Thursday 8 September 2011


Meet Arcadia Bell: bartender, renegade magician, fugitive from the law. . . .

Being the spawn of two infamous occultists (and alleged murderers) isn’t easy, but freewheeling magician Arcadia “Cady” Bell knows how to make the best of a crummy situation. After hiding out for seven years, she’s carved an incognito niche for herself slinging drinks at the demon-friendly Tambuku Tiki Lounge.

But she receives an ultimatum when unexpected surveillance footage of her notorious parents surfaces: either prove their innocence or surrender herself. Unfortunately, the only witness to the crimes was an elusive Æthyric demon, and Cady has no idea how to find it. She teams up with Lon Butler, an enigmatic demonologist with a special talent for sexual spells and an arcane library of priceless stolen grimoires. Their research soon escalates into a storm of conflict involving missing police evidence, the decadent Hellfire Club, a ruthless bounty hunter, and a powerful occult society that operates way outside the law. If Cady can’t clear her family name soon, she’ll be forced to sacrifice her own life . . . and no amount of running will save her this time.

OMG, this book is amazing! I seriously loved every minute of it...

Arcadia Bell lives a seemingly average life. She's a bartender in a bar she co-owns with a friend, and delves in magic. Well, her life isn't as average as it appears because she's actually been hiding for the last seven years. She's the daughter of the serial killers responsible for the Black Lodge slayings. Now that they've been spotted, she finds herself in a sticky situation.

She's got two weeks before the opposing magical organisation demands her parents are handed over to them. If not them, then Arcadia. Instead, she decides to clear her parents' name. But in order to do this, she has to find and summon the demon that was there that night... which leads her to Lon Butler and his son. Meeting Lon gives her an edge in finding her way out of this situation, but it might also be the one thing that helps save her life, in so many ways...

I can't summarise how brilliant this book is! The characters were so interesting that they came alive right off the pages. They dragged me into their problems, and into the middle of their mysterious world. Which leads me to the fantastic worldbuilding--magic and demons get a new and very unique twist. Arcadia's strong voice made her adventure intriguing and captivated me so much I couldn't put the book down. Oh, and I have to mention Lon. Yeah, he stood out too. A lot. ;) His son, Jupe, makes an excellent addition to this trio.

They sure make an interesting bunch, and I can't wait to spend more time with them!

If you're a fan of urban fantasy, you gotta read this! No, if you enjoy awesome books with memorable characters, awesome stories that grab a hold of you from the very beginning and won't let go, plus a twist ending that will absolutely shock you... this is a book you definitely should read.

I'm so looking forward to the next installment... I've already preordered it! :)

PS. You've got to check out the amazing character artwork the author made for these characters. Isn't it great?

H&UFRC books read: 43/24

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