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Killing Rites

(The Black Sun's Daughter #4)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  1,680 ratings  ·  117 reviews
Jayné Heller has discovered the source of her uncanny powers: something else is living inside her body. She's possessed. Of all her companions, she can only bring herself to confide in Ex, the former priest. They seek help from his old teacher and the circle of friends he left behind, hoping to cleanse Jayné before the parasite in her becomes too powerful.

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Paperback, 1st, 367 pages
Published November 29th 2011 by Pocket Books
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Aug 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
3.5 stars that I am rounding up. The story really move forward with this book, and I enjoyed the return of a great character and the setting. I just wish it had been edited more thoroughly.
Jen Davis
Nov 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Well, we finally know for sure who the Black Sun's Daughter is --and Jayné has some really tough decisions to make. Now that she realizes she is carrying a rider within her, her first impulse is to get it out. But things are much more complicated than a simple possession. This entity has saved her bacon over and over again. Jayné must struggle with the true nature of the spirit and she questions the right course to take.

Ex is a big force in this story. Aubrey and Kim have been phased out. Chogyi
Nov 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I've read the first four books in the past couple of weeks, and I thought instead of reviewing each book separately, I'd review them all together. It really is just one long story, complete with cliffhangers at the end of each book. Normally I like my books to be a little more standalone, but since I had the first four in front of me, it was easy to read one right after another. But now I have to wait for the next book, and the waiting will be hard.

Jayné is a great lead character. She's smart
Aug 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Answers we finally have answers. If you are anything like me you have been dying right along with Jayné from book one trying to figure out who and what she really is. The time has finally come that we have answers. KILLING RITES starts off a little bit after the events of VICIOUS GRACE. Jayné is beating herself up for the role she played in Chicago and is determined to find out who she really is and what exactly is sharing her body.

Ex ends up bringing Jayné to some old colleagues and things
Jun 01, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Still loving this series. These books have really long situations that lead to the climax. I'm edge-of-my-seat for at least the last 20% of every book. This one was slower for me during the first half and then I couldn't bear to put it down later on. And OMG! There was an Akkadian wind demon in this! Akkadian! That part was seriously cool. I did not like Chapin though, and I don't like Ex, so I'm not crazy about the possibility of a relationship between him and Jayne. And now I feel like I'm ...more
Apr 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I still got really enthusiastic about the Akkadian Wind Demon! I enjoyed this one more the second time around.
Nov 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"Spells are magic," I said, "And Magic fades. You told me that. Magic fades, and I'm getting stronger."
"All right," Ex said.
There should have been a flash of lightning, a crack of thunder. The rain just kept dripping. The TV show went to commercial. I felt Ex's gaze on me like I was a puzzle he couldn't quite fathom. I took a deep breath, sighing it out slowly. When I spoke my voice sounded weirdly calm and matter-of-fact. You know. All things considered.
"I think I have a rider."
*Rating* 3.5
*Genre* Urban Fantasy


At the end of Vicious Grace, Jayné discovered or felt that she may have a rider that keeps her from harm and is actually making her stronger rather than fading away like magic normally does.

In Killing Rites, the fourth novel in the Black Sun’s Daughter series by MLN Hanover, Jayné discovers that yes; she does in fact have a rider attached to her and needs to understand when or how it happened to her. Thanks to her Uncle Eric who has now been dead for 18
Pauline Ross
Jan 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The fourth in the Black Sun's Daughter series, written under a pseudonym by Daniel Abraham, and at last things are coming to the boil. Jayne has finally stopped shopping and randomly cataloguing dear Uncle Eric's many houses, and started to think more carefully, both about herself and what she's doing, but also about the people who surround her. People who give her (mostly) unconditional love and support, but are also individuals with their own hopes and dreams and murky past histories. And ...more
Nov 08, 2011 rated it liked it

This is a darker, grittier series than I normally would go for, but I really got into it. Jayné realized that she’s been winning fights that she shouldn’t have been the victor in. Her demon hunting skills are way off the charts. This can’t be normal, right?

