Riley Blackthorne is beginning to learn that there are worse things than death by demon. And love is just one of them…
Seventeen-year-old Riley has about had it up to here. After the devastating battle at the Tabernacle, trappers are dead and injured, her boyfriend Simon is gravely injured, and now her beloved late father's been illegally poached from his grave by a very powerful necromancer. As if that's not enough, there's Ori, one sizzling hot freelance demon hunter who's made himself Riley's unofficial body guard, and Beck, a super over-protective "friend" who acts more like a grouchy granddad. With all the hassles, Riley's almost ready to leave Atlanta altogether.
But as Atlanta's demon count increases, the Vatican finally sends its own Demon Hunters to take care of the city's "little" problem, and pandemonium breaks loose. Only Riley knows that she might be the center of Hell's attention: an extremely powerful Grade 5 demon is stalking her, and her luck can't last forever…
Soul Thief is Book Two in Jana Oliver's bestselling young adult series, Demon Trappers.
About the Author
Jana Oliver is the award-winning author of the young adult urban fantasy series Demon Trappers, including The Demon Trapper's Daughter. She is also the author of the Time Rovers series. She’s happiest when she’s researching outlandish urban legends, wandering around old cemeteries and dreaming up new stories. An Iowa native, she lives in Atlanta, GA.
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A Demon Trappers Novel
By Jana Oliver
St. Martin's PressCopyright © 2011 Jana Oliver
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The Grounds Zero Coffee Shop made the most amazing hot chocolate in Atlanta, maybe even the whole world. It appeared Riley Blackthorne would have to wade through Armageddon to get it.
"The end is near!" a man called out to passersby. He stood at the shop's entrance holding a homemade cardboard sign that proclaimed the same thing. Instead of having a scraggly beard and wearing a black robe like some biblical prophet, he was wearing chinos and a red shirt.
"You've got to prepare, missy," he said and shoved a pamphlet toward Riley with considerable zeal. The tract looked remarkably like the one she had in her jacket pocket. Like the one the angel had given her right before she'd agreed to work for Heaven to save her boyfriend's life.
"The end is near!" the man shouted again.
"Is there still time for hot chocolate?" Riley asked.
The End Times guy blinked. "Ah, maybe; I don't know."
"Oh, good," she said. "I'd hate to take on Hell without fueling up."
That earned her a confused frown. Rather than explain she jammed the tract in her pocket and pushed open the door to the coffee shop as the man went back to exhorting his audience to prepare for the worst.
The Grounds Zero didn't look any different from how it did the last time she'd been here. The smell of roasted beans hung in the air like a heady perfume, and the espresso machine growled low and deep. Customers tapped on laptops as they enjoyed expensive coffee and talked about whatever was important in their lives. Just like every day. Except ...
Everything is weird now.
Even buying hot chocolate. That used to be easy: Place order, pay for order, receive hot beverage. No hassles. That didn't appear to be the case today.
The barista kept staring at her even as he made the drink, which wasn't a good thing, because he nearly scalded himself. Maybe it was the multiple burn holes in her denim jacket, or the ragged slice down one sleeve that revealed the T-shirt underneath. Or the fact that her long brown hair had a frizzled, been-too-close-to-a-flame look, despite two shampoo sessions and a lot of conditioner. At least she'd changed her jeans, or the guy would be staring at all the dried blood. Blood that wasn't hers.
"I saw you on TV. You're one of them, aren't you?" he asked in a shaky voice, brown eyes so wide they seemed to cover most of his face.
On TV? Riley had no choice but to own up. "Yeah, I'm a demon trapper." One of the few lucky enough to survive last night's slaughter.
The guy dropped the ceramic cup on the counter, sloshing some of the brown goodness over the side and onto the saucer. He backed away like Riley had horns coming out of her skull.
"Whipped cream?" she asked, frowning now. Even if the world was ending, hot chocolate had to have that glorious white stuff on top or what was the point? He reluctantly added the topping, keeping his eyes on her rather than the cup. Some of it actually went inside. "Chocolate shavings?" she nudged.
"Ah ... we're out," he said.
It's just one creepo guy. No big.
But it wasn't just him. Other customers stared as she made her way to an empty booth. One by one they looked up at the television screen high on the wall, then back to her, comparing images.
There, courtesy of CNN, was last night's disaster in glorious color: flames pouring out of the roof of the Tabernacle as demons ran everywhere. And there she was, illuminated by the raging fire, kneeling on the pavement near her injured boyfriend. She was crying, holding Simon in her arms. It was the moment she knew he was dying.
Oh, God. I can't handle this.
The saucer in Riley's hand began to quake, dislodging more of the hot chocolate. It'd been bad enough to live through that horror, but now it was all over the television in full and unflinching detail.
She paused near a booth as a picture of Simon appeared on the screen. It must have been his high school graduation photo, since his white-blond hair was shorter and his expression stone serious. He was usually that way except when they were hanging together; then he'd let his guard down, especially when they were kissing.
Riley closed her eyes recalling the time they'd spent together before the meeting. They'd kissed, and he'd admitted how much he cared for her. Then a demon had tried to kill him.
Riley sank into the booth and inhaled the rich scent of the hot chocolate, using it to push the bad memories away. The effort failed, though it never had in the past. Instead, her mind dutifully conjured up the image of her boyfriend in his hospital bed, tubes everywhere, his face as white as the sheets.
Simon meant so much to her. He'd been a quiet, comforting presence after her father's death. Losing him so soon after her dad was unthinkable and Heaven had known that. What else could she do but agree to their terms: Simon's life in trade for Riley owing Heaven a favor. A Really Big Favor. Like stopping Armageddon in its tracks.
"Why me?" Riley muttered. "Why not someone else? Why not Simon?"
He was religious, followed all the rules. He'd be the perfect guy to keep the world from ending. They could have made the deal with him when he was injured.
Instead they chose me.
To Riley's annoyance, the hot chocolate had cooled beyond what was acceptable drinking temperature, but she sipped it anyway. She kept her eyes riveted on the cup's contents, away from the television screen. Someone scraped a chair across the floor to sit at a table, and Riley jumped at the sound, half expecting a horde of demons to pour through the front door at any moment.
The cup trembled in her hands, reminding her how close she skated near the edge. Too much had hit her in a short period of time. Too much more and she wouldn't cope.
I have to find my dad. That she could do. Maybe. Still, it was something she could focus on. It was unlikely his body was buried under the rubble at the Tabernacle, not when a necromancer went to all the effort to summon him from his grave. That's what necros did: they reanimated corpses and sold them to rich people as unpaid servants. By now someone would be lining up to buy Master Trapper Paul Blackthorne, if he hadn't been sold already.
What is it like to be dead and walking around like you're still alive? Besides the creep factor, it had to be truly weird. Did her dad remember dying? Did he remember the funeral and being buried? Spiky cold zipped down Riley's spine. She had to get her head in the game.
I'll find him. I'll get him back in the ground, and that'll be the end of it.
Her eyes wandered back to the television. A different reporter was doing a play-by-play of last night's horror. He had it mostly right — the local Trappers Guild had held a meeting at the Tabernacle in downtown Atlanta, just like they always did. In the middle of the meeting the demons had arrived. Then it got bad.
"Eyewitnesses say that at least two different kinds of Hellspawn were involved in the attack and that the trappers were quickly overwhelmed," the reporter said.
Three different kinds, but who's counting?
Riley frowned. The trappers hadn't been overwhelmed. Well, not completely. They'd even managed to kill a few of the things.
When she went to pick up the cup of hot chocolate, her hands were still shaking. They'd been that way since last night and nothing she did made them stop. She downed the liquid in small sips, knowing people were watching her, talking among themselves. Someone took a picture of her with his cell phone.
In the background, she could still hear the reporter on CNN. "A number of the trappers escaped the inferno and were immediately set upon by a higher-level fiend."
The higher-level fiend had been a Grade Five demon who'd opened up deep holes in the ground, spun off mini tornadoes, and caused the earth to shake. All in an effort to take out one trapper.
If it hadn't been for Ori, a freelance demon hunter, the Five would have killed her just like it had her dad.
"We have interviewed eyewitnesses who claim they saw angels last night," the reporter continued. "We've had Doctor Osbourne, a professor of religious studies at UC Santa Barbara, review the videos. He's with us here today, via satellite." A solemn gray-haired man appeared on the screen. "What's your take on this amazing event, Doctor?"
"I've watched the videos, and all that is visible is a circle of incredibly bright light that surrounds the demon trappers. I have colleagues in Atlanta who've claimed to see angels in your city. They appeared throughout the Bible to Abraham, to Jacob. Sodom and Gomorrah rated two of them. In this case, they were actively protecting the trappers from Hellspawn. I'd say that's biblically significant."
