Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Review Vicious Grace by M.L.N. Hanover

Title: Vicious Grace (The Black Sun's Daughter #3)
Author: M.L.N. Hanover
Source: Publisher Request
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 367 pgs
Release Date: November 30, 2010

Vicious Grace Book Cover

In the battle between good and evil, there's no such thing as a fair fight.

When you’re staring evil in the eye, don’t forget to watch your back . . .

For the first time in forever, Jayné Heller’s life is making sense. Even if she routinely risks her life to destroy demonic parasites that prey on mortals, she now has friends, colleagues, a trusted lover, and newfound confidence in the mission she inherited from her wealthy, mysterious uncle. Her next job might just rob her of all of them. At Grace Memorial Hospital in Chicago, something is stirring. Patients are going AWOL and research subjects share the same sinister dreams. Half a century ago, something was buried under Grace in a terrible ritual, and it’s straining to be free. Jayné is primed to take on whatever’s about to be let loose. Yet the greatest danger now may not be the huge, unseen force lurking below, but the evil that has been hiding in plain sight all along—taking her ever closer to losing her body, her mind, and her soul. . . .

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Rating:

Sexual:

a pack howl

Flirty

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 third in the Black Sun's Daughter series. Jayne' and the gang have recovered from the New Orleans fights and it is about six months after the end of the previous book in the series. The setting is Chicago this time and a dream/visual residue study uncovers something strange going on at Chicago's Grace Memorial Hospital. There are some freaky hive-like mentality manifestations popping up.

It features a hospital built like Hell House (i.e. unending construction) and a configuration like the glass house in the 2001 movie Thir13en Ghosts staring Tony Shalhoub. Jayne' meets up with a particularly nasty rider who tells her he recognizes her, that she was once his slave and will be again. Say what?

Hanover nails the twenty-four year old female character -- impressive for a male writer. Well done.

Jayne' and Aubrey's relationship seems to have moved into the comfy stage with the sharing a room and a few "love you"s in the beginning of the book. Then enters Aubrey's sort of ex-wife who is the one who brings the Chicago study to the gang's attention.

After this Chicago job, revelations rock the team and it will never be the same again.

I love, love, love the references to the stud finder - really funny. Also a great reference to David Carradine and "grasshopper" from the 70s Kung Fu TV series.

This was written to be able to stand by itself but I highly recommend reading this series in order. The series is all first person from Jayne' point of view so Jack, Ex and Aubry's characters aren't all that developed. The Midian character in the first book seemed much more fully developed.

The last line of the book is a real kicker. I can't say I didn't expect it because I suspected. But I still don't understand why the series is named the Black Sun's Daughter yet. I have a very small suspicion but am not sure. There is mention of the Nazis binding the Black Sun but that's it. How very interesting to be through three books in the series and not be sure...

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 fourth in the series.

Broaden your horizons, paranormal fans, and come over to the dark side for a little while and hang out with the bad boys.


WildAboutBones

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