Tor, 2014 (2014)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
as the third in Deborah Coates' modern fantasy series starring ex-Sergeant Hallie Michaels in South Dakota. Hallie returned from a tour in Afghanistan (where she died for seven minutes, changing her in significant ways) for her sister Dell's funeral. Back home she met a new romantic interest, clean cut deputy sheriff Boyd Davies.
, Hallie investigated Dell's death. She discovered that her sister had been murdered by Martin Weber, who gained his power over weather through blood sacrifices. Hallie took him down with Boyd's help. In
, Hallie met Death himself, and learned that Boyd's wife had been one of Death's two daughters. People mysteriously disappearing all over the region had been taken to the
, Travis Hollowell, seeking power. Of course, Hallie stopped him too, but had to let Boyd die (briefly) to do so. Their relationship hasn't been quite the same ever since.
eath asked Hallie to take his place in the under in
. She knows she doesn't want to, but wonders if this is an offer she'll be unable to refuse.
opens on a series of shootings. The first one kills a town resident who had long experimented with magic - a body and magical stones are found in her cellar. As Boyd investigates, hindered more than helped by DCI agents, Hallie receives strange messages telling her that it's time to face her fear. And Death's other daughter, Boyd's young sister-in-law Beth, shows up, demanding Hallie's help to get into the under.
allie eventually finds out that her past actions have left a crack open between her world and the under, a dangerous situation - can she resolve it without taking Death up on his offer? If you enjoy a mystery heavily laced with magic and horror, dive into this gripping, ghostly series. Fans will find
just as good as the first two episodes.
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