Friday, May 11, 2012

Unclean Spirits

Unclean Spirits by M. L. N. Hanover is the first book in an urban fantasy series called The Black Sun's Daughter. Jayné Heller is a college drop out with no friends, family or direction in life. Her uncle Eric dies and leaves her his vast fortune. She also gets dropped into the deep end of a world she never imagined existed.

Eric Heller was, for lack of a better term, a demon hunter. In the book they're called "riders" because they jump into a human and take control of his/her body. When a rider hit squad tries to kill her and fails, Jayné is introduced to a whole new world. Before long she learns the name of the rider who killed her uncle. Like most "good guys" she immediately decides that she has to finish Eric's work and kill the monster who murdered him.

Of course things aren't that simple.

The book is fast paced. The characters are interesting. In the beginning, I  found Jayné's "poor me I'm all alone" annoying. Luckily for her, she pulls herself together and gets on with the job. There's humor in the story which is a good thing. It can't all be death and demons. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

There was one little thing that bugged me. The main character's name, Jayné, is pronounced zha-nay. She has to keep mentioning that people are calling her "Jane" but she doesn't correct people. It's only the readers who are subjected to it ever and over when she says she doesn't correct them. I don't see the point in giving a character an odd name other than to add words to the overall word count.

A related peeve is the author's use of not one, not two but three initials instead of a first name. What the heck's up with that?

Last peeves: Truth in advertising. If you look at the cover she seems to have a short sword in her hand. The only weapon she uses in the book is a rifle. In the book the tattoo on her back is described as looking like Asian script. The tattoo on the cover doesn't look Asian or script-like at all.