Warning: Cliffhanger (I never want to see this type of cliffhanger again already)
The City may be calm, but is the Hunter about to become the hunted?
For the first time in months the City is peaceful, so peaceful that Gabi’s suspension from the Societas Malus Venatori doesn’t feel like a punishment. Her relationship with Julius is stronger than ever and Kyle has finally found his soul mate, even if he seems to need some convincing. Gabi thinks boredom is her most serious problem. She couldn’t be more wrong.
The visitor Julius has been both expecting and dreading arrives, bringing with him dire news. An old enemy, out to destroy them, has revealed to the Masters of the Vampire race that Gabi is a Dhampir. The visitor’s presence also answers the question that’s been simmering in Gabi’s head for years; the truth of her origins. This truth brings with it a deeper understanding of the implications of her very existence, and she doesn’t like what she discovers. But it’s too late to change what’s been done and Julius must now answer to the Princeps’ Court.
As Gabi makes plans to leave the City, drawing danger away from friends and family, a dark prophesy by the Magi Oracles forces her to change course. She will not be leaving the City alone, and she will not be running from the threat. She, Julius and a handful of others will be heading straight into the mouth of the beast. They must present themselves at Court before the Princeps travel to the City and inadvertently uncover one of the most closely guarded secrets of the Magi world.
While the Princeps wear a face of impartiality and civility, what boils beneath the surface is a storm of selfishness, greed, lust and perversion. Danger lurks in every corner and it soon becomes clear that someone is determined to ensure that Gabi will never get the chance of a fair hearing.
Old friends and old enemies do what they have always done best, while new friends and new enemies emerge at every turn. Only one thing is sure; it’ll be a cold day in Hell before Hellcat goes down without a fight.
Put the coffee on and warm up your page-turning finger, it’s going to be a long night.
“I…I don’t know if what we share is love. The word seems too mild to explain what I feel for you. It’s not cute or schmaltzy or romantic. It scares me.”
ALL HAIL RAZOR! KING RAZOR!
Seriously, that cat is so overpowered it is incredible. What is Razor even made of? Adamantium? Has Wolverine been cursed into cat shape? This cat is awesome.
Gabi and Julius are just so perfect for each other. I literally never wanna leave their side. I feel like I’m addicted to the two of them together. If they aren’t together, if they aren’t circling around each other, I get frustrated and unhappy. They work so well together. They just manage to work as a couple really well. They support each other, even when they’re not.
The side romances are…. I won’t say they’re unnecessary. I will say they’re cheesy. The author really, really wants everyone to be happy and have their “one” at the end of this series. The side romances are also really “tell not show”, because everything is focused instead on Gabi and Julius. I’ve read a few series like this this year, where everyone is paired off at the end, and it never ever feels real. We’ll see on Hellcat.
The Princeps’ court is exactly what you expect out of it. The Princeps are factionous, they’re dangerous, they’re powerful. They have complete power over people except for other Princeps. Of course, some of them are more than willing to betray the main characters, even though they’re under the protection of the court. There are a few decent sounding Princeps, but a lot have some deep issues and reasons why they shouldn’t be there.
The reason we had to leave town is because the Oracles were warned about this. We also had to because apparently, the supernaturals are protecting a powerful source of power in their city. I groaned aloud when I read this. I hated it instantly. I hate how this is going to become a focus in the series from now on – how could it not? This is a little late in the game to be introducing this.
Lastly, I wanna bring up the Anita Blake influences A Cold Day in Hell has. The Hellcat series has always had these influences. Almost every single thing in the entire urban fantasy genre does (and I keep meaning to write a post on this). To get away from the influences of Anita Blake are hard, if not impossible unless you go back before it was written. Before A Cold Day in Hell, it was really low level, I noticed it, but it wasn’t overwhelming. That was not the case here. It was obviously directly influenced by Anita Blake. The biggest influence was about the little kid that was turned into a vampire (though that was previously regarded as impossible as laid out by the rules in the series) by a pedophile. It is like Hannaford told Hamilton “I can do that, but better”.
More, please! I just need more and more and more of Gabi and Julius. I’m greedy.
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