Corine Solomon doesn’t know the meaning of the word quit. When life kicks her in the teeth, she gets back up and tries again. Devil’s Punch takes place a few months after Shady Lady. Corine is back in Mexico, rebuilding her pawnshop, and she has company. Chance, the man she loved and left, gave up his life in Florida for her. He wants a second chance with her and she desperately wants to believe that. Things are progressing nicely when out of the blue, she gets a note. Shannon, her best friend, has been snatched by demons. The demons demand that she come to Hell to save Shannon. She doesn’t hesitate to head out to do just that. Luckily, Chance and her faithful dog Butch come along. Before long, she is in Hell and things will never be the same again.
I never know what to expect when I open a book by Ann Aguirre. She never writes the same book twice. That is why I love her. I open the cover and strap in for a wild ride. Corine has changed in each book, growing more confident and mature, accepting her mistakes and learning to live with them. With Devil’s Punch, Corine gets more than she bargained for when she travels to Sheol with Chance guided by the demon, Greydusk. He becomes my favorite secondary character even though his appearance is reminiscent of a character in the movie Beetlejuice. The landscape and inhabitants of this bizarre land are foreign and frightening at first. But as we are immersed in it along with Corine and Chance, it all becomes strangely familiar and the regular world starts to fade. I was quite fearful that Corine would lose herself in this world and her role in it. But as events came together for the explosive ending, I was more afraid that the people I had come to care about wouldn’t make it out alive. I admit that when I closed the book for the final time that tears were streaming down my face. I expect nothing less from Ms. Aguirre. She can wring so many emotions from you in the space of a book, leaving you exhausted and hollowed out. While I know that Corine’s story will eventually have to end, I am confident that we will have many more wonderful stories from this brilliant author.
The power swelled inside me, burning, hurting, but I let it center me. Pain means I'm still here, fighting. I envisioned it swelling in my hand in a seething rush, gathering, gathering, and then I sent it out on my resolve like a dark and winged thing riding the magickal wind.
As a handler, Corine Solomon can touch any object and learn its history. Her power is a gift, but one that's thrown her life off track. The magical inheritance she received from her mother is dangerously powerful, and Corine has managed to mark herself as a black witch by dealing with demons to solve her problems.
Back home, Corine is trying to rebuild her pawnshop and her life with her ex Chance, despite the target on her back. But when the demons she provoked kidnap her best friend in retaliation, Corine puts everything on hold to save her. It's undoubtedly a trap, but Corine would do anything to save those she loves, even if it means sacrificing herself...