Sunday, 17 October 2010

URBAN FANTASY REVIEW: Circus of Sins - Natasha Rhodes

Release Date: 13/05/10


When young vampire-hunter Kayla Steele is bitten by a werewolf, she thinks it's the end of her world. However, little does she know that the real end of the world is not that far away. Master vampire Harlequin has made a deal with the Devil and is now planning to commit the ultimate sin, killing an angel, which will trigger an ancient curse and bring about war in Heaven. If that happens, it will be the end of mankind forever. Kayla's only hope now lies in a mysterious stranger named Niki, who knows where the angel is being kept. Together, they must rescue the angel before midnight on Sunday in order to stave off Armageddon. But unless Niki is who he claims to be, the stakes just got one hell of a lot higher...


Authors within the Urban Fantasy genre are taking some big risks with characters with some of the flaws that they’re adding, but they seem to pay off in the long run as it allows the reader to get to grips with their foibles which then allows a more human countenance. What Natasha has done, which may be a bit difficult for a number of readers to swallow is have an addiction to heroin that really does give the character realistic traits. Her writing is hardcore, her style of storytelling brutal but it’s the way in which the characters come across that make you stay for the duration of the story. It’s well written, it definitely something different although to be honest I wouldn’t advise jumping into this without having read the other titles in the series first. If you have gentle sensibilities this may not be the best author for you, but if you’re looking for something fresh and different then she’s definitely worth a punt.

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