Banishing the Dark (Arcadia Bell Series #4)

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In Book Four of the beloved urban fantasy series Romantic Times calls one “for your keeper shelf,” the ultimate mother-daughter fight is about to go down.

Complicated does not begin to describe Arcadia Bell’s life right now: unnatural magical power, another brush with death, and a murderous mother who’s not only overbearing but determined to take permanent possession of Cady’s body. Forced to delve deep into the mystery surrounding her own birth, she must uncover which evil ...

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Overview

In Book Four of the beloved urban fantasy series Romantic Times calls one “for your keeper shelf,” the ultimate mother-daughter fight is about to go down.

Complicated does not begin to describe Arcadia Bell’s life right now: unnatural magical power, another brush with death, and a murderous mother who’s not only overbearing but determined to take permanent possession of Cady’s body. Forced to delve deep into the mystery surrounding her own birth, she must uncover which evil spell her parents cast during her conception…and how to reverse it. Fast. As Cady and her lover Lon embark on a dangerous journey through her magical past, Lon’s teenage son Jupe sneaks off for his own investigation. Each family secret they uncover is darker than the last, and Cady, who has worn many identities—Moonchild, mage, fugitive—is about to add one more to the list.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
04/28/2014
In a satisfying series climax (after Kindling the Moon), Arcadia “Cady” Bell pursues the old colleagues of her occultist mother, Enola Duval, in search of information about the Moonchild ritual performed at Cady’s conception, which will let her greedy mother’s soul take over her body. Bennett contrasts Cady and Enola’s adversarial relationship with warm scenes among Cady, her almost-fiancé Lon, and her teenage soon-to-be stepson, Jupe. Lon wipes Cady’s memory to keep Enola from finding out that Cady is pregnant, but he mistakenly eliminates her memory of being in love with him at all, allowing her to fall in lust and love with him again in a delightful secondary arc that would not be out of place in a much lighter romantic fantasy. Bennett keeps proceedings exciting all the way through, convincingly showing characters who are coming into their magical powers while still feeling profoundly human. Agent: Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency. (June)
Romantic Times Magazine
"Bennett quickly establishes that her terrific debut was no fluke, delivering another riveting tale featuring gutsy renegade magician Cady Bell. Bennett does a stellar job blending character development with plenty of supernatural mystery and peril. A series for your keeper shelf!"
Karen Chance
“A great off-beat debut novel with a likeable heroine and a fun, original storyline.”
Ann Aguirre
Kindling the Moon rocks like AC/DC on Saturday night. This book has it all: great writing, action, romance, a strong heroine, a unique hero, and the best teenager ever. I can’t wait for the next one.”
Anya Bast
Kindling the Moon engaged me from page one. I loved it! I immediately adored the heroine, Arcadia Bell. This book is packed from cover to cover with unpredictable twists, heart-pounding action, and heated sexual tension."
Kelly Meding
“Debut author Jenn Bennett takes the familiar ideas of magic, demons, and mythology, and she gives us something sexy, fun, and genuinely unique in Kindling the Moon. Arcadia Bell is a sassy, whip-smart addition to the growing pantheon of urban fantasy heroines, and Bennett an author to watch!”
Tynga's Reviews
"Jenn Bennett has created another amazing novel filled with strong characters, magical surprises, and quirky humor."
Karen Chance
“A great off-beat debut novel with a likeable heroine and a fun, original storyline.”
Ann Aguirre
Kindling the Moon rocks like AC/DC on Saturday night. This book has it all: great writing, action, romance, a strong heroine, a unique hero, and the best teenager ever. I can’t wait for the next one.”
Anya Bast
Kindling the Moon engaged me from page one. I loved it! I immediately adored the heroine, Arcadia Bell. This book is packed from cover to cover with unpredictable twists, heart-pounding action, and heated sexual tension."
Kelly Meding
“Debut author Jenn Bennett takes the familiar ideas of magic, demons, and mythology, and she gives us something sexy, fun, and genuinely unique in Kindling the Moon. Arcadia Bell is a sassy, whip-smart addition to the growing pantheon of urban fantasy heroines, and Bennett an author to watch!”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451695090
  • Publisher: Pocket Books
  • Publication date: 5/27/2014
  • Series: Arcadia Bell Series , #4
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 118,041
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jenn Bennett is an award-winning visual artist. She is also the author of Kindling the Moon, Summoning the Night, Leashing the Tempest, and Binding the Shadows, the other works in her critically acclaimed series featuring irresistible heroine Arcadia Bell. She lives near Atlanta with her husband and two pugs.

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Banishing the Dark


  • Jupe crouched in the shadows, watching a pair of nurses stroll down the hall. Cartoon horses on the female nurse’s scrub pants stretched over a pretty good ass. Good enough that he considered following her. After all, he’d analyzed forty-three nurses over the past month. Only two of them even remotely qualified as hot, and one of those was a guy.