She is pretty certain she has a “rider” in her body (she’s possessed by a demon). But a lot of this book is internal. She isn’t able to have the rider exorcised from her body, at least not immediately,
Ben Truong
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Killing Rites is the fourth and penultimate book in The Black Sun's Daughter series written by M.L.N. Hanover and centered on Jayné Heller, a young college student who inherits a string of houses across the world, several bank accounts, and a very unconventional business from her murdered uncle.

Ever since Jayné Heller learned that her rich uncle was involved with the occult, she has wielded strange powers and won many fights she shouldn't have, which leads her to believe that she’s possessed by
May 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Over a year ago when Jayné Heller's uncle died, he left her as his heir. Little did she know at the time that she'd be inheriting the equivalent of a small nation in money and property. Then she spent the next year learning what Uncle Eric really did for a living: he hunted riders, the demons or malevolent spirits that take over human bodies and minds. As a result, not only does she take over his fortune, she takes over his job. She has no idea what she's really getting into.

After three
May 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Full review can be found here.

In the previous books in the series, the prologue has served to introduce the concept of whatever form the big bad will take in that book. In Killing Rites, I immediately recognised Midian. I was so happy to see him back again as none of the new characters introduced since his departure has managed to fill his shoes. Unfortunately, the synopsis is misleading and he doesn’t really figure in the story quite so much as I’d been hoping for. He does appear, though, and
All Things Urban Fantasy
Dealing with unknown powers and conflicting agendas is the bread and butter of the Urban Fantasy genre, and Jayné Heller is a master among masters. Heir to dual a legacy of magic and fantastic wealth, I have enjoyed watching Jayné with all of the changes in her life, both magical and mundane. Almost all of her financial and worldly needs can be met through a simple phone call to the “ask no questions, anything you need” attorney that Jayné inherited along with her uncle’s money, but when it ...more
Alexia Chantel
Dec 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
“...When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. “ Romans 7:21

Jayné is a person who has been working for the greater good, but hidden deep inside her is evil. As with so many things, evil is in the eye of the beholder. For Jayné and Ex their definitions are not the same.

The fourth book of The Black Sun’s Daughter is a great fast paced read that will have you feeling a little like your watching The Exorcism of Emily Rose or any other exorcist movie. But unlike any of those movies Hanover
Nov 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Jayne is possessed with a demon. Her and Ex are in search of some priests to help perform an exorcism on Jayne. While, Jayne does not want the demon or likes the thought of if the demon was to completely take over, Jayne does have some mixed feelings about the exorcism. Jayne’s friends want to help but she pushes them away for their safety.

To fully appreciate this series, you really need to read these books in chorological order starting with book one, Unclean Spirits. There is not a lot of
Sep 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
Maybe it's because I liked the third book in the series so much or because I had built my expectations up so much for this one or because I had some bad guacamole that night, but I felt the fourth Black Sun's Daughter book was a bit disappointing. It's still worth reading but I found it so far to be the weakest of the series. Paradoxically, I think this was mostly due to the fact that most of the novel focused so much directly on the protagonist herself. Much of the fun of previous books in the ...more
Eliza Brand
Jun 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With each new book, I like this series more and more. Jayne Heller is reeling from the events of the last book. She knows she has a Rider and in an attempt to ease her conscience, she is looking for an exorcist. Ex brings her to the priests he used to work with before he turned away from the priesthood. This is an exciting emotional roller coaster of a book. Things I had guessed at during the first book turn out to be true. We still don't know the whole story, but we get another piece of the ...more
Annette  Dahl "Old Vicarious Reader"
I skipped books 2-4 because I thought book 5 would give the details of The Black Sun. No such luck. Hopefully, the details will be in book 5.
Dark Faerie Tales
Apr 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Our heroine discovers the differences between good and evil, and all the grey areas in between the two. This book has lots of theological and philosophical debates followed by good ole-fashion demon fighting.

Opening Sentence: “So Miss Jayné,” Father Chapin said, pronouncing my name correctly: Zha-nay.

The Review:

When I started this series, I had no clue why it was called the Black Sun’s Daughter. After the three prior books, this is the one
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Janye is starting to get on my nerves. Now all of a sudden she's interested in Ex? If she don't leave that man alone before she breaks his heart and ends up losing what few friends she has left smh. I feel like her character has shown little to no growth in the maturity department.

I liked Janye a lot better once she got away from Ex and really started thinking things through better. The ending really got me excited. why did we have to wait 4 books for this?

I will say that
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
It dragged a little bit for me in the beginning but the second half of the book was great.
Teresa Crumpton
Dec 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Killing Rites is book four in Hanover’s Black Sun’s Daughters series. I do love this series and I’m glad that it seems that it won’t come to an end. I can’t wait until next November to see if there will be a new book and to find out what Jayné Heller and her friends do next.

In every Black Sun’s Daughter book we see Jayné and the crew in a different city, in book one Unclean Spirits they are in Denver, book two Darker Angels has them in New Orleans, and book three Vicious Grace takes them to
Nov 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Jayné is seriously on her own this time. With Chyogi Jake out of commission and Aubrey in Chicago with Kim that leaves only Ex. With the realization of what is behind Jaynés supernatural powers, Ex takes her to the only people who may be able to help. His mentor and his band of exorcist priests.
When her friends think she has been taken over they intensify the search to track her down. Doing so may lead the one thing directly to her doorstep that she has been trying to avoid more then herself. A
Hazel *Craves the Angst Reviews*
Killing Rites is the fourth book in the Black Sun's Daughter series by M.L.N. Hanover. I wish I could give half stars as well as whole ones because this would easily be a 4.5 star. I really enjoyed this book. I read it in one day, in one sitting, because I just couldn't put it down. This series started out a little slow, but had quickly picked up speed with books two and three, to be set on fire with book four!

This story picks up two months after Vicious Grace (book 3), in which Jayné Heller has
Dec 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
If you are a fairly constant reader of my reviews you know that Vicious Grace, the previous book in this series, was fairly hit or miss for me. I ended my last review hoping for something new to come in and sweep me off my feet in the next installment. Well my friends, I got my wish. Hanover didn't just sweep me off my feet in Killing Rites, he full body carried me into the story and I went willingly.

What do I say about Jayné that I haven't said yet? She's a mix of a lost youthful woman and a
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
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I love this series. I mean, I really, really love it. Killing Rites is the fourth book in the Black Sun’s Daughter series by M.L.N. Hanover, and if you haven’t read the first three, you may find yourself a bit lost with this one, only because quite a few of the demon terms will not be familiar, and Jayne’s journey up to this point is very important to the events of this book. After the events in Vicious Grace left one of
Compared to Book 1, 2, and 3, I actually liked this one a bit more.

It's mostly because, although the plot still started with Jayné not thinking, being stupid or fucking up, she actually stood up and did something more.

A cautious note is that this book revolves around priests and God. I personally don't like this area much but not the worst thing in this series.

The thing with me is that Riders are spirits which are just like ghosts, in a way. Ghost possess people, or so they say. You can say
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I've burnt out on several Young Adult titles in the last two weeks only to come to one, agonizing truth - I am not in the mood for YA right now. This is obvious by the fact that I picked up Killing Rites by M.L.N. Hanover and finished it in two days time. Hopefully this trend will stick for a few books... I've given up on too many recently, and the damn pile looms.

However, Killing Rites was pretty fabulous. Not perfect, but entertaining and smart.

* Spoilers for those who have not read book
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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.

Other books in the series

The Black Sun's Daughter (5 books)
  • Unclean Spirits (The Black Sun's Daughter, #1)
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