Shotgun Sorceress (Spellbent #2) by Lucy A. Snyder
Publisher: DelRey (Random House/Oct. 2010)
BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE
For Jessie Shimmer, everything changed when she went to hell and back to save her lover, Cooper Marron. After tangling with supernatural forces and killing an untouchable spirit lord, Jessie finds herself gifted—or perhaps cursed—with dark powers. And when she and Cooper make love, her pleasure throes light the whole house on fire. What is a sorceress to do?
Jessie is about to find out. The circumstances of her birth, the mystery of a father she never knew, and the help of a cuddly ferret turned fearsome monster have made Jessie not just an outlaw from mundane society, but an accidental revolutionary in the magic realm. Encountering portals stitched into thin air and a fiercely sexy soul harvester, Jessie rushes headlong among enemies, horrors, wonders, and lovers into a place of self-discovery—or destruction.
*I tried to avoid spoilers, but if you haven’t started the series yet, you can read my review of Spellbent (Book 1) here.
After the hell (literally) that Jessie went through to save her love, Cooper, she’s ready to take it easy for a bit and adjust to her new powers. We’re talking about Jessie Shimmer here, so you can bet that’s probably not going to happen.Her familiar, Pal, has changed from his cute, little, furry, ferret self into a giant creature somewhere between a ferret, a bear, and a spider, and Jessie is setting things on fire with her flaming hand (yes, literally, makes gettin’ some lovin’ kinda tough). Also, portals are opening up willy nilly in midair, and her long lost father (who she’s long thought dead) is trying to get in touch with her. After meeting with Riviera Jordon (of the powers that be), to discuss the recent events that resulted in brain damage for her diabolical brother, Jessica, Cooper, Warlock, and Pal are sucked into a portal while being chased by the Virtii (wicked, wise, winged things.) After landing rather painfully in a huge pile of hay, they soon discover they’re in the tiny town of Cuchillo, TX, and something is very, very wrong.
An irresistibly sexy Japanese demon (and soul stealer) named Miko has taken over the tiny Texas town, turning people into zombies (with nasty diseases, no less) and blocking magic so any Talents in the town can’t use their powers. However, a group of townspeople have banded together and with Jessie, they prepare to make a stand against Miko. There are a few issues, though. Jessie just might be inhabited by a devil (no biggie, right), that turns her into a berserker killing machine (think River when she fights the Reavers in Serenity, and you get the picture), her flame hand is acting up (to say the least), and the lady that heads the resistance might be a teeny bit loony (the place is swarming with magic cats of her making.) Yes, you read that right. Magic cats that enable the townspeople to use what powers they might have, in spite of Miko’s magic block. And they’re super cute too. Also, don’t forget the sexual powers that Miko wields on men and women alike. Jessie’s been to hell and back. Surely she can defeat Miko, right?
Ms. Snyder brings the crazy with Shotgun Sorceress, and like Spellbent, it’s all kinds of awesome. There are lots of horror elements woven into this one too, and the author’s talent to bring the creep is showcased to great effect. The town of Cuchillo reminded me of something out of Stephen King, and did I mention hordes of meat puppets? Pretty scary stuff! The action is nonstop and the author’s imagination seems to know no bounds. If you haven’t yet discovered this series, you’re in for a treat! Switchblade Goddess comes out in December, and I plan on dropping everything to read it. Fans of UF and horror can’t go wrong with this exciting, scary, and highly imaginative series!
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