Genre: urban fantasy
Length: 303 pages
Setting: starts in Seattle and moves around the world, present day
Interest: It’s the second book in the Hunter Kiss series. The first book is The Iron Hunt and you can find my review here.
Summary: Maxine is setting down roots in Seattle when Father Cribari shows up at the homeless shelter she’s been staying at with Grant. Father Cribari has a history with Grant and he’s there to say Father Ross is asking from Grant’s unique help (he can change demons so they have no desire to do evil). Grant and Maxine know it’s a trap, but Grant refuses not to try to help. Turns out, and Avatar is trying to capture Grant because Grant is the only Lightbringer left in all the worlds. Grant can manipulate the souls of both humans and demons, which makes him extremely powerful. The Avatar also tries to take out Maxine, but between her “boys”, the finger armor that’s a key to the Labyrinth (which allows the wearer to navigate between worlds), and her grandfather (who is an Avatar trying to help humans), she’s able to get to Grant’s side and stop the Erlking’s machinations.
Final thoughts: I do enjoy this series. It reminds me of the Anita Blake series when it started. There are monsters that are initially seen as universally evil, but Maxine starts to see nuances as time goes on. The reader can also see the strong ties being developed between Maxine and her circle of friends. Grant, by far, is the most important of those friends, but she’s settling down, in defiance of all her mother taught her. I’m still waiting to see what happens with Byron, but everyone else got a nice storyline.
Title comes from: Maxine seems to have another soul inhabiting her body (whether demonic or something else, she’s not sure) that she calls on the get out of deadly situations. It’s symbolized by the darkness within her.
Reading challenges fulfilled: 55/100 in the Read-a-Latte Challenge