I’m Lucille Robinson (aka Jaz Parks).
This is a mission unlike anything my vampire boss, Vayl, and I have ever been on. It’s not our usual take-them-out-and-run; it’s an undercover mission that needs the whole gang: a psychic, an interpreter, and a weapons specialist.
We’ve never gone in which such heavy artillery before, but the more the merrier, right? Um…nope. At least not since Vayl and I learned part of our job is to ferret out a mole concealed in our unit.
To add to our problems, we’re being harried by a pack of reavers bent on revenge, and targeted by a Seer who wants to share Vayl’s power – at any cost. This is going to be a blast.
“Get ’em all drunk and hire some strippers, you’ll find out everything you need to know in twenty minutes.”
“Nice plan, in Miami. However there might be a shortage of strippers in Tehran.”
I first read this series what must be about ten years ago now. I don’t have anything more specific than that, because my reading logs aren’t that old. However, ever since I read it, this book has stuck out to me. And it sticks out because of one specific scene. I can be going along my daily life and all of a sudden think about that scene. It could be years since my last reread of it. But, I think of that scene and I laugh. It is without a doubt one of the funniest things I have ever seen or read. Seriously.
It is rivaled a scene later in the series.
Biting the Bullet isn’t all funny, though. This is actually a very serious book. Jaz and Vayl are having some relationship troubles as Vayl is being a selfish jerk and not thinking which is putting all the pressure of the mission on Jaz’s shoulders to deal with. Which isn’t very nice because the entire book is about trying to save Jaz’s brother and his team from some unknown spy. He is supposed to be supporting her, and he is just running off and doing all this shit because he cannot come to terms with the fact that his sons are dead, and even if they get reincarnated they aren’t going to be his sons anymore.
Plus there is all this shit going on with the demons. The two of them made the reavers in the previous book really mad. So Jaz ends up in actual hell to figure out what their plan of attack is. And they keep getting attacked while on the mission. Vayl doesn’t care because he is wrapped up in his own internal problems, and her brother doesn’t seem to care about all of that because his crew is in danger. Jaz is all alone, and she really is not stable enough for that! It is a hell of a book!
I love the introduction of the..well, I suppose they are a species. They wipe your ability to feel when you do violence on another person. Either the mahghul are entirely made up, or I’ve just never, ever seen them before. And that is the case with a lot of things in this series. Everything is so unique and well put together. They are not at all overdone. Even after many rereads I really enjoy reading about them and want to know more. It is nice to read something in urban fantasy not of the same ilk as everything else sometimes, even if this isn’t exactly new because it is a reread.
The overall story for the series is interesting, too. They’re finding out bits and pieces here and there. Hints are teased out after a lot of time and effort. That is so much better than the normal, where they say they’re going to be investigating things but then they go off and do other things and have sex, and then everything they need to know gets dropped in their lap by the end by pure coincidence. No, that isn’t what happens here. They’re actively working on the investigation, trying to find out what they have to know. The information has to be teased out of everything.
I love it.
I love this series.
I wish I could have more.
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