This sounds like a great book. Thanks Liz for telling us about it!
Marie Castle’s First Novel, Hell’s Belle: Book 1 of the Dark Mirror series
Revitalizes the Dark Urban Fantasy landscape
Lately, the fantasy landscape, regardless of sub-genre, has become littered with perfunctory, now cliché, devices: the detective agency run by supernatural beings, an individual whose magic is extraordinary for her generation, a council put into place to enforce the laws of magic use, and trips to hell replete with demons. In her novel, Hell’s Belle, Marie Castle indeed employs these ideas, however, she does so not only in an exceptionally clever manner, but she breaths new life into them. Perhaps I was drawn to her ability to blend a depth of literary knowledge and re-package it in a non-alienating manner; thereby leaving no reader out of the story. Blending depth of research into a very accessible story takes a deft hand, and Castle does that well. Yet, Hell’s Belle goes…
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