Tell me about it.
Riley dug in her messenger bag, retrieved a pen, and began a list on a crisp white napkin.
Bust Holy Water Scam
Save the World
As she saw it, if number three on the list didn't work out, the last two weren't going to be an issue.CHAPTER 2
Feeling a tickle in his throat, Denver Beck coughed deeply in an attempt to purge the stale smoke from his lungs. It did little good. In the distance, firefighters moved across the Tabernacle's rubble, working on the hot spots and searching for charred bodies in the mounds of broken bricks and burnt wood.
I should have died last night. In the past it wouldn't have mattered. Now it did. It was his fear for Riley that had driven him out of the smoke and flames.
To his right, Master Trapper Angus Stewart leaned heavily on his cane in the late-afternoon sun. His usually ruddy face was nearly the color of his white hair, pale against the bloodstained bandage tucked into his hairline. They stood near one of the many holes in the Tabernacle's parking lot, the stench of burnt asphalt hanging heavy in the air. Beck bent over and stared into the crater's maw, which was laced with tangled wires and debris. It was a good ten feet wide and three times as deep. A thin column of steam rose from its center.
"How does a demon do this kind of damage?" he asked in a soft Southern drawl.
"The Geo-Fiend just waved its hands and this abyss appeared. They have some strange power over the earth and the weather," Stewart said in his rich Scottish accent. It was still noticeable, though blunted by a decade in Atlanta.
As Beck straightened up, the demon wound in his thigh cramped in protest. The dressing was leaking and the drainage had soaked into his blue jeans. He needed more aspirin — his temperature was up and every now and then his teeth would chatter. Like a mild case of the flu with claw marks as the bonus.
Everythin' has changed now. He knew angels were for real; he'd seen them around Atlanta. Most were the ministering kind, the most prolific of Heaven's folk, who came and went doing whatever God wanted them to do. He'd never seen any from the higher realm, the ones with the flaming swords. He had last night.
Beck shook his head again, unable to deal with how eerie the things had been. At least seven feet tall, clothed in eye-blinding white with shimmering alabaster wings edged in gray, their fiery swords had roared like summer thunder and filled the night air with the crisp tang of ozone.
"I've never heard tell of Heaven steppin' in to protect trappers," Beck said in a lowered voice, mindful of a television news crew on the other side of the parking lot. They were all over the city now, trying to get a handle on one of the biggest stories to hit Atlanta since the 1996 Olympics. "Why're the demons workin' together now? It feels like a war's brewin'."
"So it does." Stewart cleared his throat. "Seein' the angels make ya a believer?"
Beck blinked at the question. Had it? He'd never really thought much about God, and he figured the feeling was mutual. "Maybe," he admitted.
Stewart huffed in agreement. "The city will be wantin' action."
"Master Harper will take care of that, won't he?" Beck asked. Harper was the most senior trapper in Atlanta and Riley's master. From what Beck could tell, he was a serious piece of work but a good trapper when he wasn't drinking.
"Nay, not with his ribs bein' the way they are," Stewart said. "I'll have ta take the lead. With Ethan dead, I'll need yer help."
Ethan had been one of the master's apprentices, but he'd not made it out of the Tabernacle alive. "What about yer other apprentice? Rollins. Where's he?"
"He quit. Canna handle this sorta thing. I respect that." Stewart paused a moment, then added, "I'm pleased ta hear young Simon's gonna make it. That's good news for Riley."
"Yeah," Beck replied, unsure of where the old master was heading with that last comment.
"She and Simon have taken a fancy ta each other, did ya know? They were holdin' hands and kissin' before the meetin'. They didn't know I saw them."
"Kissin'?" Beck felt something heavy form in his chest, like a stone weighing on his heart. Had to be because of the demon wound; they always made you feel sick. It wouldn't do for him to think of Riley as more than just Paul's little girl.
"Ya didn't know?" the master asked, all innocence.
Beck shook his head. He'd known Riley and Simon were spending time together: They were both apprenticing with Harper and saw each other every day. But he hadn't realized their relationship had gone that far. She was only seventeen, and now that both of her parents were dead he felt responsible for her. Sort of like a big brother. Sort of something more.
"Yer frownin', lad," Stewart observed.
