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Jordan L. Hawk grew up in the wilds of North Carolina, where she was raised on stories of haints and mountain magic by her bootlegging granny. After using a silver knife in the light of a full moon to summon her true love, she turned her talents to spinning tales. She weaves together couples who need to fall in love, then throws in some evil sorcerers and undead just to make sure they want it bad enough. In Jordan’s world, love might conquer all, but it just as easily could end up in the grave.
on Feb. 27, 2013 :
This was a real winner. I want more of these characters, now. I've been waiting for this one to come out since I read a pre-publication excerpt, and I was not disappointed when I got my hands on the whole thing.
It is part 1 of a series, and while it does present a satisfying wrap-up of the immediate problem, don't expect all the loose ends to be resolved at the end. There are very clearly hooks for subsequent stories, including an unidentified security leak in the government agency which employs one of the main characters.
Both main characters have very distinct internal voices which provide a sort of running monologue, keeping the reader involved in what they're thinking without being heavy-handed about telling you. I particularly enjoyed the scene where Starkweather tries to perform an exorcism of Gray, thinking he's a demon. Grey throws him completely off his stride with unintentionally snarky replies, and his growing realization that he's in way over his head is beautifully handled.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)