But right now, he had more important things to do than accept the depressing likelihood that hot-nurse fantasies were a sham. So when the pair sauntered around the corner out of sight, he pushed to his feet and scrambled across the hall.

A taped-up sheet of plastic, two trash cans, and a warning sign might keep stupid people out of the construction area, but anyone with half a brain could see how easy it was to squeeze through. The display downstairs in the lobby said the new hospital wing cost three hundred million dollars. Maybe they should have spent some of that on a few pieces of plywood if they were serious about keeping people out until it was finished.

He’d been sneaking out to the sixth-floor glass walkway stretched between the old and new hospital wings off and on for a couple of weeks. On one side lay a silent parking lot. On the other, a couple of people smoked cigarettes at tables in an outdoor pavilion. He was too far up for them to notice, but he wanted to make sure no one heard him through the plastic. So he sidled around a pallet of boxes and strode down the carpeted walkway to the far end.

At least they’d had enough sense to lock the doors to the new wing. He pressed his forehead against the glass and squinted inside. All clear.

Chain clinked against his thigh as he dug a black wallet out of the back pocket of his jeans. Thumbing past his GTO Club membership and an ATM card for his savings account, he found the laminated piece of paper. It took him a couple of seconds to roll his tongue around the inside of his mouth, working up saliva, but when he was ready, he held out the card and spit on the magick sigil in the middle.

Bull’s-eye.

“Priya, come,” he commanded.

The air shimmered, and a ball of light appeared. He stepped back to give the guardian room to land and watched as two enormous black wings flapped into view. The boy’s body soon followed. No shirt. Weird-ass gray skin. Mass of black spiky hair that looked like a Brillo pad that had been chewed up by a garbage disposal. (He should know; it had taken him an entire month of lawn mowing to work off the debt of repairing the disposal when he’d not so accidentally dropped one down the sink.)

The Æthryic guardian shook the walkway when he landed. His wings made a snapping sound as they folded into place behind his back. He looked pissed. Sounded it, too. “I told you not to summon me unless it was vital.”

“And I told you, Cady said I could summon you whenever I damn well pleased.”

“I feel quite certain she said no such thing. But now that I’m here, get on with it, and tell me why you called. I am busy doing important work.”

“Pfft. Like what?” Jupe flicked a look toward the creature’s bare chest. “Getting some sort of nuclear tan?”

Priya growled, flashing a row of pointy silver teeth. “I grow weary of your verbal puzzles, Kerub.”

God, what a douche. Worst servant ever. He didn’t understand why Cady put up with him. Then again, if the creature hadn’t come to Jupe a month ago to tell them what had happened with Mr. Dare in Tambuku, Cady might be dead. Grumbling to himself, Jupe bent to wipe Priya’s sigil card on the industrial carpet. It only moved the spit around on the laminate. He gave up and wiped it on the leg of his jeans. “Cady’s awake.”

Anger drained from the creature’s face. “When?”

“Last night.”

“Why didn’t you summon me immediately? Is she well?”

“She’s in and out of consciousness. They said it was normal. Might take a couple of days for her to shake it off. But . . .”

“But what?” Over his bare shoulders, the tops of Priya’s wings shifted anxiously.

“Doctor said best-case, they’d still have to keep her in the hospital for a week. Longer if she can’t walk.”

“She will walk. She is very strong. What of her mother? Has Enola been communicating with her in her dreams?”

Jupe shook his head. “No idea. She hasn’t mentioned it, but she’s having trouble remembering things. She’s pretty doped up, so I’m not sure if she really knows who I am. And we’re not supposed to talk about anything upsetting or stressful in front of her. Dad’s been trying to get in touch with Dr. Mick—that’s the Earthbound doctor who healed—”

“Yes, yes,” Priya said irritably. “You have spoken of this healer many times.”

Whatever. “Anyway, Dr. Mick is the one who can release Cady. Dad wants to get her home ASAP.”

“Your father needs to get her into a protected place immediately.”

“That’s what I just said. ASAP—it means as soon as possible.” God, this guy was as dense as a brick wall. Were all Hermeneus spirits like this or just him?

“Then your healer should release her into Lon’s care,” Priya said. “A-S-A-P.”

“Aren’t you listening to me? Dr. Mick’s mom died. He’s at her funeral. In Australia.”

“Where is this? Can you go there?”

“Australia? Are you kidding? It’s a billion miles away. My dad’s flown there before for work, and it takes an entire day on a plane. You do know what an airplane is, don’t you?”

The creature snapped his wings open like one of those dinosaurs that spreads its frill to make it seem bigger than it really is. As far as intimidations went, it was a good one. And it was at times like this that Jupe wished like hell he had his father’s ability to transmutate. A couple of bad-ass demon horns would really come in handy.

Priya pointed a long finger in Jupe’s direction. “Listen to me, Kerub, and listen well. Arcadia’s mother is scouring the Æthyr for a demon capable of sending her back to this plane. If you care anything at all for Arcadia—”

“More than you.”

