Author: M.L.N. Hanover
Source: Publisher Request
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 360 pgs
Release Date: September 29, 2009
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...
(We don't usually review urban fantasy here at Bitten but when given the chance to read the whole four book series at one time, WildAboutBones jumped at the chance.)
This is the second in the Black Sun's Daughter series and takes place about a year after Eric's death. This time the action moves to New Orleans and Voodoo's Loas are the riders du jour.
Hanover uses a lot of foreshadowing to ramp up the tension. There is a little more romance and a little heartbreak in this one as another attraction begins to show itself more clearly. There is non-stop action and Jayne' gets damn near beat to death several times but she's growing into her role.
Readers are introduced to Karen Black, an FBI agent who's been on the trail of a rider for quite some time. And yet she is not what she seems to be. I missed the character of Midian in this one.
Jayne' is having a rough time this go round. I must say I kinda like the heroine not having all the answers, not making all the right decisions and being vulnerable but at the same time can still bust some ass even if she gets seriously hurt at the same time.
I am still not sure as of the end of this book why the series has been named Black Sun's Daughter. There is only one reference to Soleil Noir which is Black Sun in french.
This was written to be able to stand by itself but I recommend reading this series in order.
I do like this series and am looking forward to reading the third in the series.