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Devil's Gate: A Novella of the Elder Races Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B0738NQLDG
- Publisher : Teddy Harrison LLC (22 August 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 2931 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 85 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 157,753 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The story here is pretty much as expected, there are some names from previous books and novellas, and other names that will no doubt turn up in the future, as will, I'm sure, a certain set of powerful Tarot cards...
What I particularly liked about this, and it's preceding novella Natural Evil (A Novella of the Elder Races) , is the sudden humour that has me laughing out loud. Medusae in this world are born with baby snakes that grow in length as the Medusa ages, so Seremla's are down to her waist, and when she's an old lady, they'll trail the ground behind her. But for now, hers are still considered young and, as the book puts it, they behave " ... like a pack of poorly trained poodles." I just loved that image, of her snakes misbehaving and ignoring her commands to just sit still! They participate in her life, and bring an interesting new dimension to the intimate side of the relationship that even the world-weary vampire has a momentary problem with!
This is an undemanding, quick read that probably works fine as a stand alone short story, but if you enjoy this series, then this adds to its world building.
Far shorter than the other books in the series, and lacking in action in general. The proportion of time that they spent in devil gate felt miniscule when it was the title of the book. Nonetheless Seremela and Duncan are a good couple and it was nice to see the writer use a less that perfectly human looking female as a main character. Explanations about the other types of supernatural and about Seremela's and Duncan's species are included in ways that do not patronize followers of the series, and add insight towards medusae.
If you are new to the series this book would as good a start as the first, giving a glance into the elder race world. The only comment would be that the other books have more "middle" to them. With more angst between the leads and obstacles to overcome.
Luckily for her, internationally famous lawyer - and vampyre - Duncan Turner is determined to help. That he's also funny, charming and gorgeous means Seremela and her head snakes might even enjoy on the trip.
Until they reach Devil's Gate and find it even worse than expected - and twice as dangerous.
The third of Thea Harrison's Elder Races novellas ( True Colors , Natural Evil ) sticks with the tarot deck format of seven themed chapters. Unlike the other novellas, however, both main characters have been seen before. In fact to get the most out of this story you probably need to have read Serpent's Kiss (Elder Races book 3) first.
Personally, although I enjoyed this, it felt too short. There's a lot going on in Devil's Gate, and this plot is left feeling a little flimsy, but anything more in depth would have needed a much bigger word count to tell.
The romance is also pretty low-key - until the last chapter - bubbling in the background while the politicking happens up front. I did love Seremela's head snakes, though, especially their reactions to Duncan, and the way he saw Seremela was pretty lovely.
Don't get me wrong, this is a good novella, neatly expanding the Elder Races world, while also exploring a couple of good minor characters. I just wish it could have been longer. Newcomers to the series should check out the other novellas and books first, but existing fans should find plenty to enjoy here. The next novella - Hunter's Season - looks pretty good too and should involve the Dark Fae.