The Black Sun’s Daughter #2: Darker Angels

Something’s getting in the way, something’s just about to break; I will try to find my place, in the diary of Jayné. Let’s try to find out place in Darker Angels, by M.L.N. Hanover.

Synopsis:

In the battle between good and evil, there’s no such thing as a fair fight.

When Jayné Heller’s uncle Eric died, she inherited a fortune beyond all her expectations — and a dangerous mission in a world she never knew existed. Reining in demons and supernatural foes is a formidable task, but thankfully Jayné has vast resources and loyal allies to rely on. She’ll need both to tackle a bodyswitching serial killer who’s taken up residence in New Orleans, a city rich in voodoo lore and dark magic.

Working alongside Karen Black, a highly confident and enigmatic ex-FBI agent, Jayné races to track down the demon’s next intended host. But the closer she gets, the more convinced she becomes that nothing in this beautiful, wounded city is exactly as it seems. When shocking secrets come to light, and jealousy and betrayal turn trusted friends into adversaries, Jayné will soon come face-to-face with an enemy that knows her all too well, and won’t rest until it has destroyed everything she loves most….

Source: Goodreads

SPOILERS BELOW

So, Jayné and her gang have returned to hunt more supernatural parasites from the Pleruma. This time, they’re joined by a former FBI agent tracking body-hopping, serial-killing loa whose next target is a psychically-gifted voodoo priestess in post-Katrina New Orleans. In other words, just another average day’s work for The Black Sun’s Daughter.

If I have a complaint about this book, it’s that the third-act twist is too predictable. Just last book, we had the twist of one of the team turning out to be a rider. Now that he’s been kicked out, a new member is brought in to replace him – and it’s constantly noted that she’s behaving strangely, that she’s keeping something a secret, that her plans and explanations regarding the target loa don’t quite make sense when examined too closely. What could possibly be the reason for this strange behavior!? So, when the big “reveal” was made, I was disappointed by how obvious it was. I don’t think it counts as a twist if a blind man could see it coming.

Well, aside from that, the book was perfectly fine. Plenty more interpersonal conflict between the team members to keep things lively, more teasing hints about Jayné’s past with the revelation of her mother having an affair, and a pretty interesting final battle featuring Legba and Marinette teaming up with the heroes against Carrefour.

So, overall, a decent book. Just… the next one better not also feature a new member joining the team and turning out to be a rider. You’ve played that card twice already now, and it’s getting old. It’s time for something new and different, if you please.

Final Rating: 3/5

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