Beck tensed, uncomfortable under the old trapper's scrutiny. "Simon's better than some she could date," he acknowledged. "But he's not what she should be thinkin' about right now. I'll have a talk with him once he's better. Warn him off." Let him know if he goes too far with her I'll rip his damned head off.
The master gave him a fatherly smile. "Let them sort it out, lad. Ya canna keep her in a bubble the rest of her life."
Wanna bet? It's what Paul would have wanted and, if he was honest, the only way Beck could sleep at night. As he stared at the broken landscape and the savaged building, his mind filled with images from the evening before. Of demons and the trappers battling for survival. Of Riley in the middle of the flames and how close he'd come to losing her. Beck shuddered, ice shearing through his veins.
Stewart laid a heavy hand on his shoulder, startling him. "I know ya stayed inside that furnace until the very last. That takes stones, and I'm damned proud of ya."
Beck couldn't meet the master's eyes, troubled by the praise.
The Scotsman's hand retreated. "Ya can't carry it all on yer shoulders, broad as they are."
He sounded just like Paul, but that made sense: Master Stewart had trained Riley's father, who in turn had apprenticed Beck. From what Paul had said, the Stewarts were some of the best demon trappers in the world.
This man thought he'd done all right last night. He's just bein' nice.
As if knowing a change of topic was needed, Stewart asked, "Any idea who pulled Paul from his grave?"
That was the other thing hanging over them. Though he'd been dead for two weeks, Riley's father had appeared at the trapper's meeting, summoned from his eternal rest by a necromancer. He was a reanimated corpse now, money on the hoof providing he'd made it out of the Tabernacle in one piece.
"Riley did everythin' she could to keep him in the ground," Beck complained.
"She sat vigil every damned night, made sure there was a consecrated circle around his grave. Then some bastard steals him the one time she isn't there. It just sucks."
"She have any notion who did it?" Stewart nudged.
"I didn't get a chance to ask her." Which wasn't quite the truth. Beck could have. They'd huddled together in her family's mausoleum in Oakland Cemetery until dawn, on hallowed ground in case the demons came after them. She'd been so upset about Simon and the others, she'd cried herself to sleep. At the time it didn't seem important to know who'd resurrected Paul, so he'd just held her close, kept her safe, thanking God she'd survived. Trying to work through his feelings for the girl. When he'd left her this morning she'd still been asleep, dried tears on her cheeks. He hadn't had the heart to wake her.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I definitely recommend this book. Was an easy read and pulled me in from the beginning. I can't wait for the next one!
Jana Oliver certainly didn't disappoint in the second book of this wonderful series! This book is a must read and just as good as the first. It will have on the edge of your seat and wanting it to never end!
Another masterpiece! Jana Oliver's writing style is simply enchanting. The story draws you in and is relentless in its pursuit to keep you enthralled all the way to the very last word.. When I picked up Soul Thief I had a very hard time having to put it down (I managed to suffer through that) and was able to read the book in about 3 days.Which isn't bad considering I work 40+ hours a week, attend college, and have a family/home to take care of. SPOILER ALERT FROM BOOK 1: When we last read of Atlanta in The Demon Trapper's Daugher, Book 1 (See review HERE), a meeting of the Trapper's Guild had just gotten underway when the reanimate corpse of Paul Blackthorne, Riley's father, busted in to the Tabernacle to warn them of danger. They were complete overrun by demons and many lives were lost and bodies injured, including Simon, Riley's boyfriend. In order to save Simon, Riley made a "deal" with one of the angels. Now, we learn that the city has decided to allow hunters from the Vatican come in and clean up what they feel the Trappers are unable to do. Riley is still being pursued by debt collectors who want her father's reanimated corpse in trade for the money owed. She is also being watched/protected by Ori, who wants nothing else but to slay the Grade 5 demon that killed Paul Blackthorne and attempted to extinguish Riley life at the Tabernacle massacre.except to maybe get Riley into his bed too-but Ori, as hot as he is, has his own agenda, secrets, and a boss that, when revealed, will certainly cause turmoil within you. Through this, Riley and Simon start having issues when "someone" keeps insinuating to Simon that Riley sold her soul to the Devil and is now working on the wrong side of the game. Riley is still trying to find her father and the necro that raised him. And then there's Beck.awesome, sweet, hotter than Hades, Beck. We finally get to see the softer side of Beck; the Beck that would do anything for hot-headed Riley-and not just because he promised Paul.there are some embers burning within him and I hope we get to explore them in Book 3.
