Book Reviews – Rowland and Blackmoore

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Vengeance of the Demon (Kara Gillian, #7)Vengeance of the Demon by Diana Rowland

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Rowland does it again. In this latest installment of Kara Gillian’s adventures (is it book 7 already?), we pick up nearly where the last left off. In no time at all I’m swept up into this latest adventure of odd creatures, cross dimensions and trouble…always trouble…trying to stop both worlds – demon and ours – from tearing themselves apart!

I can’t tell you what happens because I don’t do spoilers, but suffice to say there is betrayal, surprises, (BIG ONES), sacrifices and love. Such love.

This book really caught me by surprise which is a testament to the incredible talent that is Diana Rowland. In a literary world glutted with paranormal and urban fantasy, Rowland stands well above the crowds. I love her books. She’s the new Kim Harrison in my book.

 

Dead Things (Eric Carter #1)Dead Things by Stephen Blackmoore

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I stumbled on Blackmoore’s DEAD THINGS and his anti-hero Eric Carter by accident. And glad I have! This is Alex Verus (Benedict Jacka’s books) meets John Constantine (DC Comics) meets Mike Hammer (1950’s by Mickey Spillane). The style is staccato with every sentence very short and sweet. Rough talking, fast moving, Blackmoore’s main character Eric Carter is someone who gets beat up, gets up again, beat up s’more, cusses and tries again. You want to smack him and kiss him, shake him and feel sorry for him. He’s everything wrong and perfect! I wasn’t sure I was going to like the strong language (which happens over and over) but once I got into the actual character of Eric Carter, I was sold.

Blackmoore’s first volume introduces us to Eric Carter, a necromancer who can speak with ghosts, or haunts, and even the Echoes, leftover ghosts. He can do magic in a limited way, with things (ala Harry Dresden and Alex Verus) and with spells. He’s on a mission to find his sister’s killer and do a job for none other than Santa Muerte, one of the biggest saints of violent death, who has taken a particular interest in Eric. Uh-oh.

And there are peeps trying to kill him, natch!

A fast moving, high paranormal fantasy with twisty turns and a bit of humor. Eric never takes himself too seriously. He’s a jerk and I loved him.

I’m ready to start book 2….keep ’em coming Mr. Blackmoore!

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