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Death's Hand (The Descent Series Book 1) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

SM Reine

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Elise Kavanagh doesn't want to hunt demons anymore. It's been five years since she killed her last enemy, and life has been quiet since then. She went to college. Got a job, and then lost it. Made a friend or two. Lived a normal life. Now her former partner, a powerful witch named James Faulkner, wants Elise to fight one more time. The daughter of a coven member has been possessed, and Elise is the only exorcist nearby.

Becoming a hero again would mean risking discovery by old enemies. But digging into the case reveals that it might already be too late--bodies are disappearing, demons slither through the night, and the cogs of apocalypse are beginning to turn once more. Some enemies aren't willing to let the secrets of the past stay dead...

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  • Editeur : Red Iris Books; Édition : 2 (19 décembre 2012)
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Hi everyone! My name is Sara, and I write urban fantasy novels as SM Reine. I collect swords, cat hair, and typewriters (which I do use for writing!). It's a good day when those three things have nothing to do with each other.

If you would like to know the instant I have a new book available, you should enlist in my Army of Evil! We have a WICKED cool secret handshake, but you'll have to sign up to learn it. ;) Check it out -- http://smarturl.it/armyofevil

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26 internautes sur 29 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Dark and twisted 19 octobre 2011
Par Erin C. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
I'm going for non-spoilery, so bear with me here. Okay, it starts with a bang -- a scene in the past with the two main characters, Elise and James, who were powerful hunters of evil. Something horrific happened and they retired. We are thrust into the present time, where Elise and James are living out their very normal lives. That is until they end up trying to exorcise a little girl.

It gets worse.

As an aside, I have to say: I'm not familiar with actual exorcism or demonology. I believe there are some elements in Elise's exorcisms that are taken from true exorcism. I was impressed with it. It was simple, clean, and rang true for me whether or not it's actually real. But most importantly, it made perfect sense within the context of the world Reine created in Death's Hand. Also something else I liked was the bond between Elise and James. It's actually a magical bond. I don't believe they are in love or anything like that, but are close friends that would die for each other. I thought it was refreshing to see something other than a soulmate/mating-type bond between a man and a woman.

Okay, back to the story. There's this goddess of death that Elise encountered before who swore she'd come back for Elise. And she's in an object that is wielded by a powerful witch/necromancer. You'll never guess who it is (I knew from reading a previous draft, but the way it's laid out will surprise you). *winks* So between the possessed girl, the workings of the death goddess, the newly-risen dead (zombies?), Elise and James have their hands full. They're forced out of retirement.

What happens is twisty and dark and awful, but it ends happily, I assure you. But you'll have issues putting it down. The last 100 pages flew for me, and I was technically proofreading, except I kinda forgot to keep an eye out at that point. I admit that. It completely riveted me to the point where I was sitting at work counting down the hours until I could go home and read more. It's nuts.

Another thing, too. This is a very unique take on demons, exorcism, witches, necromancers. There is a lot of that out there, but you'll find Death's Hand refreshingly different. I like the elements of the paranormal and the grittiness of dark fantasy. It really, really works.

So, whatcha waitin' for? Check it out.

Also, this is the first book in SM Reine's Descent series. It is a complete story, but there is one teeny tiny little thing at the end that will flow into the next book, which I believe is called The Darkest Gate. I can't wait to read that. I'm kind of addicted -- uh, actually I am addicted to these stories. ....Yeah.

Red Iris Publishing is new to the game and I believe they will become one of the finest publishers out there. With writers like SM Reine, it's a certainty. So check them out.
21 internautes sur 24 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Wow.. it will capture you! Thrilling! 26 décembre 2012
Par Bea - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
First I'm older and second I'm not all that thrilled with the vampire, paranormal, etc. books that are out there, so I rarely read one. With that said, I was engrossed in this book! The author has a way of writing that captures you right away and keeps you reading to find out what happens next. I don't think there was one page in this book that didn't have some action going on. I'm usually a thriller kind of gal and this book, although not the "usual" thriller was thrilling just the same. I kept turning pages, I kept ducking, peering around me and waiting for whatever would happen next. Please read this book even if you don't think it's your cup of tea - I was amazed and I will be looking for more books by this author. Oh I did get this book when it was one of the free kindle books of the day AND I usually do like books about witches - but this was nothing like I expected it to be and I bet it's not what you think it will be either.

So, give it a try - it's worth it and it will keep you entertained!

To sum it all up - WOW
9 internautes sur 9 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
1.0 étoiles sur 5 Just can't go on 27 juillet 2013
Par Para-Urban Review - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I downloaded this book because a) it promised the start of a fantastic series (going by the reviews) and b) it was free! Win-win, I thought.

I'm now 22% into the story on my Kindle and I just can't continue reading it. Why give up so soon, you wonder? Simply put, character building. I do not like Elise! She's hard, unfeeling and treats her friends like dirt. I don't feel any chemistry between her and James, their conversations are flat, her emotions are flat, there's little world building happening and I haven't a clue what's happening with the storyline.

Maybe my reading ability swings to a more easily written story line (which the number of high reviews seem to attest) but having read and enjoyed just over 300 UF books over the past year, this one does not deserve the 4.5 current rating.

Sadly I will not be reading any more of SM Reine' s books.
26 internautes sur 34 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
2.0 étoiles sur 5 Not Worth Touching 15 avril 2013
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Sometimes reading a book is easy and refreshing, like ice cream on a hot summer day. Sometimes it's compulsive and addicting, like a drug you just can't get enough of. And sometimes it's excruciatingly difficult, and the only thing keeping you going is your own jilted anger at all the promising reviews that tempted you, and the knowledge you have to persevere in order to allow others to avoid making your mistake.