So excited !
Loved the first book, loved the 2nd. I love Riley!! I love where these books are taking me. I couldn't put it down!!! I read the whole thing today!! Can't wait for the 3rd book to come out.
How can I express how much this book filled me with great happiness? It gave me so many more answer yet it gave me so much more to look forward to! What I liked most about this book is the plot line. Paced perfectly, the reader follows Riley as it picks up right where it left on, in the first book The Demon Trappers Daughter. I loved watching the plot unfold top more secrets, fights and Riley fighting for her place in the world. It's great reading about Riley as she begins to piece together her father's murder. I loved watching Riley grow up. Faced with some uncompromisable positions, Riley must fight. Fight for a love that has burns for her for years, fight for her positions as a demon trapper, and fight for her friends. At times, I felt exhausted for Riley. But I am glad that she is not only stubborn, but refused to back down. What got me about this book is the love interest. It is so complicated yet simple. I can see it flashing before my eyes, but other obstacles get in the way. I loved that this love is enduring yet passionate. I adored that Ms. Oliver gave the reader such a great description of what is happening. I love being put right into the story, and going along with the characters as they go through their journey. Soul Thief is what the title is. A thief taking things left and right from Riley. Giving her no chance but to fight for what is hers.Written darkly passionate, Ms. Oliver once again gave me a story that not only gripped the readers, but gave them so much more than expected. *implied sex/cursing*
I absolutely loved The Demon Trapper's Daughter and was excited to read the second book in the series. It was a wonderful read, I really enjoyed it. I love the world and the characters, there is just so much going on in this book.Riley is recovering from the battle at the Tabernacle. The Trapper's are hanging on by a thread, many of them are injured or dead and the level 5 geo fiend is still at large. Riley's boyfriend Simon is just barely alive. Now Riley has to contend with the mysterious Ori who has decided to be her body guard and her overprotective kind of brother Beck. While juggling all these guys she also has to find out who reanimated her dad, where the counterfeit holy water is from, and track down a level 5 Geo Fiend. To make matters worse the Vatican has decided to step in and now Demon Hunters are in Atlanta trying to make the Trapper's look bad and take over the city.There is a lot going on in this book. Riley is dealing with a ton of different things all at once. I loved that we got to spend more time with Ori, he was a mysterious presence in the last book and you get to see a lot more of him and his awesome fighting skills in this book. You also learn a lot more about Beck's past and why he acts the way he does around Riley.I felt bad for Riley she just never gets a break in this book; things keep getting worse and worse and she's hanging on by a thread. She has a great attitude about it all though and she is really a fighter; I enjoy her as a character and just wish she could get some good breaks once in a while.The story gets a lot bigger in this book too. Now there are angels and demons and it looks like Heaven and Hell might actually be waging war in Atlanta; I love the ambiguity around who is actually good and bad. Looks like Heaven isn't as good and Hell isn't as bad as you might expect. There is some great world building in this book. We learn more about the history behind both the demon trappers and the demon hunters. There is just a ton packed into this book and I enjoyed it all.Lots of great characters too. I totally sympthize with Riley and am intrigued by all of the interesting side characters. There are no boring characters in this book, even if they are just minor characters. We get to spend a lot more time with some side characters that were introduced in the first book; Riley spends time with both witches and necromancers in this story.I love Oliver's writing style. It is engaging, flows beautifully, and is so easy to read. I just absolutely love the way she writes and it makes the book a pleasure to read.This book wraps up nicely. Some major plot points are wrapped up well, but there are a lot of other plot points that are still dangling to be addressed in the third book, Forgiven (UK title) out in 2012.Overall I absolutely loved this book. I am loving this series, it is one of my favorite YA urban fantasy series right now. I love the detailed world-building, love the characters, and love the fast-paced plot. There is some wonderful action in here and some truly surprising plot turns. Fans of urban fantasy (both YA and adult alike) need to check this series out. I absolutely cannot wait to see what happens in Forgiven (Demon Trappers, #3).
