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Unclean Spirits & Darker Angels by M.L.N Hanover

December 2nd, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review

Publication date: December 2008 &

Summary from for Unclean Spirits:

Jayné Heller thinks of herself as a realist, until she discovers reality isn’t quite what she thought it was. When her uncle Eric is murdered, Jayné travels to Denver to settle his estate, only to learn that it’s all hers — and vaster than she ever imagined. And along with properties across the world and an inexhaustible fortune, Eric left her a legacy of a different kind: his unfinished business with a cabal of wizards known as the Invisible College.

Summary from for Darker Angels: When Jayné Heller’s uncle Eric died, she inherited a fortune beyond all her expectations — and a dangerous mission in a world she never knew existed. Reining in demons and supernatural foes is a formidable task, but thankfully Jayné has vast resources and loyal allies to rely on. She’ll need both to tackle a bodyswitching serial killer who’s taken up residence in New Orleans, a city rich in voodoo lore and dark magic.

When I started reading these books I felt they had a similar vibe to Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty Norville series.  So if you enjoyed that I think you will also enjoy this series.  Jayne is a pretty naive character as she finds out that the uncle she knew had a hidden life that she never even had a hint of before his death.  I have mixed reactions to Jayne.  On one hand her cluelessness and tendency to rush into things without fully thinking them through is irritating and is hard to swallow in a main character and yet it also makes her much more realistic.  Yes, she does gain some mysterious fighting powers when under attack (I have a feeling there is a magical reason that we do not yet know about) but for the most part she’s fumbling through this new world like you would expect any regular person to.  She’s not suddenly some brilliant strategist or an expert with weapons.  If it weren’t for some of her uncle’s former colleagues she probably would have been toast early on.

Unclean Spirit’s story was interesting although a bit slow moving.  I did enjoy the cast of characters though.  Aubrey sounds like the sort of uber-geek that actually comes across as pretty attractive and I loved Midian, the vampire who loves to cook, and Chogyi Jake.  The only one I felt like wasn’t fleshed out as much until the second book, Darker Angels, was Ex and even after Darker Angels I still don’t have a good read on him.  All I know for sure is that his feelings for Jayne are so obvious her not noticing it was one of the main things that made me want to dislike her.

I enjoyed Darker Angels more than Unclean Spirits.  The action picks up and the story delves into some voodoo background and also winds up in New Orleans post-Katrina.  The society of the different loas (spirits), their political interactions and the relationships they have with their human hosts was fascinating.  It showed Jayne and her team that things are not always so black and white when it comes to the riders taking residence in host bodies.

When we first meet Karen Black, the former FBI agent, I knew something hinky was up but it wasn’t until about half way through that I figured out what exactly what going on.  Then it was all about the nail biting to wait and see how Jayne was going to step up to bat and deal with her self-esteem issues and find a way to save her friends and the people they came to protect.  My one disappointment is that Midian is gone and I missed his sense of humor and the sense of unknown with regards to where his loyalties lay.  I have a feeling we will see him in future books though so that just makes me all the more eager to move onto the next book.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Paranormal

One Response

  1. Kailana

    I have seen this series around lately and I am rather curious about it. I will have to see about giving it a try at some point.

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