Friday, November 25, 2011

Vicious Grace (The Black Sun's Daughter, #3) by M.L.N. Hanover

  • Title: Vicious Grace: Book Three of the Black Sun's Daughter
  • Classification: Adult Fiction
  • Genre: Urban Fantasy
  • Format: Paperback, 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Original edition (November 30, 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 1439176299
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439176290
  • Author's Website:

  •      The haugsvarmr are riders that possess large structures," Ex said."
         "So like haunted house?" I asked, thinking of Declan Souder's architectural dissections. Ex shook his head.
         "Social structures. Like political parties or nations."
         I stopped looking through the files. I could feel my eyes getting wide and I fought a sense of growing vertigo.
         "Hold on. What?" I said.
         "It hasn't happened often, but it's not unheard of," Ex said. "Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal are probably the first recorded examples. Hitler's Germany was the most recent."
         "Okay, Time-out," I said "World War Two was about riders? Germany was possessed?"
    <time lapse>
         "Do you know why all you can't quite make sense of all this? You live in a morally neutral world. You don't like the idea of evil, and so you don't look for the patterns. Riders are just another kind of insect or amoeba to you. Parasites."
         "And for you?" I said.
         "They're demons," he said.

    Aubrey's ex-wife called asking for help. Something isn't kosher at Grace Memorial, the hospital where she works. A researcher has been able to tap into and record what subjects are dreaming. A dream study uncovers 6 patients in the study all had the same dream. After a little leg work it looks like something was buried alive under the building and it's trying to get out. Theories range from angels to haugsvarmr. Whatever it is it is powerful enough to force it's will and thoughts on people without them being possessed by a rider.

    I'm really loving the series.Jayné is just starting to gain confidence in her new role when the floor gets kicked out from under her.The crew learn a deep dark secret about Eric that will change everything and make them question things. Loyalties and friendship will be put to the test. Not what you need when you have to decide if an ancient being that was imprisoned decades ago underground should be freed or stopped from being unleashed upon the world.

    The book had a nice pace and kept my attention. There is lots of action and fight scenes. We get to find out more of what happened between Aubrey and Kim. We also get a better look at Ex's thoughts on Riders and see a little more of his personality. Jayné will make a self discovery that will end the book in a cliffhanger. This one get a 4 1/2 out of 5 Roses.

    Notes to keep you in the know:
    A passage from the NIV Bible (Ezekiel 38:2-6) 2 “Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of[a] Meshek and Tubal; prophesy against him 3 and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am against you, Gog, chief prince of[b] Meshek and TubalI will turn you around, put hooks in your jaws and bring you out with your whole army—your horses, your horsemen fully armed, and a great horde with large and small shields, all of them brandishing their swords. 5 Persia, Cush[c] and Put will be with them, all with shields and helmets, 6 also Gomer with all its troops, and Beth Togarmah from the far north with all its troops—the many nations with you."  
    To read more, here is a link to bible gateway: (Other versions include Rosh in with Meshek and Tubal.)

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