Death's Hand (The Descent Series, #1)

Death's Hand (The Descent Series, #1)

by SM Reine

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Death's Hand (The Descent Series, #1) by SM Reine

Elise Kavanagh doesn't want to hunt demons anymore. It's been five years since she killed her last enemy, and life has been quiet since then. She went to college. Got a job, and then lost it. Made a friend or two. Lived a normal life. Now her former partner, a powerful witch named James Faulkner, wants Elise to fight one more time. The daughter of a coven member has been possessed, and Elise is the only exorcist nearby.

Becoming a hero again would mean risking discovery by old enemies. But digging into the case reveals that it might already be too late--bodies are disappearing, demons slither through the night, and the cogs of apocalypse are beginning to turn. Some enemies aren't willing to let the secrets of the past stay dead...

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ISBN-13: 9781498906517
Publisher: Red Iris Books
Publication date: 02/21/2014
Series: Descent Series , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 35,576
File size: 263 KB

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Death's Hand 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
Buddha_Cannon More than 1 year ago
I DEVOURED (Just like the song from Shinedown, DEVOUR) this book. I'll have to look at the exact purchase time, but I think I finished it all, 500+ pages, in 24 hours. I turned the pages sooooo fast my fingertips are blistered! After reading SM Reine's DEATHS AVATAR it made sense to try this book as well. I am NOT disappointed. Have you ever gone to a movie and there was sooooo much action that you walk out the theater feeling like you just went 10 rounds with Mike Tyson? Well this is one of those kind of books. Almost NON-STOP action. You will soon see the name SM REINE with KELLEY ARMSTRONG, LAURELL K. HAMILTON, AND SHERYLNN KENYON. Mark my words. Also, this is NOT a YA book in the vain of Twighlight. SM REINE somehow manages to make the book palatable to Adults AND Young Adults. In short......press the BUY THIS button. You won't regret it. Now, where is that burn creme for my fingertips..........
KKRinne More than 1 year ago
I was excited when I first learned Reine has a new series coming out, since she’s one of my favourite indie authors. Where ‘Seasons of the Moon’-series is more about a teenage girl trying to find her way, Death’s Hand gives us an adult main character with a new set of problems. The book opens with a scene from days gone, where James meets Elise the first time — or ‘meets’ might be a wrong word since he finds her in the middle of Russian woods with a stack of dead bodies. The opening is intriguing, giving us insight, that there might be something wrong with Elise and it builds up from there. Death’s hand is an action packed page turner. The book starts to entwine plots that rise from Elise’s everyday life with burdens from her past, which she’s trying to obliterate. On several occasions I found myself thinking: “No you didn’t! How the heck is this going to get resolved?” — but every time Reine did a good job finding a solution that was believable. She also has a way of describing action; she can bring the scenes alive to the reader in a way where you can almost smell the blood and feel the bruises. I love kick-ass female characters and I love them more when they’re real with actual flaws instead of virtues masked as vices. She makes mistakes and pays for them. She gets hurt without magically being healed for the next fight. Her relationship with her mentor James is messy. I should note that Elise and James DO NOT have a romantic relationship. It’s more about their lives being tied together and the mentor-apprentice relationship which has evolved into mutual fondness and friendship. To be clear there’s hardly no romantic aspect at all in this book, just a little bit for the spice, but I didn’t even miss any. A deep romantic relationship would have shifted the book into something else. Even though the main character is an adult woman, this book’s style in general is more for the YA audience. So if you’re looking for an adult book, you might want to read the sample first. And if you swear to only read YA, you should still check this one out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Strongly written with very tight, fast pacing and high tension. I was afraid at several points that there was no way to resolve situations, and I found Elise relatable (although I didn't want to be her or in her world at all). Appropriate for YA or adult paranormal. Blink and you'll miss the romance. I got this as a free book and I would like to read further works by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stats: 533 nook pages. Paranormal action-thriller with a dash of romance. Lots of gore and fighting. There is a novella prequil to this series, but I can't recall the title. Wondering why the second book is $4.99 and the third only $0.99??? Not sure if I'll buy more books in this series... I prefer a little more romance.
libo wu 12 months ago
Have you ever just ran a ten kilometer marathon, through dirt, mud, and snow, and came out feeling that pump adrenaline across through your body, hearing your heartbeat at an incredible fast rate. That’s what this book, Death’s Hand gives. It’s an amazing book if your into a fast-paced; intense; fantasy book. However I should note that this book has little to none romance, so if you are looking for a paranormal romance, this book isn’t for you.The author, SM Reine, manages to make every fight scene so much more alive to the point where you can smell the blood and feel the bruises. The main protagonist is burdened with her past and problems that I found myself thinking: How is this going to resolve? But every time SM Reine finds an unbelievable solution. The main character, Elise Kavanagh, is a person struggling with both everyday life and her violent past making her a believable as a person in our generation. She's first seen in the beginning in the book as a young girl, all wrapped in the freezing snow with dead bodies scattered around her, antagonizing the reader that something is wrong with this girls, which creates suspension on who Elise is throughout the book. Elise is a kick-butt female character who hunts demons, exorcists monsters, and(even though it’s cliche) saves the world. She however can’t do this all alone, and has a partner by the name of James Faulkner(a powerful witch). Their relationship is rather meddlesome. Elise loves James, but James is already married and doesn’t love her back, causing even more troubles and problems along the story. The book also has its own views of heaven and hell(which I personally enjoyed). Many denizens from these areas get mixed up in meddling in events on Earth, as if humans don’t do a good job enough job at screwing up. It draws from many religious myths and religious stories and mix it up together and spit it out into a pretty cool fantasy background. If your not thoroughly convinced yet that this book is written by a great author, I’ll tell you more about SM Reine. She’s written many series of urban fantasy books such as The Cain Chronicles and Season of the Moon meaning she has lot’s and lot’s of gathered experience on writing this genre and writing in general. What’s also very amazing about Sm Reine is that she is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, giving her even more evidence that she’s a good writer who writes splendid books, such as Death’s Hand. Death’s Hand is mostly a young-adult book with just a tint of romance, mostly filled with action-filled fights, twists and turns, betrayals, and back-stabbing people throughout the book. I recommend getting this book, for it’s one of the few young-adult fantasy books that kept me on my tippy-toes the whole time reading it.