S.M. Reine's Death's Hand fell solidly in that last category. I struggled to make it the halfway mark before finally giving up and tossing it aside. I will admit, that I had pretty good expectations for Death's Hand due to the mostly positive reviews for the work, but I came to find myself wondering if myself and other reviewers were even reading the same book.

There were a variety of reasons Reine's work fell flat, but the one that frustrated me initially and had me struggling through the early portions of the book was the distinctly odd flashback style writing. In the first several chapters we would jump around by several years sporadically, linking different events in the protagonist, Elise's life, in a disjointed and blocky manner. Even knowing that the time had altered, I often found myself pulled from the reading saying "What?" I understand that the author was trying to use flashbacks to create tension and give us a better understanding of Elise, but all it did was leave me frustrated as a choppy cliffhanger regarding Elise's fate was introduced in the first few chapters and hasn't been touched or even hinted at still halfway through the book.

This leads me to another issue with the book, which was shoddy world building. Just prior to the book we are given exceedingly short definitions for Kopis and Aspis, paranormal figures who police the relations between Heaven, Hell and Earth. There is no explanation for the magic of the world aside from this, and I still feel as if I don't understand the role of the Kopis and its hierarchy and interaction with the supernatural. The reader is just dumped into the mythos and left to sort it out with next to no actual official Kopis /Aspis action for the first half of the book to guide one along.

As for the characters, I was unable to actually like any of them. They were all flat stereotypes rather than fully dimensional people, especially Elise. I feel like someone just took the cookie cutter for "bad-ass female lead," cut her out of a piece of cardboard and left her at that. There's nothing really personal about her, yes she is determined and strong, but she's also stoic, and almost apathetic. Nothing softens her, no sense of humor, no sense of humanity, nothing to balance her hard edges. She's not likeable as a person, and it was hard to sympathize with her because of this.

Another big thing for me was the dialogue, which could have really assisted in making Elise and her partner, James, more likable, and really furthered the story in terms of quality. But there was a lot lacking here as well, as most of the dialogue was fluff that tended to detract from, rather than add to the readability of the story.

Finally, the plot: this is the one thing that really grabbed my interest, and even after I've given up on the book I'm half tempted to skip to the last page to get a bit of resolution. Despite the disrupting flashbacks, through them we get a hint of a grand paranormal battle looming until the flashbacks end and that thread is left untouched. Present day Elise is retired but still dabbling in the paranormal world as an accountant, and with a paranormal summit coming up, a local child possession to deal with, and bodies disappearing from local graves, the elements are building to promise a decent storyline, if it wasn't marred by the choppy timeline and lackluster characters.

Conclusion: 2.5 stars.

I will not read this author again.
I would not recommend this book to anyone else.
I will be deleting this from my kindle.
15 internautes sur 19 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 A really great book and promising author. 5 novembre 2011
Par Jennifer Bielman @ Bad Bird Reads - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Policing relations between Heaven, Hell, and Earth is messy and violent, but Elise Kavanagh and James Faulkner excelled at it-- until coming across a job so brutal that even they couldn't stand to see one more dead body. Now they've been pretending to be normal for five years, leaving their horrific history a dark secret. Elise works in an office. James owns a business. None of their friends realize they used to be one of the world's best killing teams.

After years of hiding, something stirs. Bodies are vanishing. Demons scurry in the shadows of the night. A child has been possessed. Some enemies aren't willing to let the secrets of the past stay dead...

The Good
Wow. I was very surprised by this book. It had interesting characters, great action scenes, and a unique world that I haven't seen before.

The beginning of Death's Hand was outrageous. It grabbed my attention and made me want to read more. There were so many facets at play throughout the whole novel. There were exorcisms, creepy demons, magic, fiends, witches, and goddesses. Each had a role in the fantastical world Reine created.

The protagonist, Elise, was hard-core in every way. She knows how to fight, she fights for what she wants, and she can fill out a mean tax form (she's an accountant). But this accountant is good with a sword and will gut the bad guys without a backwards glance.

James is still somewhat of a mystery to me. He is a powerful witch and tries to do whats right. But I can tell there is something deeper about his character, something that will surprise us all when it comes out. But he and Elise are a pair to be reckoned with. They will fight for each other no matter the consequences.

I also really like Betty, Elise's roommate. She is loyal, almost to a fault, and she can always bring a smile to your face. She's optimistic and loves Elise, no matter her failings.

The action in the second half of the book was non-stop. As things start to crumble under Elise's feet, she enlists the help of Betty and Betty's cousin, Anthony, to pretty much save the world. But it's just not that simple. Too many things want Elise either dead or out of the way.

The writing was well-done. Not too much description but enough to give the reader a great visual. The pacing was on spot and the plot was well thought-out.

The Bad
The first half of the book was somewhat slow. Though I enjoyed reading it, I felt the second half was so much more enthralling.

More than anything, I wish Reine had spent more time on world and character building. I found myself sometimes lost in the expressions used for demons, magic and such. If these things were explained, I felt I would have had a better understanding of the world Reine had created. Maybe even a little more backstory to set the scene. And though I liked all the characters, I would have loved to know more about a few of them. There seem to be some gaps in character history that left me a little disappointed.

The Snuggly
There is some slight sexual content but it was pretty mild.

I think Reine is a great writer that has a very successful future in store for her. For most of the book, I didn't stop reading until I was falling asleep from exhaustion. I just had to know what was going to happen next. If Reine would just supply a fuller backstory for both the characters and the world in which they live, I would be one of her most devoted readers. I would for sure recommend this book to anyone who loves urban fantasy.
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