Thursday, September 29, 2016

Witches' Bane (The Soul Eater) (Book #2) --Pippa DaCosta

Fiction / Urban Fantasy

174 pages
5 Stars

Ace Dante, aka The Nameless One, gets a name—and it ain't George!

Once again, the Soul Eater is ordered by Osiris to commit acts he doesn't want to do, but absolutely has no power to refuse. He can, to a degree, circumnavigate the orders, but he cannot refuse.

DaCosta has created a universe that is more fun than a barrel of, well, cats. Black cats. With green eyes. She writes about the gods and goddesses of Ancient Egypt in modern day New York City. In this book, she wove threads of witchcraft into the tapestry of her story.

This was, literally, a one-sit read. I knew going in it would be great fun, fast paced, and full of twists and turns. I made a pot of coffee and sat. I was not disappointed, not in the least.

We learn more about Shu in this book. Ace actually calls on her to help him trace magic from a severed arm back to the killer. Which is not what anyone expects. By the way, she and Ace are linked, by Osiris, and as much as they hate each other, they cannot sever the link. Osiris and his wife/sister, Isis, are not what I would call super nice people. Super, yes. Nice, no.

I do believe I rather like Shu. She is a great foil for Ace, and the black cat, which Ace hates (he hates all cats!), turns out (of course) to be a special cat.

I do recommend you read Hidden Blade (book #1) before you read this one, if only because you will be familiar with the characters and their backstories. Although, if you're familiar with the formula of urban fantasies, you probably won't have much of a problem filling in the blanks.  But, then, you'll just want #1, so you might as well start there.

The absolute worst thing about this book is that #3, See No Evil, won't be available November 2016. I know, that's just a few weeks away, but....

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