With Halloween right around the corner, I thought it would be appropriate to review something a little scary. Okay maybe not too scary, I haven't been able to bring myself to read something from the horror genre, but at some point I will.
On the cusp of the demise of the 13th demon, the 12th demon tries to make his mark and take over 13's territory, but he is not the only one trying to do so. Raven is a woman with certain skills that make her appealing to those who want someone to wind up "in the gutter" so to speak. When she is hired to assisnate various members of Kendrick's board she runs into Jonathan Steel and is amazed he is still alive. She holds a portion of his past that he still struggles to remember. After seeing her he begins to get more memories back, but nothing concrete yet. He is working to obtain guardianship of Joshua who makes it his mission to save his girlfriend from people who believe themselves to be vampires and they try to "recruit" Joshua in the process. With a cast of interesting characters, will Jonathan be able to save Josh, regain his memories and defeat the 12th demon?
There is so much going on in this book that it is hard to pinpoint where to start this review, other than saying there is so much going on in this book. As a reader you don't know what is happening at times and may find yourself wanting to skip over parts of the book. Please don't do that because you may just miss something important. This is the second book in the Jonathan Steel series, following the 13th Demon. There is enough background included in this story that you don't need to read the first book to understand what is happening. We are given more to Jonathan's background but still some questions regarding who or what he is, Raven just adds to these questions.
The novel does hold on the readers from the beginning until the end, but I admit there are moments when the story felt like it dragged on and bordered upon the cliche especially with the inclusion of the wanna-be vampires. Josh continues to be the typical teenage boy and Hennigan does a great job at portraying his characters the way he intends. I love the way he writes and look forward to reading the next book in the series which is entitled.....11th Demon. Surprise right?
As for the rating I will give it a 3 out 5 because there were numerous moments when the story dragged on and some of the flashback parts felt forced and drull. That being said I do suggest this book to other thriller, spiritual thriller, even mystery fans.