My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I chanced upon this urban fantasy and in spite of its typical sexualized UF heroine cover, it was entertaining. Jayne (French pronounciation though no one gets it right and she doesn’t ever correct anyone) Heller just had her world turn upside down. She’s the black sheep of the family, a college drop out and has no interest in her father’s ultra conservative, ultra religious fundamentalist lifestyle. Her favorite uncle, the one she’s been forbidden to talk to, Eric Heller has left her his estate.
To her shock, Uncle Eric had multiple homes and millions of dollars. But she’s also inherited something else: a bit of her uncle’s fighting ability which will come in handy as Eric fought demons known as ‘riders.’ There are different types of riders giving rise to vampires, werewolves, etc. To guide her, is the handsome Aubrey, a biologist specializing in parasitology which is how the riders function. Aubrey helped Eric as well.
Jayne finds out about all this after finding what she thought was a corpse in her father’s house but Midian isn’t dead. He is something else, cursed and immortal for centuries. They’re immediately attacked by Randolph Coin’s men (Coin being the man who killed her uncle). Jayne kicks butt in a way she didn’t know she could. Aubrey brings in Eric’s other two helpers to get rid of the bodies, the very Zen Chogyi Jake and the ex-Jesuit, Ex.
Once Jayne gets her head wrapped around the fact that riders are real (helped along by Candace and Aaron, people who had called Eric for help after Aaron was shoved into their German Shepard’s body by a rider), she along with her companions, set their sights on stopping Coin and the Invisible College, who are hell bent on making more riders.
Over all, it was pretty good. It had a lot of action and Jayne is fairly smart and capable. Occasionally she needs rescued a bit in the beginning but I’m forgiving of that since she literally has no idea what’s going on and how to do it and her companions DO know so that makes sense. I’d be interested in seeing the next in the series.
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