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

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

by SM Reine

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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: 25,982
File size: 263 KB

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Death's Hand 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 57 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.
FictionalCandy on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This was a fantastic story, first in a series. I had expected it to be good, and I am so happy that it was even better than I had hoped.It starts with Elise and James. The opening scene of the book is a very creepy scene, and it instantly draws you in ¿ you have to find out more. I¿m not going to ruin the surprise of it, but let¿s just say that the book definitely starts off on the right foot. Then the story jumps back in time for just a short moment, giving you some more history on Elise.See, Elise is a kopis. Translated it basically means ¿sword¿, a warrior. And James, he is her aspis, which translates to ¿shield¿. They are bound together for life, warriors against the forces of Hell. And they¿ve been together nearly Elise¿s entire life. But now she¿s trying to retire, trying to lead a normal life ¿ as normal as she can. Her last job nearly killed her, and she wants to be done. But when you are a warrior against the forces of Hell, can you ever really retire?Elise seems to be a pretty dark person. She¿s a bit pessimistic about normal things, and seemingly just going through some motions. It¿s very understandable given the past. She is a tough girl though, you definitely get the feeling that she can handle any situation that comes her way. She¿s not just strong, she is tough and smart, cunning. And a bit of a hot head at times. Otherwise, the perfect heroine for a book! James seems to be more of the optimist in this pair ¿ which isn¿t a romantic pairing at all.Which conveniently brings me to a point. If you are looking for romance, look elsewhere. This book is very light on the romance. And it doesn¿t need it. The story works perfectly without it.This book has zombies, demons, a succubus, witches, necromancers, exorcism¿ it¿s got it all, and it all flows together in a perfect rhythm. Jump to the present. Elise needs to come out of retirement, and she doesn¿t want to. She fights it, but like I said ¿ when you are a warrior against the forces of hell, can you ever really retire? She takes on the exorcism of a child, a demon who can invade your dreams and make them nightmares, who knows how many fiends, zombie like dead people intent on hurting her, pissed off witches and a demon who *really* has it in for her. Oh, and she also has to protect her friends and the people she loves while she¿s at it. Can she do it? Will she do it?
libo wu More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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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