By now I think everyone knows that L.L. Foster is a pseudonym for Lori Foster. That being said and in case it was a surprise to anyone reading this, do not read Servant: The Awakening thinking that it will be like her contemporary romances. If I didn't know it was Lori Foster, I would have thought this was a brilliant debut book from an unknown. The tone, intensity, and sheer grittiness of this book is awesome. I think Ms. Foster was channeling early Anita Blake, Eve Dallas, and a dash of J.R. Ward.
We meet Gaby Cody who is on a mission from God. That sounds really weird to say but the premise is very believable in the hands of Ms. Foster. Gaby's life revolves around waiting for the call from God to go out and kill evil in whatever form it manifests. Even though she knows that what she does is right, she carries the guilt of taking lives. She lives in a tiny apartment with few possessions. She doesn't get attached to anything since she might have to leave it behind. She can't hold a job since the call could come whenever. She does write, illustrate, and ink a graphic novel series that she ships to her landlord who runs a comic shop and that pays the bills as well as give her an outlet for her grief. She has no friends since they might get caught in the crossfire or get too curious about her activities and whereabouts. Gaby's life is barren and cold. Then her life starts getting real interesting. She encounters a police detective, Luther Cross, who is attracted to her right from the start. Her landlord, Morty continues his campaign to be her friend. And a powerful evil is watching!
What a fantastic book! I loved entering this world even though it is a dark and somewhat depressing place to visit. I really enjoyed the fact that though it is classified as paranormal there isn't a vampire or werewolf to be found, yippee!!!! Gaby is a very believable character and Luther Cross sounds yummy. When I finished, I wanted the next book right then so I could see what else is in store for Gaby, Luther and Morty. The development of Morty was great to see and the relationship with Gaby and Luther was intense! The only problem I had with it was it wasn't believable to me that Gaby would fight evil in flip-flops. Strapped for cash, you can still get some decent boots or used sneakers at the thrift store. Other than that, this was a great intro to a series that I will be following religiously!!
Urban paranormal fantasy featuring Gabrielle Cody:Servant. Slayer. Seducer.
Gabrielle Cody has the ability to see the demons among us as they really are-and the responsibility to destroy them. She can't allow anyone to get in her way, even the magnetic Detective Luther Cross. Sensing a malevolent presence watching and stalking her, Gaby is drawn again and again to an abandoned hospital surrounded by an aura of sickness and suffering-and unimaginable evil.