead that I don't make myself ...more
Unclean Spirits by M. L. N. Hanover, a pen name for one of my favorite authors Daniel Abraham, is the first in urban fantasy series the Black Sun's Daughter. While I didn't have any major trouble reading Unclean Spirits it is a far cry from other works by Abraham. It stands head and shoulders above other urban fantasy books I've read, and its excellent pacing and smooth prose makes Unclean Spirits a quick read.

Unclean Spirits opens with the troubled 22 year-old Jayné Heller arriving in Denver as
Jen (Red Hot Books)
Unclean Spirits puts a new twist on the standard urban fantasy fare. Yes, it's got vampires, lycans, and demons of a fashion, but the ideology is different. Here, otherworldly spirits can transcend out of their own world into ours and latch on a human. They become "riders" --taking over their host's body and wreaking havoc.

Jayné knows nothing about riders or magic. But when her Uncle Eric dies, she inherits his home and his money; his secret life is an unexpected part of the deal. Eric fought th
One of the many many UF series out there, this one a tad less romancey than usual, i suspect that MLN Hanover is a guy by the way he writes. Mmmm...what I liked: really good dialogue. I thought the setup was a bit hard to buy I can overlook that, I guess the thing that bugged me most is that i didn't buy the romance at all. On PAPER it's really interesting actually (no spoilers, but the romance takes nonstandard twists that i hadn't seen before) but i guess i felt the secondary characters were p ...more
I picked this book up at least a dozen times in the store and the reviews always made me put it down. i got it this week out of desperation, and i am so glad i did.

it was amazingly refreshing to see a heroine who does not say "oh hi there you are a *insert random monster here*? they exist? oh ok lets be BFF and/or have sex." Jayné needed proof about the things that go bump in the night before she killed things or set her life completely upside down chasing them. even then she hesitated.

even wh
Daniel Abraham under yet another pseudonym. Typical urban fantasy setup -- attractive and disaffected girl in her twenties inherits untold wealth when her estranged uncle dies, and also his supernatural fight with creepy demon thingies.

I always react a little . . . complicatedly to men writing female POV urban fantasy. And by "always" I mean here and for Tim Pratt, the only other example that springs to mind. These guys write books that actively respond to all the bitching I do about urban fanta
This was my first M.L.N Hanover book and I really enjoyed it!
I really took to her writing and the way she made her characters.
I don't want to give too many spoilers away, but here's a rough outline..In Unclean Spirits Eric Heller is in the start of the book and quickly dies and leaves his entire estate to his niece, Jayné Heller (her name is pronounced zha-nay, but it’s usually mispronounced as Jane). She's very close to her 23rd birthday, and although her uncles death is tragic she really had
I love it when you pick up a book with no expectations and are blown away by it. This book did that to me. It's a contemporary/urban fantasy set in Denver, and it's one of the best series intros I've read in a long time.

Jayne Heller inherited everything from her uncle, Eric Heller, when she was only 23. Along with money and property, she also chose to claim his life's work as a part of that inheritance - hunting down evil beings called riders that take over human bodies (vampires, weres, other
Beth F.
Jayne Heller, pronounced Zha-nay, is a college dropout and still recovering from her upbringing in a strict Christian family. She rebelled from her upbringing by attending a secular college and partaking in all the expected vices like drinking beer and sleeping with her boyfriend. But then the money ran out and she realized she couldn’t identify with her peers. While trying to figure out the next step, she found out her favorite uncle had been murdered and had left her everything: money, real es ...more
I wasn't too sure what to think about this book at first, but was interested enough to keep going, then all of a sudden it sucked me in and I had a hard time putting it down.

I liked Jayne, she seemed like a lost soul. Her comment about Eric dying couldn't have come at a better time made me really like her. I knew she wasn't trying to be mean, just that her life was in such a mess. Her finding out that Eric left everything to her was interesting and funny at times. Her way of dealing with things
The world in which Unclean Spirits exists offers a new twist on a well-worn genre. This world mixes science, paranormal, and religion, yet the author does not come across preachy or judgmental. This world simply is, and that is the main strength of this novel.
The downfall is in the partially developed characters. Jayné, the lead character, has an appealing first person voice that shows promise but lacks development because Jayné herself is not completely sure who she is. While that might be acc
Jayne's life turns upside down when her long lost uncle names her as the sole inheritor to his wealth, estates, and supernatural enemies.

The reason I loved this book as much as I did was because of the main character. Jayne was the perfect combination of smart, tough, and vulnerable. I also felt a strong kinship because her upbringing and subsequent life choices were so similar to my own (minus the rich uncle who hunted demons, lol). I loved Jayne's progression from deadbeat dropout to woman wit
Ghadeer A
2.5 stars
It was not impressive nor was it extremely boring . But I imagin the next book would be better.
The main characters were ok and I like the fact that Jayne had to grow up throughout the book it made her failure less annoying .
I am not sure I like the idea that all the riders are bad it seemed religious thinking more than rational to me and I also did not like it when the author says something like " and he said something vulgar " like she did not want to write a bad word other than fuck w
have I read too many novels of this sort? Am I just getting bored with them? I asked myself this several times & I don't think so. The writing just wasn't that good & the heroine wasn't very believable or well done. I wouldn't have minded if she or anyone else died.

