I didn’t read the first book in this series so I didn’t know what to expect or exactly what I was getting into with Darker Angels. I sat down with a stack of books to decide which one I would read next. Darker Angels was on top of the stack so I decided to just give it a glance and get a feel for it before really sitting down and committing myself to reading it.
Wow, so much for that. A couple hours later I was already halfway through the book. It instantly sucked me right in. It never mattered that I didn’t read the first book. This book stood alone and strong and pulled me right into a world where demon riders take over human “horses” and Jayne’ (pronounced zha nay) and her crew fight to help the poor horses rid themselves of their riders. Until recently Jayne’s had no idea these things existed. She inherited the family business from her uncle Eric who passed away and left everything to her. It never really says how he died, I guess maybe that’s covered in the first book- which I now totally have to go and read just to get the entire back story on this series because it’s a good one.
Anyway in Darker Angels Jayne is contacted by former FBI agent Karen Black, a friend of her uncle Eric’s, who has been chasing a serial killer rider from horse to horse. Now Karen has tracked it to New Orleans and wants to extract it before it takes over the body of a 16 year old girl. The story completely has a lot going on. Voodoo queens, post Katrina New Orleans, demons, myths, legends, Jayne’s own complex family, her relationship with her crew, and the weirdness that surrounds them all. And in the midst of it, nothing is as it seems.
Darker Angels is a wild tale in a surreal world that is our own, just with elements we never see. And there is more to Jayne’ than the story lets on. I am sure she is much more than what she seems, even more than she knows herself to be.
Once you pick up this book you won’t be able to put it down until you’re done. It is a fabulous read with complex characters and a nicely developed world. Fabulous writing interweaves plots and subplots and makes this a worthwhile read…and one you’ll want to add to your keeper pile.
I especially loved this one because it is set in New Orleans and the author completely captured the magic and mystique of the city, even in her post Katrina state. I haven’t been there since Katrina hit, I’ve only seen the news coverage and the documentaries but this author really seemed to capture the sadness, the emptiness and the hope, and the struggle for the future of the city.
In the battle between good and evil, there's no such thing as a fair fight.
When Jayné Heller's uncle Eric died, she inherited a fortune beyond all her expectations — and a dangerous mission in a world she never knew existed. Reining in demons and supernatural foes is a formidable task, but thankfully Jayné has vast resources and loyal allies to rely on. She'll need both to tackle a bodyswitching serial killer who's taken up residence in New Orleans, a city rich in voodoo lore and dark magic.
Working alongside Karen Black, a highly confident and enigmatic ex-FBI agent, Jayné races to track down the demon's next intended host. But the closer she gets, the more convinced she becomes that nothing in this beautiful, wounded city is exactly as it seems. When shocking secrets come to light, and jealousy and betrayal turn trusted friends into adversaries, Jayné will soon come face-to-face with an enemy that knows her all too well, and won't rest until it has destroyed everything she loves most....