Josh Reviews: Blessed by the Demon’s Mark by E.S. Moore

Posted August 24, 2013 by Joshua Burns in Josh, Reviews, Urban Fantasy, Werewolves / 4 Comments

Josh Reviews: Blessed by the Demon’s Mark by E.S. Moore
Blessed by a Demon's Mark by E.S. Moore
Series: Kat Redding #3
Published on: December 31, 2012
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Werewolves
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback
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In a job like this, there’s no retirement plan.


Kat Redding’s life is dangerous enough when she’s hunting the rogue vampires who prey on Pureblood humans. But now that Kat is thinking of getting out of the killing business, she’s faced with a slew of new problems. Like the demon Beligral, who offers help at an escalating cost, and the werewolf cult with whom she’s entwined professionally and personally. And then there’s Countess Baset—the terrifying vampire who wants Kat to become her personal assassin.



Blessed by a Demon’s Mark tells its tale of murder and deceit without the hint of a smirk, wink, or flirt.   Kat Redding’s modes: pissed or enraged.   Time to sit back and engage with pop culture exists not.

For some this vanilla, all blood and all betrayal, read will fulfill Urban Fantasy’s core requirements, fantastical happenings in an urban jungle, without the constant insertion of irony, backtalk, and snappy dialogue which usually engulfs the genre.

This late in the series, at least, three different factions are vying for Redding’s Next Top Enemy.   This gives the book a feeling of irresolution concerning the previous happs. and those to come.   What exactly was accomplished here?   You’ll be asking that.

If one accepts this as the rather dry, all gore and all grim, read it is, one can somewhat delight in Redding’s inability to manage the most basic social interactions and I am not saying that in a “she usually gives away more information than she’s supposed to” sense but rather a “she explodes on the people most capable of helping her and attempts to block them completely out as if they would not be endangered no matter due to their proximity to her”.

I would have preferred more exposition and thinking on Redding’s part.   It is not that she suffers from a death wish like some protagonists but her motives and to-do list are not usually clear.   Certain voyages appear out of the blue, quite in contradiction to the absolute red everything else is painted in.

Maybe Redding in general suffers from a failed evolution.   Whereas she could have taken the path to humoring the situation, she instead takes them seriously enough that others suffer bloody consequences.   Thus everything surrounding her looks to be a tragedy.


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My Review



Recommended: For the deadly serious
Like this, like that: Monster Hunter International series by Larry Correia and the Dark Brethren series by Tracey O’Hara



Josh

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