Friday, December 14, 2012

December 14, 2012 – Book Review: Unclean Spirits by M.L.N. Hanover

Unclean Spirits (Book One of the Black Sun’s Daughter) by M.L.N. Hanover
Paranormal/Science Fiction

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"Jayné Heller thinks of herself as a realist, until she discovers reality isn't quite what she thought it was. When her uncle Eric is murdered, Jayné travels to Denver to settle his estate, only to learn that it's all hers -- and vaster than she ever imagined. And along with properties across the world and an inexhaustible fortune, Eric left her a legacy of a different kind: his unfinished business with a cabal of wizards known as the Invisible College.

Led by the ruthless Randolph Coin, the Invisible College harnesses demon spirits for their own ends of power and domination. Jayné finds it difficult to believe magic and demons can even exist, let alone be responsible for the death of her uncle. But Coin sees Eric's heir as a threat to be eliminated by any means -- magical or mundane -- so Jayné had better start believing in something to save her own life.

Aided in her mission by a group of unlikely companions -- Aubrey, Eric's devastatingly attractive assistant; Ex, a former Jesuit with a lethal agenda; Midian, a two-hundred-year-old man who claims to be under a curse from Randolph Coin himself; and Chogyi Jake, a self-styled Buddhist with mystical abilities -- Jayné finds that her new reality is not only unexpected, but often unexplainable. And if she hopes to survive, she'll have to learn the new rules fast -- or break them completely...."

3 out of 5 Stars

I’ve had this book on the shelf for a long time (years) and finally gotten around to reading it.  During the introduction we meet Eric Heller, Jayné’s uncle, who is trying to meet up with a less than savory guy in a sleazy bar.  Ultimately, Eric doesn’t survive the meeting but this is the reader’s first introduction into “riders”, evil spirits that have taken over or attached themselves to human beings.

Chapter One introduces us to Jayné, who really didn’t know much about her uncle other than he would occasionally swoop into her life and then swoop back out, but now Jayné has inherited Eric’s estate and his substantial assets.

Throughout the rest of the book we watch Jayné learn about riders, the supernatural, and how she plans to avenge Eric’s murder.  Ultimately we watch her mature and start to take responsibility for her actions and choices.

The entire book is really a long introduction to Jayné and a cast of characters many of whom I assume will continue through the series.  Although I enjoyed the book and the story was interesting I find that I am not drawn to either enough to continue reading the series, which is why I only gave this story 3 stars.

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