Author: Kelley Armstrong
Series: Women of the Otherworld #5
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Dark fantasy, Paranormal fantasy, Strong women
5th sentence, 74th page: ‘I’m sure they would be indebted to us for our mercy.’
Eve Levine – half-demon, black witch and devoted mother – has been dead for three years.
It’s not so bad. She has a fantastic love life and can’t be killed again – which is handy when you’ve made as many enemies as Eve. If she could just find a way to communicate with her daughter Savannah she’d be content.
But fate – or more exactly, the Fates – have other plans. Eve owes them a favour, and they’ve just called it in. She must track down the Nix – an evil spirit who feeds on chaos and death.
The Nix is a terrifying enemy – previous hunters have been sent mad in the process. If Eve wants to avoid their fate, she’ll need something extraordinary – an angel’s sword.
There’s just one problem. Eve’s definitely no angel…
In the previous Women of the Otherworld books, Eve Levine is painted as a woman of questionable morals and motives, it was nice to finally get to know a little more about the elusive black witch, half demon woman. Although I expected it from Armstrong’s past writing, Eve’s sass and lack of respect for the rules were thoroughly enjoyable. Her motherly instincts and love however were a lot more softening and warm than I expected.
It’s always difficult to imagine the rules behind the afterlife – is there reincarnation? Heaven and hell? What does it look like? Armstrong created this world in such a vivid and realistic way that I can quite happily imagine spending my own afterlife in this realm. The creation of the different layers of hell was incredibly unique and independent way. Much like the literary punishments that she dolls out to the serious sinners in life such as serial killers.
Although Haunted is about the battle between good and evil within the ghost world, and all the shades of grey in between, it is also about motherhood, love and letting go. Eve’s teenage daughter is a big driver within all of her actions throughout the story, especially in the beginning. But she also has a lover who wants her back, and a choice to make between her priorities. It’s a question that must be asked in every parents’ life – when do you let your child grow and make their own decisions?
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