Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Review Killing Rites by M.L.N. Hanover

Title: Killing Rites (The Black Sun's Daughter #4)
Author: M.L.N. Hanover
Source: Publisher Request
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 367 pgs
Release Date: November 29, 2011

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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.

Ex’s history and a new enemy combine to leave Jayné alone and on the run. Her friends, thinking that the rider with her has taken the reins, try to hunt her down, unaware of the danger they’re putting her in. Jayné must defeat the weight of the past and the murderous intent of another rider, and her only allies are a rogue vampire she once helped free and the nameless thing hiding inside her skin.

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My Review:

(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.)

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

This is the fourth in the Black Sun's Daughter series. It is about two months after the end of the previous book in the series. The last line of the previous book was a real kicker. And chapter one here begins with a kicking paragraph. Chogyi Jack is off recuperating from the Chicago job and Aubrey is still in Chicago as well so it is just Jayne' and Ex here in the beginning.

Yea! Midian, from the first book, makes an appearance here. I've missed him. He is such a good character.

Ex's feelings are laid bare for Jayne' in this story as he tries to do what he thinks is right - trying to get the rider out of Jayne'. And while he's preoccupied with this, he can't see the danger, the evil, in the midst of his former mentor's 'house'. Jayne's been putting off Chogyi Jack's return to them but she has to 'bite the bullet' and get him out to help her convince Ex and the other priests she and her rider are not the problem, there is evil lurking in their midst it and it has been propagating for a long time.

We finally find out why the series is named the Black Sun's Daughter. After the third book I had a very small suspicion but wasn't sure. I was right. This series has such an interesting plot line.

There are still some unanswered questions for the gang and I look forward to finding out what happens in the future.

You'll be doing yourself a disservice if you read this before reading the other books in the series. You will not enjoy the book as much nor will you really understand everything going on if you haven't read the others first. I highly recommend reading this series in order.

A good urban fantasy read. I do like this series very much (just needs a bit more sex to be fantastic) and am looking forward to reading the upcoming fifth book in the series due out in May 2013.


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