Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Dancing With Demons - by Lori Handeland - A Phoenix Chronicles Novella

4 of 5 Stars

Finally...another story in the Phoenix Chronicles series.  It's been 4 years since Lori Handeland gave us anything in this world.  Not fair, especially with the fate of the world left hanging at the end of Apocalypse Happens.

Granted, Dances With Demons, does little to resolve any of those loose ends, but it does mean the Phoenix Chronicles are at least on the author's mind.  Maybe there's hope for more in the future.

Anyone who reads my reviews with regularity will likely wonder why I'm reading this type of book.  Actually, I always feel like I just came from an "Adult" book store when I'm finished, but aside from the sex, of which there is plenty, I happen to enjoy the creatures in Lori's stories.

In Dances With Demons, minor character, Susan Murphy takes center stage.  Susan is BFF with Liz Phoenix, leader of the light, who is off trying to keep the apocalypse from happening.

The author often embues her characters with just the right amount of snarkiness.  For example,  "...then turned to face my mother-in-law, a woman who did not look in any way like she answered to the sweet granny name of Mam.  If I hadn't wanted to keep on her good side, I would have been tempted to address her as Cruella.  Not that she'd skinned any puppies lately, though I wouldn't put it past her."

I'm not going to delve into the plot here, let's just say it's a pretty good mix of monsters and softcore porn and leave it at that.

Dances With Demons is available now in paperback and for the Kindle at  If enough of us pick this up, perhaps it will encourage the author to get to work on another full length book in the Phoenix Chronicles series.  I can dream, can't I?

By the way, this novella works OK as a stand alone story, but I recommend reading the entire series.

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