I liked this book tremendously. It's set in the same world in which the author's Maker's Song series is set, and the focus of this story is the hoodooI liked this book tremendously. It's set in the same world in which the author's Maker's Song series is set, and the focus of this story is the hoodoo practitioners and motorcycle riding gypsy types called nomads. The setting is at a magical practitioner's Carnival, and someone is killed. Our protagonist, Kallie Riviere, is a hoodoo, a magical practitioner from a tradition developed from sancretization of catholicism and african religious elements. Someone has set a spell to kill Kallie...but it accidentally kills the man in her bed instead and destroys his soul. Whoever it is has a big grudge on, and Kallie is forced to prove her innocence while struggling to figure out what is going on and staying alive. She, a handsome nomad, a dead man, and other friends have a wild ride in New Orleans solving the mystery. Zombie dust, voodoo dolls and a strong creole flavor color this world and the action.
I enjoyed this immensely. I know something about the hoodoo/voodoo/African-based religions and found this book was really dead on in its interpretations of the practitioners' attitudes and many of their beliefs. Not being an expert, I cannot state definitively that it's 100% accurate, but it's comes across as very well researched and brings something little seen (and frequently badly done vis 70s horror where everything non-Christian is satanic) to the urban fantasy milieu. Well done!
I loved the 3rd installment of the Downside trilogy! I think the second book, Unholy Magic, is the best of the three, however. In this third installmeI loved the 3rd installment of the Downside trilogy! I think the second book, Unholy Magic, is the best of the three, however. In this third installment, we open with a disaster, and the plot thickens from there. I won't spoil anything by discussing the plot elements here, but I have to say that Stacia Kane is masterful at juggling myriad plot elements and interweaving threads of apparently unrelated things to form a series of plot lines that sometimes share many elements and sometimes form red herrings. The mystery is complex but not heavy handed in execution; and the "Oh, of course!" response is always there if you haven't yet figured out what's going on. Good stuff.
One small complaint, however, is that this book lacked the emotional stakes of books one and two. It's good, but Chess' emotional life isn't hanging in the balance as precariously as in book 2, when her addictions are threatened to be revealed. On the other hand, the emotional progress is there, as well.
I like how the drug addiction of the main character always provides some small benefit to Chess, even though it's screwing up her life. Nicely ironic. ...more
I like the alternate Earth of this paranormal romance. Here, there are angels, vampires and humans all sharing the world. Angels rule, although they lI like the alternate Earth of this paranormal romance. Here, there are angels, vampires and humans all sharing the world. Angels rule, although they let humans pretend they make their own choices. Vampires serve angels, as angels Make them via some mysterious process. And humanity is left to struggle along as best it can with mercurial and possessive angels.
Humans hunt the rogue vampires for the angels, and our heroine is one of them. She is, in fact, a born vampire hunter, able to scent vampires and track them far better than anyone else. The problem begins when the most infamous archiangel on the planet, Raphael, hires her to track another archangel...and you can't say no to an archangel.
Caught between a scary angel and a crazy one, she has to survive them both if she's going to win her life and collect the fee for her services. The biggest problem, though, is that Raphael is very attractive, and he wants her, too.
Paranormal romance with a really good world and excellent, exciting story.