Thursday, January 30, 2014

Review: The Stone Golem (The Demon's Gate #2) by Jeanette Battista

Release Date: January 1, 2014
Publisher: Jeanette Battista
Source: NetGalley
Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter

After a disastrous mission and betrayal from within its own ranks, the London Resistance is shattered beyond repair. Amaranth and the meager remains of the Resistance journey to Vatican City, where they hope to discover the true location of the Demon's Gate. Should they find and destroy it, the demons would be forced back to their own world, and the spell binding Amaranth to a demon would break.
But on their heels comes Raulston, a powerful man hell-bent on crushing an resistance to the demons that are destroying the remnants of humanity. Amaranth and her closest companions--Dham and Cat--will do whatever it takes to ensure humanity's survival. With Amaranth's magical powers, and Dham and Cat's rare ability to kill demons using sacred bells, they might stand a chance against the demon invasion. But as the trio face life, death, and the in-between, their devotion to each other may be what brings their downfall.

I really loved the first book in the Demon's Gate series, but this one was a little harder for me to get into. Maybe I just had a lot of stuff going on while I was trying to read it, but for some reason it took me longer to get through this one.

The vast majority of the story focuses on Amaranth, Dham, Cat, and Trick/Patrick's journey to Rome.
Trick is the demon (or spirit) who is in possession of Amaranth's best friend Patrick's body.
After a particularly nasty run-in with the Inquisition, Trick drops the bomb that he will have to let Patrick take back control of his body, in order to avoid being tracked by another demon. Sounds good, but the downside is they are not sure whether Patrick's mind has been damaged by the possession. Also, they're going to have to convince Patrick to let Trick take him over again, in order to complete their mission.

I was a bit surprised by the people who bit the dust at the end, and I wonder how that will impact the next story. So even if this one didn't blow me away like the first, I'm still interested to see what happens in the next book.

All in all, this was a very good self-published novel.


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