Friday, February 10, 2012
Jessie Shimmer Returns
SWITCHBLADE GODDESS by Lucy A. Snyder (2011 Del Rey / 323 pp / mmp)
The third in Snyder's Jessie Shimmer series finds our favorite mossberg-toting occult heroine sort-of recouping in a small Texas town after the events of SHOTGUN SORCERESS. Like the pervious novels, the action kicks right in: Jessie is on a mission to get her familiar, Pal, healed. He's still in the form of a giant arachnid yet has been sickened from bites by a pack of wererats. Standing in her way is the brutal demigoddess Miko, who has found a way to enter Jessie's 'hellement,' a personal realm that has now become a torture chamber for Jessie and her boyfriend Cooper.
Jessie is still trying to control her ectoplasm-firing hand as well as her mystic-stone eye. This time she's aided by her father (who commincates with her through compact mirrors), an energy potion concoted by her brother, and a humorous but sincere old witch who helps to heal Pal (I like what becomes of him).
Miko, the Switchblade Goddess of the title, is as sexy as she is hell-bent for blood and destruction. Her backstory is one of the finer sections of the novel, and the torments she imputes to Jessie are beyond grim.
I'm loving this fast-moving series that combines modern urban fantasy with generous amounts of horror, action, monsters, and the supernatural. Another cross-genre winner from Snyder.