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Sacrificed in Shadow: An Urban Fantasy Mystery

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  • Posted December 8, 2013

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    Deputy Lincoln Marshall is a God-fearing man who wants to save h

    Deputy Lincoln Marshall is a God-fearing man who wants to save his small town from a series of horrific murders.  Given the apparent supernatural origin of these crimes, he needs some special help, so he turns to Elise Kavanagh, who is uniquely qualified for this assignment.  Investigator of supernatural crimes, former exorcist and demon hunter, and gun for hire, Elise also happens to be a powerful demon.  When it appears that the murders may have been committed by werewolves, Elise goes on the hunt, but what she finds isn’t quite what she bargained for.  Old wounds from her past are re-opened as Elise has to decide whose side she is on and who she can trust.

    This is the first in a series.  The basic story line was promising, but I think the author tried to jam pack too much into this one book, and even too much into just one character.  While it’s clear that Elise was once human and is now a demon, there’s a lot of other stuff going on with her character.  Apparently she’s also Eve (as in Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden), and, oh, yeah, she killed God.  After a certain point I just stopped trying to figure it all out.   There are witches, demons, werewolves, angels, etc., which is great because I understand that an author has to build an entire world to populate the novels, but it was a little forced, almost as if the author was trying to capitalize on every aspect of urban fantasy that’s popular right now.  There are even zombies in this world.   I could see definite influences from Kim Harrison, for example, and her Hollows series, as well as book like Angelology.  And did anyone else laugh at the priest’s name—Mikhail Night?  (You have to be a child of the 80s and love Knight Rider to get it.)    

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