cover image Hellbent


Cherie Priest. Spectra, $15 trade paper (352p) ISBN 978-0-345-52062-3

Vampire thief Raylene Pendle is back for more mysteries and mayhem in the entertaining sequel to February's Bloodshot. When Raylene's agent hires her to steal some magical bones, the vampire has no idea how much trouble she's in for. After dodging sorcerous lightning sent by a powerful witch who also wants the bones and has no qualms about unleashing the forces of nature against her enemies, Raylene and Adrian, a Navy SEAL turned drag queen, get involved in trying to solve a suspicious death and must navigate some tricky political situations involving vampire Houses. Raylene's sharp humor and sly observations about life as a thief and a vampire are the highlight of this engaging book. However, readers expecting answers to the conspiracy story arc raised in Bloodshot will be disappointed by the lack of focus. (Sept.)