Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Review "Soul Thief" by Jana Oliver

Soul Thief (The Demon Trappers #2)
Soul Thief (Demon Trappers #2)
Publication Date: August 30, 2011
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Paperback 339 pgs

     Soul Thief starts soon after the devastating attack on the Demon Trappers at the Tabernacle. Riley's life seems to be falling apart. Not only was her boyfriend Simon nearly killed but her father, who she was protecting from poaching, was reanimated by a powerful being. There is also a freelance Demon Hunter in town. He seems to be there when ever Riley is trouble. Then there is Denver Beck. He is helping Riley financially as well as with her apprenticeship. Because of the attack, the Vatican is sending a team of Elite Demon Hunter's to Atlanta. Which is bound to cause issues with the local Demon Trappers. As Riley tries to solve the mystery of who is behind her fathers reanimation, as well as what is going on with the Holy Water in Atlanta. She must also try to figure out who is really what they claim to be?

     We return to Riley's world where things have shifted for her once again. The Hunters have come to town and to say that Trappers and Hunters don't get along is an understatement. The Hunters seem to be all powerful. I hate when the characters I like get harassed and never seem to win. The Hunters are kind of like bullies that don't have to follow everyone else's rules because they have more money and are backed by the Vatican. Another interesting aspect of this book is that we learn more about some of the necromancers that visited Riley during The Demon Trapper's Daughter, like Mort and Lenny as well as what happens to some of the people that get reanimated. It's a disturbing part of the Demon Trappers world, one that I am glad that doesn't exist in our world.

     Riley's life is falling apart. She's not only trying to solve the mystery of the Holy Water, but she also needs to find out who reanimated her father as well as come to terms with all the death she witnessed during the attack on the Tabernacle. She's not only dealing with her grief but with the difficulties of being alone. Though she seems to be overwhelmed she has an inner strength mixed with determination that keep her from completely falling apart. She's also really smart. Which will help her as she tries to figure out what is going on with the Holy Water. Plus, she has some really good friends that help her out from time to time. One thing I like about Riley is that she learns from her mistakes. Though she still makes mistakes since she is still discovering who she is. Which makes her seem more believable.If she was perfect she would get annoying but her mistakes make her human. On top of all her problems it seems as though she is being stalked by a Grade 5 demon who is determined to kill her. Riley is still an apprentice to Master Harper and we get to see more of the relationship between him and Riley. 

     Another big part of Riley's life is her relationship with Beck. Their relationship is still complicated. Though the two do spend some time together, they have a hard time getting a long for extended periods of time. I like that we are able to get some of the story from Beck's POV. I think it allows readers to get a better understanding of why he does what he goes as well as his complicated feelings for Riley. I like that Beck is a man of his word. When he tells Riley he will be there for her he means it. He continues to help her out financially. He is quite protective of Riley and does all that he can to keep her out of harms way. Though it is difficult at times since Riley doesn't always listen to what he has to say. Beck also has other things to worry about. He is spending a great deal of his time dealing with the Hunters. Beck has been appointed the media liaison for the Trappers which means he must field questions from freelance reporter, Justine Armando. 

     One of my favorite parts of these books besides the characters are the mysteries that have developed. Some of the questions I wanted answered after reading The Demon Trapper's Daughter were answered in Soul Thief but there are still a ton of questions I am waiting to get answered. Which is part of the fun. Learning information bit by bit as we delve into the world of Demon Trappers.The ending of this novel had me eager for the next installment in this series. Riley made some questionable choices and I'm interested to see what the fallout will be not only for her but for those around her. Overall, I really enjoyed this book even though at times I wish that Riley didn't have to suffer so much. Which makes me think Jana Oliver did a great job of creating a likable character that readers care about.

     I like the cover of Soul Thief it fits with the first cover yet isn't entirely the same. Riley is sitting in a graveyard where she unfortunately spends a lot of her time. And I am a fan of the color blue which takes up half the cover.

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