Demons, demons everywhere -- and they're really ticking off the indomitable Raine Benares. Fans can rejoice as über-talented Shearin dishes up more hilarious mayhem. Snappy dialogue, great pacing and two seriously sexy heroes ensure hours of nonstop pleasure. Raine is sassy and irreverent, and this book is an auto-buy!

Despite having saved lives during a recent violent attempt to steal the enormously dangerous Saghred, seeker Raine can feel a theoretical noose tightening. Because she's reluctantly bonded with the Saghred and its power, various factions of elves, goblins and demons all want her dead or in their control. Besides her infamous pirate family, the only people Raine trusts are paladin Mychael Eiliesor and goblin dark mage Tamnais Nathrach.

The ties between the three get really complicated when they're inadvertently magically bonded. When someone opens a hellgate and demons start invading, Raine knows she and the Saghred are the primary targets. If any of them are to survive, Raine is going to have to think quickly! (ACE, May, 384 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith