4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: Spellbent (Mass Market Paperback)
In the heart of Ohio, Jessie Shimmer is caught up in hot, magic-drenched passion with her roguish lover, Cooper Marron, who is teaching her how to tap her supernatural powers. When they try to break a drought by calling down a rainstorm, a hellish portal opens and Cooper is ripped from this world, leaving Jessie fighting for her life against a vicious demon that's been unleashed.
In the aftermath, Jessie, who knows so little about her own true nature, is branded an outlaw. She must survive by her wits and with the help of her familiar, a ferret named Palimpsest. Stalked by malevolent enemies, Jessie is determined to find out what happened to Cooper. But when she moves heaven and earth to find her man, she'll be shocked by what she discovers--and by what she must ultimately do to save them all.
This book was a lot fun. It had me laughing out loud and smiling all the way through -- there are some darker moments, especially towards the end, but in general, this is a lighter urban fantasy. The worldbuilding was refreshingly original with an interesting hierarchical system in Jessie's universe. I think people who like Tim Pratt and Karen Chance would really enjoy this book.
It wasn't perfect, hence the four stars. The plot... well there wasn't much of one. The main through line is Jessie finding her lover Cooper after he gets sucked into hell at the start of the book. But 150 pages in she hadn't actually done anything to start looking for him. What had gone on at that point was a lot of running around and such to sort her life out -- after she basically got shunned by the magical community. As a result the plots rather thin on the ground and not a lot happens in this department -- things happen, crazy funny things, but they're not heavily associated with actually finding Cooper. I also didn't like Cooper. I don't have much interest in reading about a juvenile 40 year old man going through an early mid-life crisis, and thus dating a 23 year old girl. He didn't do anything for me at all.
Aside from those criticisms, this was a very enjoyable and funny fantasy adventure. I'm interested in seeing more characters become introduced in future books because they were rather thin on the ground in this novel. Pal (Jessie's familar) and Jessie herself were my favourites by far! The author clearly has the talent to write great characters so I hope some more will be introduced in the future.