Last summer, with the help of demon-killer Stephen Tapper, Raven Smith faced Hell on Earth to stop the demon-apocalypse (or more like, put it on hold). Raven made a deal with the Grand Marquis of Hell: he would not open the gates of hell if she promised not to fall in love with anyone until he returned for her.
Almost a year has passed and summer has come again...
Raven is safe. Relatively. She's protected. Doggedly. She's away from the demons, the hell, the madness. Until she falls asleep.
When the earth-witch Madeline shows up in Raven's hometown (aka her prison), calling in Raven's life-debt, Raven shouldn't even listen to Madeline's proposal. But she does.
Madeline tells her that months ago, Stephen travelled to Thailand to track down a magician called The Spider; but within days of arriving, Stephen vanished. Every person (be they witch or demon-killer) Madeline sent to find Stephen was hunted down, overwhelmed and murdered by demons. The message Madeline received after all attempts failed was clear: send in Raven Smith or Stephen dies.
Going to Thailand might possibly be the stupidest decision Raven could ever make...there are 1,000 reasons why Raven should stay guarded, protected, safe; only one reason why she shouldn't.
©2013 Rita Stradling (P)2016 Rita Stradling and Sorrel Brigman
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I read this on my Kindle when It came out and I was excited to listen to it as well. It had been awhile since I read it and I had forgotten how much I enjoyed it! It is a great story but I remember being flabbergasted at the way things turned out! So unexpected and brilliantly written!
You should definitely start with Deception Dance to fully understand the background story. Rita is amazing at creating complex intricate plots that blow you away!
I was sucked into the story from the beginning and it was difficult to put it down. Raven is an amazing character and her life is anything but ordinary. So many ups and downs!
The narrator did a good job bringing the story to life.
There is action, suspense, drama, a touch of romance and some heartbreaking moments. I'm so looking forward to the next audiobook.
**This audiobook was provided free of charge in exchange for my honest unbiased opinion**
This is a complex, fascinating, exciting and yet heart breaking sequel to The Deception Dance. The story grabs you by the throat at the very beginning and does not let you go even at the end. It leaves you holding your breath for the next book in the series and mind boggled as to how Raven will cope in the coming year. I loved every word of it. It is not a stand alone story, you need to read the first in the series to really understand this intricate, thrilling book. The sad truth of Ravens life draws you in and your heart aches for her, she is torn as to what is best for her to do and who she can trust. Her determination, resilience, and loyalty makes her character shine and you can not help but become even more attached to her. The narration brings the characters and the emotions to life. She fits the voices well to most of the characters and I particularly liked the accent she gave Steven, it was quite endearing but not particularly Norwegian. Duplicity, manipulation, deceit and action run through this story, keeping you wondering what will happen next and if everyone will survive.
I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, in exchange for an unbiased review. Rita was kind enough to give both Book One and Book Two for review.
Unfortunately, a different narrator read this sequel and her voice wasn't in line with the character. A thumbs down for that. (I should have given a thumbs up review for the narrator of Book One as I failed entirely to mention the narration).
The storyline continued to move swiftly and take me deeper into the world. As far as Raven's new attraction to Stephen, I felt there should have been more reason for it. I also missed the play for affection from Andras and was uncomfortable with his complete turnaround from my introduction to him.
Maybe in Book Three I will see support for emotions. I'm always attracted to the "Bad Boy" stories so I need to see a deeper, more conflicted side of Andras.
Paranormal-urban fantasy book lover!
I so much enjoyed the first narrators voice so much more than this ones. I feel she captured the essence of each character in a way that this one did not.
So we start off with a bang in this book and it is again action til the end. I love this authors pacing of her stories, I like fast and action packed so I loved this book.
I am anxiously awaiting the third book, not sure if it will be a different narrator all together next time either.
Start with book one, this is the 2nd book but,
Worth a credit - yes again!
"When will the next instalment be available"
Could not put this down. The characters are great, the way that the author describes the locations brings them to life in full colour.
Its one of those books that you don't see all the twists and lies until the last chapter. To really appreciate this book read Deception first.
“This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.”
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