If you are a heavy reader of Urban Fantasy then this novel is exactly what you're looking for! If you've never read Urban Fantasy but you want to know what it's like then this is exactly what you're looking for! This is one of the best Urban Fantasy books I've read this year.
The world that Bennett created in KINDLING THE MOON is fantastic! Even though there are elements that are obviously not real, the way that Bennett creates these elements makes me think "How come these things haven't existed all along?". Arcadia Bell has been put to the task of proving her parents innocence in a series of killings that happened 7 years before. The only problem is that Arcadia needs to find a demon that was involved in the killings but she has no idea what its name is or the symbol necessary in summoning it. Arcadia is smart, efficient, sarcastic, and quick-witted. She is definitely the type of heroine I love reading about!
Bennett did not rest the fate of her book on the tropes of love triangles and cliffhangers. There is a resolution at the end of the book but it still leaves Arcadia's story open for more books. Plus, love triangles are over done sometimes and with Arcadia's love interest, Lon, it isn't necessary. The chemistry that is between these characters is palpable, leaving no room for another person to try to steal Arcadia away.
The style of Bennett writing slightly reminded me of Kim Harrison, who is the author of the Rachel Morgan series. Bennett is descriptive yet leaves enough room for you to imagine the world in the way you want to. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a love of reading!
Meet Arcadia Bell: bartender, renegade magician, fugitive from the law. . . .
Being the spawn of two infamous occultists (and alleged murderers) isn’t easy, but freewheeling magician Arcadia “Cady” Bell knows how to make the best of a crummy situation. After hiding out for seven years, she’s carved an incognito niche for herself slinging drinks at the demon-friendly Tambuku Tiki Lounge.
But she receives an ultimatum when unexpected surveillance footage of her notorious parents surfaces: either prove their innocence or surrender herself. Unfortunately, the only witness to the crimes was an elusive Æthyric demon, and Cady has no idea how to find it. She teams up with Lon Butler, an enigmatic demonologist with a special talent for sexual spells and an arcane library of priceless stolen grimoires. Their research soon escalates into a storm of conflict involving missing police evidence, the decadent Hellfire Club, a ruthless bounty hunter, and a powerful occult society that operates way outside the law. If Cady can’t clear her family name soon, she’ll be forced to sacrifice her own life . . . and no amount of running will save her this time.
This is the first book in the Arcadia Bell series. This series will need to be read in order. Book 2: Summoning the Night