Thursday, January 5, 2012
Review: Killing Rites by M.L.N. Hanover
JaynÉ Heller has discovered the source of her uncanny powers: something else is living inside her body. She's possessed. Of all her companions, she can only bring herself to confide in Ex, the former priest. They seek help from his old teacher and the circle of friends he left behind, hoping to cleanse JaynÉ before the parasite in her becomes too powerful.
Ex's history and a new enemy combine to leave JaynÉ alone and on the run. Her friends, thinking that the rider with her has taken the reins, try to hunt her down, unaware of the danger they're putting her in. JaynÉ must defeat the weight of the past and the murderous intent of another rider, and her only allies are a rogue vampire she once helped free and the nameless thing hiding inside her skin.
A few days before reading this book, the whole series actually, I watched the movie The Rite starring Anthony Hopkins as a bizarre exorcist, and this was eerily similar. Not exactly a bad thing, but I did have demon possession on the brain.
Amidst all the chaos (difficulty, violence, craziness- insert adjective here) of Jayne's new world you meet so many interesting people, like Midian, Alexander, Ex, the delivery guy with gel slicked hair. All very different and each adding another layer to an already complex life. Jayne is definitely challenged and her vulnerability and somewhat questioning behavior makes her a unique UF heroine. She is still learning. She doesn't blindly accept this new role, constantly struggles with all the scenarios and circumstances, and killing is never easy. Fighting demons, especially a personal one, isn't a picnic either. No aspect of the story is contrived or predictable, and ends with still more questions and only a few answers. I'll stick around to find out. I'm pulling for Jayne...and Ex.
I would recommend reading this series in order so that you can meet all the characters as the author intended and so you see the full scope of Jayne's life altering changes.