Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Demon Trapper's Daughter: By Jana Oliver



Riley Blackthorne just needs a chance to prove herself – and that’s exactly what the demons are counting on…

Seventeen-year-old Riley, the only daughter of legendary Demon Trapper, Paul Blackthorne, has always dreamed of following in her father's footsteps. The good news is, with human society seriously disrupted by economic upheaval and Lucifer increasing the number of demons in all major cities, Atlanta’s local Trappers’ Guild needs all the help they can get – even from a girl. When she’s not keeping up with her homework or trying to manage her growing crush on fellow apprentice, Simon, Riley’s out saving distressed citizens from foul-mouthed little devils – Grade One Hellspawn only, of course, per the strict rules of the Guild. Life’s about as normal as can be for the average demon-trapping teen.

But then a Grade Five Geo-Fiend crashes Riley’s routine assignment at a library, jeopardizing her life and her chosen livelihood. And, as if that wasn’t bad enough, sudden tragedy strikes the Trappers’ Guild, spinning Riley down a more dangerous path than she ever could have imagined. As her whole world crashes down around her, who can Riley trust with her heart – and her life?


The Demon Trapper’s Daughter felt much more like a prequel setting the stage for the real story than a first novel in a series. The characters Den and Riley spent so much of the time dancing around issues and building the stage for the real action that I can’t wait for the next in the series but was a little disappointed with the level of action in this installment.

That said, I greatly enjoyed The Demon Trapper’s Daughter, and fully expect to read the next book in the series when it comes out. I found the story engaging (even though there could have been more action), the dialog well written, and the amount of mystery in the story act itself very exciting.

Of course besides those things, the characters and story line were great. I really liked the way Oliver switched back and forth between Riley and Den’s view. I also found the entire demon trapping world quite interesting. I think Oliver has more than a few surprises left up her sleeves and I personally can’t wait to see what she has in store.

8.5 out of 10


Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Published: February 1, 2011

Price: $9.99

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