Rating: 3 stars out of 5
I would love to have rated this story higher, but it was so complex, so detailed, and included flashbacks that encompassed hundreds of years and was interwoven with the first story, I got lost and found and lost again. It may have been me, but it wasn’t as fast-paced, interesting, and engrossing as book one and definitely did not hold my attention.
Hundreds of years ago, Mullins was lured into Hell in an effort to protect his sister from witch hunters who would have seen the little girl’s visions of “the nice red man” as nothing more than witchcraft. In Hell, he made friends with Leonard Youngblood, who we met in the previous book. Leonard was pulled from Hell by the woman he loves, when at that time, she also distributed her magic among three young boys who then became cat familiars. The first story was of Harry, one of the boys who fell in love with the angel, Suriel. They managed to eventually get Suriel mortal. Now, in a similar effort, they are trying to get their friend and protector, Mullins, from his eternal life in Hell. To do that, they embark on a quest to find items on a list that will form a strong spell able to break him out. The journey is fraught with danger, not only from encounters along the way, but also danger from Mullins’s boss in Hell. Because Mullins hasn’t been following the rules for demons in Hell and it’s starting to be noticed.
Many times, over the course of the last eight years of reading Amy Lane’s work, I’ve paused to wonder how anyone’s mind can possibly create such diverse stories. The world of the Goddess, the Johnnies, Talker, the Fish series, and more cement my love for her work. The fact her stories are so well-written and make me feel a part of the action, and I have no worries about stumbling over inconsistencies or misspelled words is a complete bonus. This particular story is a prime example of her creative imagination, but I faltered in following it. Possibly that’s due to some of my own life complexities right now, so I hate to leave a poor review. I can only say that Mullins was a very sympathetic character and Edward the perfect mate for him. The brothers, especially Bel and Francis were supportive, at times funny, and at other times extremely sympathetic. I suspect the story for Bel and Francis will be quite different, extremely interesting, and not too far in the distant future. I’m looking forward to that one, for sure.
The cover for this story, by Reese Dante, is bright, colorful and the perfect image of Mullins in human form.
Expected publication: February 12th 2019 by Dreamspinner Press
SeriesFamiliar Love #2