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Hell: The Afterlife Series II

(The Afterlife Series #2)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  696 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Kate and Daniel are reunited, but they have to return to their duties in traveling the afterlife. There are stolen souls suffering without cause in Hell, and only they can help. Kate is back in her corporeal body, but keeping memories of her time as pure soul energy, recently touched by the divine. Daniel carries the magic of an old god and the sword of a death goddess, as ...more
Published June 3rd 2011 by Smashwords Edition (first published 2007)
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Oct 05, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who've already read Heaven
Mur Lafferty gives no quarter here – there is no backstory, no exposition, no previously on. The unwary reader will find themselves dropped straight into the action, continuing immediately from the events of Heaven . Kate and Daniel are still travellers in the afterlife, still hunting for God's lost souls, and still skirting around that whole uncomfortable relationship thing. This time however, rather than searching through the myriad of heavens they need to travel down to the hells (none of th ...more
B.  Barron
Aug 03, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Fewer surprises that the previous book, and the bemused protagonist constantly saying "What the Hell" is beginning to annoy me. The mythological errors are increasing (Anubis does NOT consume the souls of the evil, Ammit does that. Anubis weighs the souls and Thoth RECORDS the results. Inner Mythology Geek is annoyed.)
The ending was a bit predictable.
That said I am giving it a 3 star rating. The authors voice is pleasant and the story fun enough to forgive the mounting flaws - but just barely.
Jun 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't love the book, nor the never-ending journey through the various Hells and interactions with gods. I really did like, however, the guest appearance of the John Michael Smith clones from the JC Hutchins 7th Son Trilogy.
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: podcasts, reviewed
Picking up where Heaven left off, Kate and Daniel explore underworlds from various different mythologies. I liked that the clones from 7th Son make a cameo and also that cat hell and dog heaven are connected, because, of course they would be.
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Jen Fabico
Book number 26 to my 2012 Reading Challenge is Hell by Mur Lafferty. Hell is the second installment of the The Afterlife Series, which consists of five parts. This series cannot be found in physical format; however, it can be downloaded as a podiobook.

In Hell Kate and Daniel are reunited to continue their adventure in search of missing souls. With help from the divine, Kate and Daniel find themselves travelling to hell, encountering several souls --some unknown, others from ancient history, and
Dec 21, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novella starts poorly – or, more accurately, starts at the end of its predecessor, which is a somewhat damp squib. (view spoiler) ...more
Melissa Hayden
I felt the weight of something bigger, heavier, coming. It came. I was happy and teared up. A bit bitter sweet. Loved it! Now on to the next.

Kate and Daniel, pick up their next journey with their ventures through Hell. They are now needed to save the souls that are missing from Heaven, and release those that shouldn't be in Hell. Along the way, they find things are in chaos, and they might be able to help restore some order to order of things. With the help of his guide and be
Damian Patterson
Since signing up for Goodread’s 2016 reading challenge I've been going through books like a junkie octopus who would slams dope in all of his arms. An much like said fiending Cephalopod,
Ive been getting desperate for my fixes.

While slumming around last week on Nook Books app for free books I found Mur Lafferty's Heaven which was good enough for me to roll my dimes together to buy the rest of the Afterlife series. This week I had the joy of reading The second book Hell.

Hell picks up where Heav
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Lianne Burwell
Mar 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, fantasy
For various reasons, it took a while after reading Heaven before I got to Hell, but I'm glad I did, even though I had to go back and skim through Heaven to remind myself of some of the plot elements.

Kate and Daniel are dead. And through their experiences as Travellers in the afterlife, they have led to the end of the world. Daniel wants to find his sister, who died as a child, and God has told him that souls have gone missing, so he and Kate are hunting through the Hell worlds to find those soul
Apr 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the "Afterlife Series" by Mur Lafferty. The two main characters were given a "mission from god" and were sent to hell to retrieve lost souls as the world was ending.

