The Demon Trapper's Daughter

Jana Oliver, St. Martin's Griffin, $9.99 trade paper (368p) ISBN 978-0-312-61478-2
The eternal war between good and evil finds a new battlefront in this successful urban fantasy, as Oliver (the Time Rovers series for adults), in her YA debut, spins the action-packed story of a young woman following in her father's footsteps. In the economically shattered Atlanta of 2018, everyone struggles to make ends meet, but the constant depredations of demons upon humans means there's always work for those daring enough to capture them. Unfortunately, when Riley Blackthorne loses her father to a particularly dangerous demon, she's forced to pick up where her father left off, despite still being an apprentice. But something big is brewing among the demons: they know her name, and they're actively hunting her. Despite a new master who hates her, a friendly rivalry with another demon trapper, the threat of her father's corpse being reanimated by necromancers, and the possibility of a full-on demon incursion, Riley is determined to prove her worth as a trapper, or die trying. With a strong female heroine, a fascinating setting, and a complex, thrill-soaked story, this series is off to a strong start. Ages 12–up. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 12/20/2010
Release date: 02/01/2011
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