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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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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 308 pages
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  • Editeur : Red Iris Books; Édition : 2 (19 décembre 2012)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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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.

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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
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
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.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Not Worth Touching 15 avril 2013
Par R. Deck - Publié sur
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.
14 internautes sur 19 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 an interesting read 11 février 2012
Par Mrs. D. L. Powell - Publié sur
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
I won't go into the depths of precising the storyline, as that has already been done.

The book was an okay read but there was something that stopped me giving it 4 stars. I think the main reason is because I didn't really feel I liked Elise or James. James seemed to have no real depth or personality, and Elise seemed to be unapproachable for the reader as well as being unapproachable to those who would have been classed as her friends. I would have liked to have warmed to her but didn't. Having said that, if you want anyone on your side if your back is against the wall, it would be her. Her fight scenes and determination to not give up came through and in that respect, the book is well written.
The storyline is also interesting but I can't help but feel the book was just a little too long. You see Elise have so many battles by the end of the final battle, you sort of start disbelieving her. Nobody can get that pummelled surely, and still come out on top the way she did. Overall I am glad I read it, but I am not sure who I would recommend it to. Maybe those who like a kick ass type of heroine who partakes in battles involving demons and such like. Otherwise, there is not a lot else she really does other than fight battle after battle.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Makes The Urban-Fantasy Cut, But Not By Much 21 juillet 2014
Par Francis W. Porretto - Publié sur
Yes, "Death's Hand" is original. At least as original as urban fantasy will permit, these days. And it moves along smartly, no question of that. But the character development is questionable, there are considerable stylistic problems in the writing, and there are quite a number of low-level errors in my copy (Kindle edition).

Protagonist Elise is a singularly unappealing character through much of the book. She's essentially sexless, uninterested in others, and generally difficult to deal with, apparently by design. That only begins to change about half-way through the story. James Faulkner doesn't get enough developmental time to make an impression on this reader. Secondary characters Betty, Anthony, Stephanie, David Nicholas, and others are essentially two-dimensional. Some others dangle as loose ends after introductions that suggest subsequent significant participation in the story.

Miss Reine needs stylistic help as well. Much of her narrative reads jaggedly, and is heavy with fundamental errors of construction. From that and the low-level errors of spelling, punctuation, and the use of the wrong word, the story became intermittently annoying.

Finally, Elise's rescue of James has a "deus ex machina" feel to it. It detracted from the satisfactions of her victory.

Yet I finished it, and I'm going on to "The Darkest Gate," so it had some entertainment value. I hope that and the subsequent books are handled with more care, especially as regards character development and narrative style. If Amazon allowed for fractional stars, I'd award it 2.5, but under the circumstances I'll "round up."
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