Author: MLN Hanover (a pen name for Daniel Abraham, kudos to bloodofthemuse for this tip)
Series: The Black Sun's Daughter, #1
Genre: Sexy pentacle tattoo
Reason for Reading: I found this at a local used bookstore and I thought it looked fun.
Pages: 373 plus a "sneak peek" at the next book in the series
Copyright Date: 2008
Cover: Sepia-toned. A woman wearing leather pants and a bra. There is a large tribal tattoo at the small of her back. She is holding a knife, and magical energy swirls around her.
First line: "It was raining in Denver the night Eric Heller died."
Best part: Nice worldbuilding.
Worst part: I felt the parts of the plot that were not related to the worldbuilding were a bit cliched.
Imaginary Theme Song: "I Don't Wanna Stop" by Ozzy Osbourne
Recommended for: I think it's worth a read for anyone who likes the genre; and it's a must for anyone who thinks the genre might have just a bit too much sex in it.
Related Reads: Scent of Shadows by Vicki Petterson, Solstice Wood by Patricia McKillip, The Enchantment Emporium by Tanya Huff.
Jayne (pronounced Zha-nay) is torn between emotions. On the one hand, the one person who she believes ever really cared about her, her uncle, has just passed away. On the other hand, he has left her a new home, a new set of friends, and a new purpose - to find his killer. She may have just found her place in life. But with the good comes the bad, and Jayne's new life has its own problems, more deadly than anything she has ever faced. Will Uncle Eric's gifts be enough to save the day?
Considering I snagged this book on a whim because I wasn't happy with my library books, and considering the standards of the genre (Children of the Moon anyone?) it was surprisingly good. This book was fast-paced and engrossing. The heroine has a brain which she uses most of the time. The other characters each have their own secrets and motivations. Every gift has strings attached. The plot turns were plausible. It was hard, though not impossible, to put down. B-, mostly because even though I really liked it and look forward to the sequel, I don't think I'd read it over and over again.