After thoroughly enjoying Demon Trapper's Daughter, I wasn't sure how the sequel could hold up. It's always difficult, but Jana Oliver did an excellent job of continuing the epic awesome of the first book while still building on the story in new and interesting ways. After the first book, Riley pledged herself to hell, her boyfriend Simon is seriously injured and her father's body has been taken from its grave. Riley finds herself in the middle of an Atlanta overrun by demons, and the infestation is so bad that the Vatican might step in, undermining the influence of the demon trappers. And it doesn't help when Riley gets involved with a mysterious freelance demon hunter named Ori, who has an agenda of his own.Soul Thief is an excellent "middle" book for a series. Instead of losing steam or seemingly dragging on without much being accomplished, Soul Thief throws everything readers thought they knew about Riley and her world out the window. The battle between Heaven and Hell -demon and angels -becomes more real here, the world grows into something believable and more lush -and most importantly, Riley's character continues to grow and develop, even in ways that I never expected. In fact, I was very pleasantly surprised to see Riley dealing with some very weighty, and very adult, issues here -though they are strong coming-of-age issues that many people deal with in their lives. By being bold enough to tackle these issues, Oliver brought Soul Thief to a wider audience than just teen readers, but adult readers who enjoy an honest coming-of-age story with a realistic main character with true flaws that only make her a more believable character.I was completely enthralled by Soul Thief. Not only is Riley and excellent character, but the ending of this book launched this series into an even more epic place that set the stage for an excellent third book. I'd warn some YA readers that they may night like the dark, grittier edginess that the Demon Trappers world offers, but I think it's excellent. More, please!
I did not mind his book, it was a little difficult to get through since all the action happened at the end of the last book and then all the new action happened at the end of this one...so frustrating. I think that Oliver took a few great twists in writing this one. I loved the characters and how they are like normal people and practically unpredictable.SPOILERS!!I like how the story line is proceeding and will be reading the next one, but I am a little perturbed by Riley. Is it just me or does she run through the boys in this story. She's angsty over Becks refusal over her from God knows when, she's in love with then hates Simon, and then she falls for Ori and SLEEPS WITH HIM!?? what? I am so upset by this sad situation.What I did not enjoy was Beck in this book, and I really liked him last time. I think that his jealously is getting a little out of hand and if he really cared about Riley there would not have been that ridiculous rant at her at the end of the book when he find out she slept with hell spawn. I hope that that little mouth off of his is rewarded in the next one when it turn out Justine is just using him .
The problem with middle books in a series is that they're a tease, they lead you on, and leave you begging for something for which you'll just have to wait. Soul Thief (Forbidden in the UK version) follows the action packed The Demon Trapper's Daughter (Forsaken in the UK edition), carrying the reader forward, but leaving you once more on the edge of a precipice waiting. Curse you, Jana Oliver (and I mean that in a most loving way.)While TDTD got the reader familiar with Atlanta of the future, and of Riley's time, it also saw Riley through the refining of her talents. The skills you need to trap demons apparently include brains, good fighting abilities, trust in your fellow trappers and lots of hot chocolate. Riley worked on those skills in the first book, while also overcoming some devastating personal losses. With Soul Thief, Oliver did something interesting; Riley's growth is more internal, more introspective, combined with some of the things that a seventeen year old would be expected to face as well. The action is packed in every bit as tightly, but it doesn't always involve the battles that were faced in Book 1. I imagine some readers might find this disappointing, but as Oliver also "grew" all her characters, the result is a more connected tale. The reader has been given glimpses into the private spots within Riley, Beck and some of the others. Good stuff here. If only we didn't have to wait 6 months to see how things work out.
Picking up immediately after the events of the first novel in Soul Thief we rejoin Riley Blackthorne as she struggles to cope with her ripped apart life. Riley has yet to learn the unintended consequences of her deal with heaven and she is on the hunt to find her father¿s body. Thrown on top of it all a Grade 5 demon is still trying to hunt her down and the men in her life are giving her all kinds of mixed ¿ or not so mixed ¿ signals. I loved The Demon Trapper¿s Daughter, so of course I was a little afraid that Soul Thief wouldn¿t live up the first novel. Rest assured; there is no reason to be wary! Soul Thief is a great book! The story once again managed to pull my heart strings in so many directions. I would be touched and pleased one moment, and betrayed or heartbroken the next. Characterization in the story is strong and no one seems shallow; each character has a history and depth. I especially enjoyed seeing smaller characters like Mort the necromancer from the first novel develop into stronger leads in this story. Riley continues to grow and mature as a person, but she isn¿t perfect. There were a couple of decisions that you just wanted to scream at her for, but when you consider things from her perspective you understood her choices. And Beck, oh Beck. He is flawed, but so genuine. If only Beck and Riley could communicate better I think most of their problems would be solved. I love that we have rotating perspectives throughout the story; the reader doesn¿t just see things through Riley¿s eyes, giving us a better overall idea picture of what is happening. The romantic elements felt genuine and seemed to follow their natural course; nothing felt forced. Ori, Simon, Peter, Beck... Riley just has so many men in her life it is a little hard to know what to do with them. I don¿t want to sway or spoil you by voicing my opinion, but let¿s just say that I am definitely on a team. There is one man who I think is the best for Riley, but we will just have to wait and see how things turn out as the story continues. The action was fast paced and the paranormal elements continued to be intriguing. If you enjoyed The Demon Trapper¿s Daughter you won¿t be disappointed with Soul Thief. Make sure to pick up a copy when it releases at the end of this month!
