Handeland is back with a striking new series, The Phoenix Chronicles, narrated by a heroine thrown headfirst into
a fairly apocalyptic scenario. With sex and power intertwined, there's a decidedly sexy edge to this book. Handeland looks to have another winner of a series on her hands!

While ex-cop Liz Phoenix has always known she was psychic, she's not aware of the frightening destiny that awaits her. When her foster mother, Ruthie, is brutally attacked, she manages to tell Liz before she dies that "the final battle" has begun, and Liz must fight it.

It's up to fellow ex-foster kid Jimmy Sanducci to fill in the blanks. Ruthie had been a powerful seer, and Jimmy her demon-killing tool. Now it's up to Liz. Despite her reservations, she has no choice, for someone or something is sending nasty supernatural assassins after her. (ST. MARTIN'S, Nov., 352 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith