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3.0 out of 5 stars Satan's put a price on her head, 31 July 2009
This review is from: Eve of Chaos (Marked Novels) (Mass Market Paperback)
Life doesn't get any easier for Eve Hollis, bearer of the Mark of Cain and unwilling warrior for God, in this, the third of S. J. Day's Marked series, which takes up her story shortly after the conclusion of the previous book, Eve of Destruction. In the intervening time, Eve appears to have reached at least a temporary accommodation with her new reality as a celestial demon hunter, while simultaneously continuing her uneasy dance with both Cain, recently promoted to archangel, and Abel, whose interest in her continues to grow. All is not well, however, as increasing numbers of Infernals - demons dwelling on Earth - are congregating in southern California and more specifically around her, meaning that the Marks under Cain's command are being run ragged dealing with the dangers they pose. All becomes clear when an Infernal Eve is assigned to kill reveals that Satan has placed a bounty on Eve's head, meaning that every demon wishing to curry favour with the Prince now has her in his, her, or its sights.

To add to Eve's difficulties, Cain, who has been stripped of the ability to feel love for anything except God as a result of his promotion, is displaying distinctly un-angelic tendencies, behaving more like a stalker than a lover, and Abel is making greater efforts to win her affections, all while the three of them find themselves sharing an intimate mental bond, feeling the thoughts, memories and experiences of the others, often whether they want to, or not. As if this were not enough, the other archangels seem to be showing a marked lack of urgency in seeking to recover Raguel, currently a prisoner in Hell, and a demonic serial killer Eve believed she had vanquished in the first book, Eve of Darkness, makes his reappearance, attracting the unwelcome attention of the mortal police to her once more.

She thus has no choice but to navigate her way through a dangerous web of both Celestial and Infernal plots, and attempt to find out what Satan has planned, unravel the mystery of Cain's transformation and, arrange the rescue of Raguel, all while trying to both stay alive and deal with her own tumultuous feelings for the two brothers. In this she finds unlikely aid from Hank, a shape-shifting Infernal who has transferred his allegiance to the other side, and hindrance from the archangel Sarakiel, Abel's former lover who appears intent on winning him back.

Eve of Chaos is a worthy sequel to the first two volumes in the series, and Day keeps the plot moving at a smart pace: from the opening fight with a Japanese snow-demon at an O-bon festival to the final climactic battle, action and events come thick and fast, leaving one hardly a moment to pause for breath. More characters, Biblical, Infernal and Celestial are introduced, and even though many threads are neatly concluded at the end of the book, there are plenty of unanswered questions (and a final, somewhat contrived, cliff-hanger) to make one eager to read the next instalment of Eve's adventures. Eve continues to be an appealing protagonist, struggling to deal with her three-cornered love-life, while demonstrating that she is far more clever, capable and clear-sighted than at least some of her celestial superiors. Cain and Abel, too, continue grow as they contend with the changes Eve has wrought on their lives and relationship.

Overall, then, if you've enjoyed Eve's previous adventures, you'll enjoy this one, and find yourself hoping Day gets the next book out as quickly as possible.
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