Monday, October 31, 2011

Review: Death Blows by D.D. Barant

Death Blows (Bloodhound Files #2)
by: D.D. Barant
$7.99 mass market paperback
St. Martin's Paperbacks
Paranormal Fantasy
Released: April 2010

Jace is somewhat adjusting to life in a parallel universe, one in which humans account for only one percent of the population.  She's still trying to track down the human serial killer so was brought over to find, but she's been kept pretty busy with a surge in crazy weres and vamps.

When she gets called to a scene where a glowing green skeleton is dressed like The Flash, she's pretty sure she's seen it all.  While she recognizes the comic book reference, it shouldn't exist in this realm, since comics were outlawed long before The Flash came into existance.  Turns out in this world, comic books were a gateway for powerful magics, and that magic fell into the wrong hands.  Because of that, comics were outlawed.  But now it seems someone is trying to revive the old ways, and Jace finds herself smack dab in the middle of it all.

In a world where everything is not as it seems, can Jace manage to uncover the truth before it's too late, or will crossing back to her dimension be the least of her concerns?

D.D. Barant has done her homework with this book.  I'll be honest, I have no interest in comic books, so I had a hard time following the history of comics that was laid out in the story.  It was well written, but deep.  Her books are always very involved and detailed, which I love in a book because it makes you think, and it also keeps you from being bored.  The interaction between Jace and her partner Charlie had me chuckling more than once, and I was thrilled to see the secondary characters become more developed in this book.  This is one of those series that's different enough from the others of its genre to keep you coming back for more because you'll never know what she's going to do next.  I'm a big fan of this series and I can't wait to see where she's going to go with it next.

Carla gives this book a

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