Ms. Oliver has done it again. Very few books about demon and the struggle between Heaven and Hell rival Soul Thief and The Demon Trapper¿s Daughter. Soul Thief continues the journey of Riley Blackthorne in her quest to find out what happened to her father and why demons are calling her by name. In the same manner as the previous book, Soul Thief does not do light and fluffy. It is gritty, harsh, and mesmerizing to the very end. Riley struggles even more in this book and so does Beck right along with her. Their relationship is brought out a little more in this installment, but not by much. This would probably be my one complaint. This really shouldn¿t be taken to heart though. I¿m sure Ms. Oliver knows where she is going with the story line and I put my full faith in her. The main thing that you take away from this story is that there isn¿t always a happy ending in real life. I even think that it says this somewhere in the book. In this light you have to admire Jana Oliver standing out from the crowd. Many times in YA paranormal books authors seem to have a hard time not ending with a happily ever after ending each time. Soul Thief as did The Demon Trapper¿s Daughter had violence, language, and sexuality in it. This wasn¿t just a titillating ploy by the author, but what I believe is an integral part to who the characters are and the overall plot. I enjoyed Soul Thief immensely and am eagerly awaiting the next installment in The Demon Trapper¿s Daughter series.
It was nice reading something original for once.
I cant wait to read the others. I think this series is original and refreshing. But its so cruel, i feel so bad for Riley and a liitle for Beck. Spoiler i wanted the Ori+Riley hookup even though i want her to end up with Beck. I thought it would go just right until he had to leave. I really thought he was a good guy. I was like yes, yes, yes when they were together. And then i was like why, why, why, and no, no, no. I was completely torn up by what happened so i feel so heartbroken for Riley. Its definentley a suprise/shocker (at least to me) for how it turned out.
I have to admit I enjoyed the first book more than the second one. The world of the Demon Trappers was fresh, new, vibrant and exciting in Forsaken and fell a little flat in Forbidden. I was also hoping to see some improvement in the relationship between Riley and Beck, but instead we get another possible love interest. Like a love triangle isn’t enough already. In this sequel, Riley is hunting down her Dad’s reanimted corpse while trying to deal with a Level Five demon stalking her, and the fact all of Hell’s minions seem to know her name. The Vatican decides the Trappers Guild can’t deal with this mayhem anymore, and they call in the big shots, the Demon Hunters, to try and solve the mess. Unfortunately, those Demon Hunters are even more ill-equipped than the trappers to stop the chaos brewing in Atlanta. While the stakes are definitely higher than in Forsaken, I felt some of the scenes in this book weren’t always as strong as in the first book. A lot of things were happening at once, that left me at times confused and at times gave me trouble focusing. On the other hand, the characters are more developed then they were in the first installment. Especially Riley seems to have done a bit of growing up, from a brat to a girl who can stand her ground but doesn’t act like a spoiled teenager anymore. Beck turned from one of my least favorite fiction love interests ever into one I could live with. I’m not entirely fond of him yet, but he’s changed for the better in this book. It’s like he’s gotten over his rage, anger and hurt and toughened up. I liked that change in him, and how it influenced the dynamics between him and Riley. Both characters are definitely growing and evolving, and I can’t wait to see where they’ll end up. My only pet peeve with this book, as I already mentioned, is that things are happening, but I wasn’t drawn in enough to fully register everything. It seemed like there was a giant gap between me, as the reader, and the characters and events unfolding. If you liked Forsaken, don’t miss out on Forbidden. Jana Oliver has created an original, action-filled world with demons and angels, Holy Water, love triangles and intriguing characters.