Death's Hand

Death's Hand

Death s Hand Policing relations between Heaven Hell and Earth is messy and violent but Elise Kavanagh and James Faulkner excelled at it until coming across a job so brutal that even they couldn t stand to see o

  • Title: Death's Hand
  • Author: S.M. Reine
  • ISBN: 9781937733001
  • Page: 382
  • Format: ebook
  • Policing relations between Heaven, Hell, and Earth is messy and violent, but Elise Kavanagh and James Faulkner excelled at it until coming across a job so brutal that even they couldn t stand to see one dead body.Now they ve been pretending to be normal for five years, leaving their horrific history a dark secret Elise works in an office James owns a business NonPolicing relations between Heaven, Hell, and Earth is messy and violent, but Elise Kavanagh and James Faulkner excelled at it until coming across a job so brutal that even they couldn t stand to see one dead body.Now they ve been pretending to be normal for five years, leaving their horrific history a dark secret Elise works in an office James owns a business None of their friends realize they used to be one of the world s best killing teams.After years of hiding, something stirs Bodies are vanishing Demons scurry in the shadows of the night A child has been possessed.Some enemies aren t willing to let the secrets of the past stay dead

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    ➽ The MacHalos didn't LOVE this one so Elise Kavanagh Shall Kick their Shapely Asses and I Shall Annihilate them All Buddy Read (TMdLtosEKSKtSAaISAtABR™). Friendly warning: you don't want to read this non-review, it's spectacularly crappy and totally not worthy of this mostest awesomest series.● Previous rating: 3.5 stars. But that was for the books 1-3 bundle as a whole so it doesn't count and stuff. ● New rating: 3.5 stars. Because I'm biased and stuff.Okay, so if I wasn't totally full [...]

    *** 3.75 *** A buddy read with The MacHalos, who have not given up on the UF Genre yet:):):) So, I had never heard of this series and had absolutely no expectations going in. My friends Sara and Maria like it, so this was a good enough incentive for me to read it:) And I am glad I did.Death’s Hand is the first book in The Descent series by S. M. Reine and it opened up with a set of engaging scenes, which had me hooked pretty much straight up. It is a well thought-out story with a different loo [...]

    The ever changing timeline in the beginning was confusing. Elise was not a likeable character. The author didn't explain any of the demons or other working of her world. Building thereof, not much.The writing didn't seem so bad early on, but the story was mostly meh for me. James was more likeable than Elise, but I did not connect with either of them and the plot never grabbed me.The first and only time in this book that I thoroughly enjoy the action, one of the sidekicks was in a fight scene. H [...]

    Holy hell. What a ride!The story begins several years after the events in the novella, Death's Avatar. After saving the world, the demon-slaying duo, Elise and James, are now retired and doing their best to lead normal, quiet lives. Elise is, of all things, an accountant, and her witchy companion, James, has a dance studio. The biggest concern Elise has is keeping her business afloat.until James asks her to meet with the Martinez family, whose young daughter, Lucinde, may be possesed by a demon. [...]

    3.5 starsI have mixed feeling for this book. The pros: Elise as a heroine did not have a god complex. Woohoo!She was accessible without coming across as weak. She didn't rely on the love of a man to make her feel empowered, although she had unrequited feelings for James that left her confused. There was never a dull moment and the action was top notch. S.M. Reine sure does know how to write about demons! The cons: Major lack of development with both the main and secondary characters, also, there [...]

    This was a freebie of 3 books in the series, but I only partially read the first and won't read the others. I was fighting off a snore. Too much action, not enough reason to care for the characters. Nailed in this review: /review/show

    I usually love supernatural/paranormal type stories, but I wasn't a fan for this one. I read another series by this author, Seasons of the Moon, and even though I was able to get through it, it was still pretty bad. With this one, I couldn't even get through the first book and I have all three. Needless to say, although there was tons of action, the story just didn't draw me in, the characters seemed really flat, most I couldn't really even picture. I read up to chapter 17 and with that, all I k [...]

    MacHalo GroupBook of the Month for September, let me know if you want in on this action if you're not already a member.

    3.5 starsGood start for the series. I loved all the action and information on the different demons. Can't wait to continue to see what happens next.

    I’m going for non-spoilery, so bear with me here. Okay, it starts with a bang — a scene in the past with the two main characters, Elise and James, who were powerful hunters of evil. Something horrific happened and they retired. We are thrust into the present time, where Elise and James are living out their very normal lives. That is until they end up trying to exorcise a little girl.It gets worse.As an aside, I have to say: I’m not familiar with actual exorcism or demonology. I believe the [...]

    Looking at the other reviews for this book I feel a little guilty giving it only the one star. The truth is I couldn't bear to read past the first chapter. I found the style of writing so off-putting that I was constantly distracted from the story by what I perceived as poorly-constructed sentences. The section that drew the line under this book for me was when a seven year old girl is handed a pair of swords for her birthday then slays her first demon. This was followed by the following words:" [...]

    I was excited when I first learned Reine has a new series coming out, since she’s one of my favourite indie authors. Where ‘Seasons of the Moon’-series is more about a teenage girl trying to find her way, Death’s Hand gives us an adult main character with a new set of problems.The book opens with a scene from days gone, where James meets Elise the first time — or ‘meets’ might be a wrong word since he finds her in the middle of Russian woods with a stack of dead bodies. The opening [...]

    The quickest review known to man kind: Characters I'm in love with Elise, she's so badass and awesome. I felt like James was a bit flat - his story got really nerve wracking at the end, and I had no fear whatsoever. I would've been sad for Elise if something had happened to him, but not sad to lose him as a character. I liked the idea of introducing regular people to a fantasy world, but I felt their story was a bit rushed. Not the relationship side of things - the friendships and more-than-frie [...]

    I wanted to like this one more than I did. People whose opinion on books I respect recommeded it highly. But it just didn't grab me. I found the constant battle with fiends tedious, the flipping between past & present annoying and the lack of explanation about pretty much Elise and James entire back story frustrating. Why have the prologue of Elise discovered in Russia with the bodies and the mark on her hand if it isn't relevant to the story? How did J & E become kopsis & aspis? Why [...]

    I am very excited to tell you about this book as it is the best book I have read in the paranormal realm. It starts by introducing you to a retired exorcist and sword Elise Kavanaugh and to her sheild & witch James Faulkner. The book begins by letting you know these two went into retirement and hiding after they saved the world. Living in hiding, Rylie as an accountant to the demon world and James as a dance studio owner and head of his local coven, is not making them rich. But they're alive [...]

    I found it a little confusing with the jumping back and forth between years and some background would have been nice in order to understand what was going on. The last few chapters, once I finally had the background and things made sense did I start to enjoy the action and plot. Overall I found for a first book not enough for me to continue with the series. Then I find out I should have read the novella/prequel first and that is difficult for me to understand. I know novellas are a way to get th [...]

    If Stephenie Meyer's books and Michael Bay's movies had a love child that was (if possible) more plot-less that its parents, it would be this book. It's no secret that my guilty pleasure is urban fantasy, but even this book lost me. Lots of plot points that went no where and SO MUCH ACTION. That only marginally works for Michael Bay, but it doesn't translate into novel form very well. I got the first three books in the series either free or super cheap on amazon. I have no intention of reading t [...]

    This was a solid effort and an intriguing urban fantasy world with unique aspects that furthered my interest and held my attention. This is definitely an author I would like to follow. She displays real talent with her creation of the character duo of Elise and James and the world that she transports us to. I believe there's more to James than meets the eye and much more in store for Elise and James as a team and potential couple. Some bonds cannot be broken, and that's the impression I got of t [...]

    Elise is a kopis. A fighter of demons, and exorcist, a warrior for the light and innocent against the dark. Or she was anyway. She's retried, she's an accountant now. Of course she may have to poke some of her clients with sharp things now and then to make them pay – demons can be pretty stingy – but she's put all of that demon killing behind her now after a particularly horrifying experience where she nearly lost everything.Except James, her apis, her shield and childhood mentor, isn't so w [...]