The basic idea wasn't bad, a different take on the whole vampire/werewolf thing. Riders, spirits from another dimension, take over human bodies & make the bad guys. Her uncle fights them. She does now too. She suddenly ca
hmmm... I was really intrigued by the premise but the characters felt really flat. I was about half way through it when I put it down in favor of a new release that I had been dying to read. I feel like the book had a lot of potential just no character development and in the end I realized that I really didn't care what happened to any of them. I may resurrect it later depending on how the sequel is received.
K. Bird
Jayne Heller inherits her mysterious uncle's (she thought he was gay!, but no, he's just a demon hunter) riches and house, and finds out he was murdered.

By Randolph Coin, who, is a human being "ridden" by a demonic spirit.

She decides to get revenge for her Uncle's sake, and also because she is trying to figure out who she wants to be after the past few years of just slacking around a campus.

Along with the riches and house, she inherits her uncle's "posse."

Midian, a cursed and aged chef extraordi
Fangs for the Fantasy
When I finished reading Unclean Spirits, I found myself staring at the cursor on my computer screen, not sure about what to say about this series. I certainly am not overwhelmed by the story, but the book sorts of leaves you with a blank feeling.

It begins with Eric Alexander Heller, sitting in a dive bar attempting to hire a few low lives to do a job. He seems to have a sort of special sight that allows him to determine if someone is really human or, nosferatu or loupine. Apparently, these crea
This series arrived mysteriously—almost as mysteriously as the fortune that Jayné inherits from her Uncle Eric.

This is a very well constructed novel. While it falls under the heading of "genre fiction," it is well written, neither too expository or chatty. The male writer does a reasonably good job with the young heroine's voice; alrthough I disbelieved her ability to recognize the scent of oil and metal that indicates weapons. Perhaps the character's father was a hunter.

Hanover brings together
Jayne is the sole heir to her uncle's legacy. A legacy she knew nothing about. Just as much as she apparently knew about her uncle. In this book, she's thrown into a world of mystery and magic that she never knew existed. And probably wouldn't have believed had she not seen it.

First off....this book has some great character developement. They are genuinely likable. Jayne is a believable heroine. She's flawed and, at times, naive. She takes what she can get and works with it. And seems to care gr
Jayné Heller is feeling pretty alone in the world. She's estranged from her intolerant family. She has just dropped out of college, and her friends have moved on without her. The only dependable person left in her life is her black-sheep uncle Eric … and he's just been murdered.

When Jayné travels to Denver to settle Eric's accounts, she learns two things:
1. Eric was filthy rich and left it all to her.
2. He was killed by Randolph Coin, an evil magician.

Jayné is not so sure she believes in this m
Pauline Ross
I'm really not a big fan of urban fantasy. Discovering the author's created world is (for me) the most exciting part of fantasy, and starting in the real world takes a lot of the fun out of it. Besides, our own world but with magic, vampires, demons, werewolves and the like? It's so implausible that it only really comes off as comedy, like Harry Potter or Buffy. But I have this hypothesis that Daniel Abraham (as Mr Hanover is better known) can't write a bad book, so here I am, reading an urban f ...more
Good, evil, a kickass heroine, humor, a little bit of romance ... oh, and the vamps and werewolves here aren't the kind you'd like to snuggle up to even if they can be funny and decent for a little while.

Hanover has created an entirely different mythos for the vamps, werewolves, demons and other beasties found in his world.

There's killing, betrayal, huge evil to battle and more for a small band of misfits, some of who are not what they seem and are hiding secrets. Action filled and fast paced, b
Pas franchement convaincu par ce premier tome qui n'est pas vraiment passionnant ou haletant. OK, un premier tome sert généralement à poser les bases de l'univers et de la mythologie mais ça n'empêche pas de mettre en place une intrigue intéressante.
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"Your uncle was a very rich man," she said."He left all his assets specifically and exclusively to you. And you had no idea that was his intention?"

When Jayné (pronounced Zha-nay) Heller's uncle, Eric, died she thought the reason he'd fallen out with her overly religious family was that he was gay. Her father had called his brother "a pervert and an abominations before God." She'd just assumed he must be gay. In reality, the truth was something entirely different. Her uncle was not who she tho
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
Synopsis: When her uncle Eric is murdered, Jayné Heller travels to Denver to settle his estate, only to learn that it's all hers—and vaster than she ever imagined. And along with properties across the world and an inexhaustible fortune, Eric left her a legacy of a different kind: his unfinished business with a cabal of wizards known as the Invisible College.

Led by the ruthless Randolph Coin, the Invisible College harnesses demon spirits for their own ends of power and domination. Jayné finds it
What to say about this, it has a cool cover? Here's the thing, if the overall plot of a book is weak but there is a yummy romance then usually the romance aspect can sustain my interest in a series. Conversely, if the romance is not all that but the plot and world building are top notch then I'm along for the ride. The problem for me with this book is that it fell short both counts, plot and romance.

As for plot, nothing really happened in this book. It was a group of people basically
This was a very promising start to a series. A new and different way of looking at demons. Demons taking over a human shell and being known as riders.

Jayné Heller inherits houses, money and lots of supernatural problems when her Uncle Eric is murdered in Denver. None of which she knew about before coming to Denver to settle his estate.

Eric's lifestyle also comes with a motley crew of associates that used to work for Eric on an ad hoc basis. Aubrey, the scientist, Ex, a former Jesuit priest, Chog
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MLN Hanover is a pseudonym for fantasy writer Daniel Abraham when he’s writing urban fantasy set in something very like our world. In addition to The Black Sun’s Daughter series, MLN Hanover has published several short stories.
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The Black Sun's Daughter (5 books)
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