zaterdag 28 december 2013

J.F. Lewis - Burned

The fourth book in the Void City series, published January 31, 2012.
Genre: urban fantasy
Cover: strong, I like it

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Void City's resident bad-ass vampire has a secret to keep, everything to lose, and a plan to win it all. Eric has taken control of the city's supernatural hierarchy, putting all the deals and contracts that allow Void City to function up for renegotiation. When he installs his insane vampire daughter, Greta, as Void City's sheriff of the supernatural, bloody mayhem ensues. To further complicate things, the love of Eric's life is back from the dead, immortally young, at a cost that has put Eric under the thumb of a very powerful demon. The mysterious mouser Talbot, morose mage Magbidion, and all of Eric's thralls are trying to help him keep things under control. But with early onset Alzheimer's, vampire hunters, demons, a band of chupacabra, a cursed cousin with a serious grudge, and Rachel as his new 'handler', there's just not an app for that.

It is a year after the last book ended. Eric killed Lord Philip, causing all the magic protecting the supernatural inhabitants of Void City to fall away too. The Mage Council is working overtime to keep hiding all the killings and horrors living in the city. When they finally ask for Eric’s help, he makes the brilliant decision to appoint his daughter Greta as the new sheriff, to keep all the other supernatural creatures in check. She is allowed to kill and eat anyone who breaks the rules. But when she comes upon a pack of chupacabra, even Greta cannot kill them all, as their poison severely affects her. She has no choice but to take on her secret second shape, and it is very impressive indeed!

A strange female vampire tries to kill Eric, as she hates him for killing her in the first place. She is some cousin, and when he killed her, the family curse that made Eric a vampire, got to her as well. Only, as he had dumped her head through the drain, she now is something different, and her head still comes off if she wants it. Eric is not afraid of her though, and he agrees to let her try to kill him once a year, if she will be Greta’s deputy. His daughter needs the help and the company, aside from Fang.

Eric has divorced Tabitha, now that Marilyn is back alive and immortal and young, he can no longer stay married to her. He does give her a generous settlement though, and urges her to go to college, to find out what she is goed at, instead of relying on her great looks and lonesome rich men. He does the same with Marilyn though, gets the Iversonian to teach her how to be an Immortal, and pays her back wages for the past 40 years, as Roger basically ruined her life.

Eric has big secrets though, and a Plan. He owes a major demon favors for bringing back Marilyn and he has to plan around that. It is hard for Rachel to accept he doesn’t want her anymore, especially as she is now a demon too. With tail and all.

I enjoyed this last book so much, and I do keep hoping for more. Greta has a big part in this, trying to figure out what has happened to her dad, and what he is planning. She is confused that there is no real Mom anymore. She sure tormented her cousin Evelyn, her new deputy and loved taking her head away. Greta is a real killer, she is certainly dysfunctional, but she is fun. She will do everything for her Daddy, so don’t mess with him!

What more can I say about this series? I like the new ways the plot keeps twisting, surprising me, and well, it is just pure entertainment. There is some romance in the end …

9 stars.

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© 2013 Reviews by Aurian

6 opmerkingen:

  1. Gah, this series just sounds like it gets better and better!

    1. It is, it keeps surprising me with its twists and turns, and that is a great thing in a series.

  2. it's great to see you're able to read the whole series at once and that it's always good.