Author: M.L.N. Hanover
Source: Publisher Request
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback, 357 pages
Release Date: December 2nd 2008
In a world where magic walks and demons ride, you can't always play by the rules.
Jayné Heller thinks of herself as a realist, until she discovers reality isn't quite what she thought it was. When her uncle Eric is murdered, Jayné travels to Denver to settle his estate, only to learn that it's all hers -- and vaster than she ever imagined. And along with properties across the world and an inexhaustible fortune, Eric left her a legacy of a different kind: his unfinished business with a cabal of wizards known as the Invisible College.
Led by the ruthless Randolph Coin, the Invisible College harnesses demon spirits for their own ends of power and domination. Jayné finds it difficult to believe magic and demons can even exist, let alone be responsible for the death of her uncle. But Coin sees Eric's heir as a threat to be eliminated by any means -- magical or mundane -- so Jayné had better start believing in something to save her own life.
Aided in her mission by a group of unlikely companions -- Aubrey, Eric's devastatingly attractive assistant; Ex, a former Jesuit with a lethal agenda; Midian, a two-hundred-year-old man who claims to be under a curse from Randolph Coin himself; and Chogyi Jake, a self-styled Buddhist with mystical abilities -- Jayné finds that her new reality is not only unexpected, but often unexplainable. And if she hopes to survive, she'll have to learn the new rules fast -- or break them completely....
(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.)
Good, evil, a kickass heroine, humor, a little bit of romance ... oh, and the vamps and werewolves here aren't the kind you'd like to snuggle up to even if they can be funny and decent for a little while.
Hanover has created an entirely different mythos for the vamps, werewolves, demons and other beasties found in his world.
There's killing, betrayal, huge evil to battle and more for a small band of misfits, some of who are not what they seem and are hiding secrets. Action filled and fast paced, before you know it, you're immersed in Hanover's world and you're halfway through the book. The next time you look up, you've reached the end.
Eric Heller was killed just as the plan was coming together. His twenty-three year old niece, Jayne' Heller is stunned to learn her favorite uncle has left everything to her -- and there is a lot. It seems he was very, very wealthy.
When she decides to check out one of his properties and finds a corpse lying on the bed, she nearly faints. When it opens its eyes and says, "You aren't Eric.", she screams, understandably, but manages to keep it together and have a conversation with it. Turns out the corpse's name is Midian and he was born "the year of our Lord seventeen hundred and eighty motherfucking nine."
For a gal with trust issues, all the secrets are like a one-two punch and the hurts just keep on coming. But then again, she has a power she wasn't aware of coming on line she's not versed in how to use.
After reading this book, I don't understand why the series is named the Black Sun's Daughter yet. There is a single reference to a Black Sun but that's it. This is not a criticism, just an observation.
A great urban fantasy read. Looking forward to reading the sequel. Broaden your horizons, paranormal fans, and come over to the dark side for a little while and hang out with the bad boys.