Anonymous 12 months ago
Have you ever just ran a ten kilometer marathon, through dirt, mud, and snow, and came out feeling that pump adrenaline across through your body, hearing your heartbeat at an incredible fast rate. That’s what this book, Death’s Hand gives. It’s an amazing book if your into a fast-paced; intense; fantasy book. However I should note that this book has little to none romance, so if you are looking for a paranormal romance, this book isn’t for you.The author, SM Reine, manages to make every fight scene so much more alive to the point where you can smell the blood and feel the bruises. The main protagonist is burdened with her past and problems that I found myself thinking: How is this going to resolve? But every time SM Reine finds an unbelievable solution. The main character, Elise Kavanagh, is a person struggling with both everyday life and her violent past making her a believable as a person in our generation. She's first seen in the beginning in the book as a young girl, all wrapped in the freezing snow with dead bodies scattered around her, antagonizing the reader that something is wrong with this girls, which creates suspension on who Elise is throughout the book. Elise is a kick-butt female character who hunts demons, exorcists monsters, and(even though it’s cliche) saves the world. She however can’t do this all alone, and has a partner by the name of James Faulkner(a powerful witch). Their relationship is rather meddlesome. Elise loves James, but James is already married and doesn’t love her back, causing even more troubles and problems along the story. The book also has its own views of heaven and hell(which I personally enjoyed). Many denizens from these areas get mixed up in meddling in events on Earth, as if humans don’t do a good job enough job at screwing up. It draws from many religious myths and religious stories and mix it up together and spit it out into a pretty cool fantasy background. If your not thoroughly convinced yet that this book is written by a great author, I’ll tell you more about SM Reine. She’s written many series of urban fantasy books such as The Cain Chronicles and Season of the Moon meaning she has lot’s and lot’s of gathered experience on writing this genre and writing in general. What’s also very amazing about Sm Reine is that she is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, giving her even more evidence that she’s a good writer who writes splendid books, such as Death’s Hand. Death’s Hand is mostly a young-adult book with just a tint of romance, mostly filled with action-filled fights, twists and turns, betrayals, and back-stabbing people throughout the book. I recommend getting this book, for it’s one of the few young-adult fantasy books that kept me on my tippy-toes the whole time reading it.
William__Wu 12 months ago
Have you ever just ran a ten kilometer marathon, through dirt, mud, and snow, and came out feeling that pump adrenaline across through your body, hearing your heartbeat at an incredible fast rate. That’s what this book, Death’s Hand gives. It’s an amazing book if your into a fast-paced; intense; fantasy book. However I should note that this book has little to none romance, so if you are looking for a paranormal romance, this book isn’t for you.The author, SM Reine, manages to make every fight scene so much more alive to the point where you can smell the blood and feel the bruises. The main protagonist is burdened with her past and problems that I found myself thinking: How is this going to resolve? But every time SM Reine finds an unbelievable solution. The main character, Elise Kavanagh, is a person struggling with both everyday life and her violent past making her a believable as a person in our generation. She's first seen in the beginning in the book as a young girl, all wrapped in the freezing snow with dead bodies scattered around her, antagonizing the reader that something is wrong with this girls, which creates suspension on who Elise is throughout the book. Elise is a kick-butt female character who hunts demons, exorcists monsters, and(even though it’s cliche) saves the world. She however can’t do this all alone, and has a partner by the name of James Faulkner(a powerful witch). Their relationship is rather meddlesome. Elise loves James, but James is already married and doesn’t love her back, causing even more troubles and problems along the story. The book also has its own views of heaven and hell(which I personally enjoyed). Many denizens from these areas get mixed up in meddling in events on Earth, as if humans don’t do a good job enough job at screwing up. It draws from many religious myths and religious stories and mix it up together and spit it out into a pretty cool fantasy background. If your not thoroughly convinced yet that this book is written by a great author, I’ll tell you more about SM Reine. She’s written many series of urban fantasy books such as The Cain Chronicles and Season of the Moon meaning she has lot’s and lot’s of gathered experience on writing this genre and writing in general. What’s also very amazing about Sm Reine is that she is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, giving her even more evidence that she’s a good writer who writes splendid books, such as Death’s Hand. Death’s Hand is mostly a young-adult book with just a tint of romance, mostly filled with action-filled fights, twists and turns, betrayals, and back-stabbing people throughout the book. I recommend getting this book, for it’s one of the few young-adult fantasy books that kept me on my tippy-toes the whole time reading it.
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Amazing series very well worth the read!!!
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It was OK .Even for free
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Pretty good
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Read the whole series from start to finish within days. Could not get enough! Really enjoyed this dark look at heaven and hell, and what happens when their denizens get mixed up in meddling in events on earth, as if humans don't do a good enough job at screwing up. Drawing from many religious myths and religion stories, be sure to set aside your own in order to thoroughly enjoy the story as it unfolds.
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It got your attention through the whole book.
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Easy ta read and very addictive. I highly recommened it ta everyone
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