Tala Morgenstern lives for the hunt, embracing her heritage as a demon hunter. When her younger sister, Hartley, disappears while on the trail of her long-lost father, Tala must seek the help of her other sister Aiva, who has turned her back on the underworld of magic and hunting. Suspecting demonic involvement, Tala and Aiva race to find Hartley before she can be claimed by hell.
Their search takes them deeper into the bowels of Dublin’s criminal underground, where the gangs are led by demons, and the currency is souls. With each Circle of hell bringing new dangers, and new revelations about their own place in the demon hunting world, Tala and Aiva have to rely on each other if they are to stand a chance of fighting their way to the Ninth Circle, and the demon lord who is waiting for them.
When I first started this book, I was admittedly a little put off by it. I’m a huge Supernatural fan, and the first chapter or so had me wanting to go watch the season premiere and see how similar the dialogue was, because the initial premise of both is pretty much the same. Once I got through the beginning of the story, though, it became different enough that I wasn’t as annoyed by the similarities.
Tala and Aiva are interesting characters, though I don’t feel like we get to go as deep into Tala as a character as we do Aiva. We get more of Aiva’s backstory and more information about events that have shaped her into who she is. Tala is a little more one-dimensional, but still understandable as a character, though I’d love to see more of her thoughts and/or background (and maybe we will get this in subsequent installments).
The story itself is told in a series of chapters that are more like vignettes or episodes of a TV show, and I really liked this. It allowed me to put together the pieces of the mystery on my own and also kept the story moving forward quickly. The fast pace is honestly I think what sucked me in despite my misgivings about the similarities to Supernatural. It got me invested enough to want to actually sit and finish the book, and the story was really interesting. Tala and Aiva encounter a lot of interesting monsters and villains and the thrilling fight scenes translate really well to the page, which I feel like doesn’t always work in action-oriented stories.
Overall, this was a well-paced interesting read. The two sisters and their relationship were well written, and their quest to find their other sister is a great adventure with interesting monsters. I also really loved the setting of Dublin, because I’m kind of obsessed with Ireland. If you like shows like Supernatural, this book is right up your alley. It’s a fun read, but tense and heartbreaking at times. I’m really interested to see how the next installment goes.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
What paranormal fantasy books do you like? Give me some recommendations!!