    Okay, I’m playing catch up in a serious way. You may have noticed that I’ve jumped around on my S.M. Reine reads. I got my hands on her Ascension series and I couldn’t wait to read them…. so I did. Even though I knew that those books (and her new Preternatural Affairs series) are based on characters introduced in both her Descent series and her Seasons of the Moon series – both of which I haven’t finished. It was risky and I’ll never know what my take on these books would have been [...]

    I really, really wanted to like this book/series. But I could hardly follow the story, much less enjoy it. I felt like I was plopped down in the middle of a story even though this is the first book in the series. It is written non-chronologically, which usually isn't a deal-breaker for me, but in this case the past and the present are neither parallel in conflict nor is the past thrown in at an appropriate time to illuminate the present. In other words, it seems like the sections detailing the p [...]

    Oooh! I sense the potential for greatness to come (view spoiler)[yes, I've check it out and the ratings skyrockets as the series progresses (hide spoiler)].After a months-long binge read of UF series, all of which written from the prospective of this heroine or that, the third person narrative and the multiple POVs felt refreshing and particularly fitting for the story S.M. Reine is setting up. The atmosphere is stern and pretty dark: the book is suffused with a sense of uncertainty which the th [...]

    Not long ago, I read another of S.M. Reine's novels, Witch Hunt, and, while I didn't click with the main character, I liked the author's voice and writing style enough to try the beginning trilogy of her Descent Series which includes Death's Hand, The Darkest Gate, and Dark Union. Happily, it's free at . I love the main character, Elise Kavanagh, demon hunter and Godslayer. She's a seriously flawed character, trying to change and live a "normal" life, until her past catches up with her (doesn't [...]

    Thank goodness I got this one for free (I actually got the first 3 for free tho I won't read #2 or #3). At first the story jumped from past to present so many times I couldn't quite be sure when I was until a page in. I never connect with the characters. Any of them. At all. Then when the 'poopy' started to hit the fan, Elise was capable of fighting through any injury and any amount of pain. Completely unbelievable. (view spoiler)[ And Elise was MAGICALLY capable of fixing everything. Like, oh w [...]

    Free today, 15th Jul 2013, on . Get it here.Actually, all three of them are free!Book #2 is free here.Book #3 is free here.

    I really wanted to like this more because the prequel, Death's Avatar, was awesome. For some reason, in the three-book box set I have, the author has pasted the entire prequel into Death's Hand in two great big flashback chunks, which just did not work at all. It made the whole thing clunky and messy and I soon got so irritated my attention began waning. Add to this the wussiest love interest I've ever encountered and sorry. I'm outta here.

    A compelling novel, with tight writing, crisp action and cutting originality. I love the paranormal aspects of it and the cast of characters is lively. Will read more by this author!

    I have mixed feelings about this book. Reine definitely has a way with words, and the writing was decent, but the flashbacks were jarring and a few things about this story didn’t totally add up.The first 50-70 pages make it difficult to tell what’s going on or where the story is going. The prologue confused the hell out of me because it doesn’t tie in to anything that happens and isn’t explained until very far along in the story. When I was offered this book for review, it was the first [...]

    Read as part of the Get Through The Crap On Your Kindle You Stubborn Eejit reading challenge. An urban fantasy young adult story written by someone who can actually string two sentences together. Two retired demon hunters realise the demons are still there and begin the killing all over again Unfortunately, there wasn't much else to enjoy. The world building was non-existent and the underworld vibes were lacking. Occasionally the dialogue was fine, but other times it would either sink to the dep [...]

    Originally reviewed for and posted at Vampire Book ClubRating (out of 5): 3.5 starsThe deadliest of all the Kopis (demon hunters) is not a title you can get away from easily, but that’s exactly what Elise has been trying to do. Rescued by James after being kidnapped and orphaned, Elsie spent her teenage years traveling and killing hell’s worst with him, her Aspis, at her side. After a near-fatal run in with a death goddess, the pair decided it’s high time for retirement.Five years later, E [...]

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