Thursday, May 2, 2013

Heart of the Demon (Warriors of the Rift #3) by Cynthia Garner

Once a generation, the rift between the paranormal world and the human world opens, allowing supernatural entities to cross. Vampire, demon, or shapeshifter, they can save the world—or send it spiraling into chaos.

The next opening of the rift is coming—and its consequences will be deadly. A rogue group of human-hating preternaturals is planning an apocalyptic attack, but the Council of Preternaturals may have found the key to saving the world: Keira O'Brien, a fey with a long criminal record, whose empathic abilities once made her the queen of con artists. If she successfully infiltrates the dangerous faction, the sins of her past will be forgiven.

Keira isn't the only agent working against the rogue prets. Finn Evnissyen, a powerful demon with a dark lineage, is a hired assassin looking for a way out. If he stops the threat, he will finally earn his freedom. As the rift fast approaches, and danger escalates, Finn and Keira must discover if they're on the same side—or sleeping with the enemy . .

This was a fast-paced read that kept me turning pages until it was through.  The characters are well-created and the storyline flows pretty well.  For me, this book had one huge pro and one huge con.  Also, though it's a supernatural book, even those of you with supernatural burnout will find something different in this one, so the burnout isn't really an issue.

The best part of this book for me, was that I was outsmarted.  the characters keep finding themselves put in impossible situations that you just don't know how on earth they're going to get through.  Just when you think there's absolutely no way they can pull off the latest stunt, Garner pulls a genius move out of her pocket and leaves you stunned with sheer wonder.

As for the negative, well the romance portion of the book has the same old, same old problem of classic miscommunication.  I get so frustrated reading a book where if the main characters had taken 2 seconds to talk and be honest with each other, all of these horrible issues could have been avoided.  The saving grace of this one is that you can easily understand why the characters have poor communication so it's easy to forgive Garner for creating such a scenario.

Supernatural lovers will definitely want to pick this one up.  I especially see Tru-Blood fans being quite taken with it. 

*I recieved a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  Shawn

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