This novel is a clear series-opener for a supernatural, urban fantasy. Apocalyptic, young adult is common enough as a sub-genre, as is monster-hunter, but this stands as both nicely. Comparisons will be aptly made to the Supernatural television series based on 2 brothers fighting monsters that eventually builds to a full-out war between heaven and hell with angels and demons taking sides and even turning on their own. This new series follows a different plot but sees 2 sisters in similar circumstances.
Connie [Constance] and Dro [Andromeda] are sisters-by-circumstance [Dro was found abandoned at a young age and raised as Connie’s sister], though Dro’s parentage has always been an open mystery. Her parentage also serves as the plot to this book culminating in the very dramatic, high-stakes climax right at the end of this book. Under any normal circumstances, it would be a major spoiler considering it hinges the plot and is not revealed until the final 5% of the book. However, in this case the title takes all steam out of the mystery and accompanying angst.
The tale itself is good. The characters are interesting once you are talking about the larger team of heroes that accompany the always helpless Dro and the overly angsty Connie: Manny and Max are a fantastic father-son duo that deal in demon exorcism and psychic prognostication, John Warrick is a studly seasoned demon-hunter, and good-cop-bad-cop angel pair Sephiel and Rorikel round out the misfits. They are up against legions of demons of varying breeds, a rogue bounty hunter, and a dimension-bridging witch aiming to initiate the apocalypse.
What doesn’t work is the title give-away, and the dispersal of a long memory sequence that disrupts the plot. The entire memory should have been the first chapter or two, then jumping right to the present. It shouldn’t be such a mystery of what happened to Connie and Dro’s parents because they witnessed it and it serves to explain the sisters’ behaviors and circumstances better than Connie’s uneven narration.
I received the novel as a giveaway from the review blog, One Book Two, where they were a wee bit more liberal with stars. Please see their review for a second opinion.
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