“Then tell your father to get her to a warded place immediately. I do not know how long she will be safe. A few days. A week. Possibly a fortnight.”

Jupe opened his mouth to ask what the hell a fortnight was, but Priya flashed a mouthful of crooked silver teeth. Kind of creepy. And Jupe could already see the static erupting over the creature’s skin; Priya seemed to have less and less power to keep himself solid every time Jupe summoned him.

“Arcadia must seek protection,” the creature said. “She must find the spell her mother used during Arcadia’s conception and uncover a way to reverse it, or her mother will cross the planes to claim her.”

“I’ve told you a million times, Cady will fight her mom,” Jupe said confidently. “Besides, nothing that crosses the Æthyr can live on this plane permanently. You said so yourself. I mean, look at you. You can’t even stay here five minutes.”

Priya’s eyes narrowed as he leaned closer. “Enola Duval wants to cross the planes permanently. She seeks old, irreversible magick that will bond her soul to Arcadia’s so that Enola will occupy her body.”

Jupe stilled. “Earthbound,” he whispered in shock. “Cady’s mom wants to be one of us?”

“In a manner of speaking, yes. And do you know what happens to souls when a new one possesses their physical body?” Priya struck a fist against his palm, causing Jupe to jump. “If Enola takes Arcadia’s body, Arcadia will become nothing but a sack of energy existing to keep her mother alive. She may as well be dead.”

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  • Posted June 1, 2014

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    ~Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog In

    ~Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

    In the fourth installment of the Arcadia Bell series, readers are thrust back into the magical world that Jenn Bennett has created. Starting off right where the last book ended, things are a little slow to start as Cady tries to get back onto her feet. Lon is absolutely freaking amazing in this one. I just love how sweet he is and enjoyed the internal battle he waged as he tried to do what he thought was right.

    Though this series is primarily Urban Fantasy, there are touches of romances for fans who enjoy some lovey-dovey stuff in between their action. While not that saturated in romance as some other series such as Night Huntress and Kate Daniels, it does allow for some development in the relationship department. I’m sure everyone will be thrilled about the advances that are made in this book if you are a long-time lover of this series.

    Bennett adds in several pages from Jupe’s POV and I found that I actually really enjoyed this choice. Jupe is such a fun character to read. As a younger character, I felt that Bennett really captured a young mind well without really downplaying any of his intelligence or watering down her words. While you can tell the difference between Cady’s POV and Jupe’s right away, I liked that the differences in ages as displayed but it wasn’t too drastic a jump either.

    Jupe adds a great familial element to the series. As you know, Cady and Lon are facing their greatest enemy, Cady’s murderous mother so it’s nice to see the loving side come out a little more. I feel like it balances out the story a little bit better.

    As the concluding book in the series, I still get the sense that it’s not completely over for Bennett. I’m wondering if her author mind had something else planned up her sleeve in terms of a spin off, but as of right now, I’m pretty confident that readers will love where this series ends. BANISHING THE DARK is a thrilling and satisfying conclusion to the Arcadia Bell series.

    *ARC provided by publisher

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2014

    Awesome!

    I loved this series so much! Perfect ending to pull everything together. All time favorite characters!

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  • Posted May 27, 2014

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    Unfortunately, I found this gem of a series with the last book f

    Unfortunately, I found this gem of a series with the last book first. If this book is anything to go by, this was a perfect series for me and I will be back reading the first three books then re-read Banishing the Dark again. Yes, it was good enough for a re-read.




    An urban fantasy, with a wonderful cast of paranormal creatures banding together to fight evil...what more can I ask for. How about an evil mother, hell bent on destroying everything and everyone our heroine holds dear...including Cady own life.




    I melted with the epilogue and I'm sure if you are a fan of this story this conclusion will not disappoint. For an action intense, moving and emotionally gripping, marvelously executed paranormal urban fantasy, check out Banishing the Dark

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  • Posted May 27, 2014

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    Cady is fighting off her mother¿s influence and attempts to take

    Cady is fighting off her mother’s influence and attempts to take over her body at night. As Cady and Lon try to retrace her mother’s journey to create the Moonchild spell in order to undo it, Cady learns more about who her parents really were. While Cady and Lon are traveling all over, Jupe has taken it upon himself to find out what he can locally. With every new discovery, Cady’s past becomes clear and it’s not a pleasant journey. Battling enemies on multiple fronts, Cady’s learned some new tricks. But will these lead her straight into her mother’s grasp?




    Reading BANISHING THE DARK was bittersweet for me because I absolutely love the characters and the ingenious world the author created, but this is the last book in the series. I really enjoyed learning more about Cady’s mother and Cady’s untapped powers. I thought the title, BANISHING THE DARK, was definitely fitting. This book focused mainly on Cady, Lon, and Jupe, with a few new secondary characters who added some humor and danger to the story. I truly enjoyed BANISHING THE DARK and I hope the author returns to Cady someday (in another novella, perhaps??). If you haven’t read the Arcadia Bell series yet, now’s the time!

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