Just like in 'Heaven', they find that hell is made up of many different belief systems, each with their own idea of the afterlife and where people go when they are not deserving. The stakes are even higher this time around as the characters get into some serious scrapes with various people from the underwor
Jun 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent story of two souls exploring the afterlife looking for greater meaning after death. Kate and Daniel are very real characters with interesting motivations and honest flaws. The setting is interesting and compelling. The only real complaints I have about the book is 1) it is too short, there are lots of afterlives they could have explored, and 2) printing errors in my copy kept kicking me out of the story to try and figure out what the author meant to write. I hate to hold this agains ...more
Jan 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
In which Kate and Daniel go to Hell, on a mission from God.

Along the way, they visit the underworlds of several different religious systems, come to terms with where they've come so far, and learn more about the true nature of the mission that YHWH charged them with in the first book.

You really don't want to read this until you've read Heaven, the first book in the series, but I'd say this one was a more enjoyable read. It seemed a lot more focused, and Lafferty finishes it off with the most int
Dec 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Probably mostfun in it's original serial format as a podcast. Surprisingly insightful and sweet portrait of the male protagonist without falling into the sappy trap and without diminishing the female protagonist. Well paced and Ms Lafferty does a great job of dribbling just enough character development to keep your heart engaged balanced by just the right amount of action and plot twist to keep your brain engaged. Love how she integrates the various traditions, and faiths into a world where her
Mar 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The second installment of Mur Lafferty's Heaven series is definitely worth the listen, and is thoroughly entertaining (albeit, not quite as good as Heaven: Season 1)

My only gripe is that they lingered a lot in the Christian Hell, and didn't really explore other religions' versions like they did in Season 1.

That said, I would still highly recommend this season to anybody that is a fan of religion-based and/or historical fiction.
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Anna Heidick
Really unique story and cool, growing characters, the series so far is interesting. In this book there's also a special cameo of characters from one of the probably more well known audio book series. I won't spoil who they are, I myself got spoiled before I even started listening to the book, so I wouldn't want anyone else too either. Anyway the plot is interesting and makes leading up to the next books seem like they'll be going off good. Out of the first three book I like this one best.
Sep 24, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I can't really review this book in isolation. I liked this one more than Heaven, it felt less like running down a hallway peaking in random rooms and more like a story with depth, and you get more of a sense of where the series is heading. The characters also felt more complex, but perhaps that was just because I've now spent two novellas with them? Now on to Earth....
Nov 27, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5-ish. I really laughed at the 7th Son reference, since that series is still so fresh in my mind. It's a weave of different afterlife mythologies, and Daniel and Kate on top of that. The writing is good, but not gripping in that extra special way, which is probably more personal taste than anything else. I will definitely listen to the rest of the series, but for now I'm taking a little break.
Unfortunately, from my point of view, the author continues the mythological theme, which was rather boring, in comparison with the first book. The action is too slow paced for my liking, so I'll be taking a break from this series since it is no longer something that I find worthwhile.
Lady Ozma
Jan 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With the end of days coming to the various Heavens, our heroes find themselves tasked to head to Hell and find some missing souls. What will happen as they travel through the various Hells? Listen and find out.
Simon C
An awful lot going and again found this rather hit and miss but some interesting ideas and nice characterisations along the way.
Narrated by the author, I like her narrative which I've heard many times on Escape Pod.
May 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z2012, fiction, kindle
The story started coming together a bit more in this book, looking forward to the next in the series.
Mikey Brooks
Apr 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the second book more than the first. I think because I knew what was going on. Very imaginative and classic Mur.
Feb 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute. The adventure continues. Destiny is revealed. Awesome.
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Mur Lafferty is the author of Solo: A Star Wars Story and the Hugo and Nebula nominated novel Six Wakes, The Shambling Guides series, and several self pubbed novels and novellas, including the award winning Afterlife series. She is the host of the Hugo-winning podcast Ditch Diggers, and the long-running I Should Be Writing. She is the recipient of the John Campbell Award for best new writer, the M ...more

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The Afterlife Series (6 books)
  • Heaven
  • Earth
  • Wasteland
  • War
  • Stones (The Afterlife Series Book 6)
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