Book: Fire (The Ninth Circle 1) by C.A. Harland
Release Date: October 22nd 2017
Rating: 3,5 out of 5 stars
I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Tala Morgenstern lives for the hunt, embracing her heritage as a demon hunter. When her younger sister, Hartley, disappears while on the trail of her long-lost father, Tala must seek the help of her other sister Aiva, who has turned her back on the underworld of magic and hunting. Suspecting demonic involvement, Tala and Aiva race to find Hartley before she can be claimed by hell.
Their search takes them deeper into the bowels of Dublin’s criminal underground, where the gangs are led by demons, and the currency is souls. With each Circle of hell bringing new dangers, and new revelations about their own place in the demon hunting world, Tala and Aiva have to rely on each other if they are to stand a chance of fighting their way to the Ninth Circle, and the demon lord who is waiting for them.
Fire is a book that drew my attention on Netgalley for two reasons. The cover that is stunning. And the synopsis. That synopsis breaths female Supernatural to me. But I was curious to see how that would be done differently yet still create a great supernatural world. At the end I was left unsure of how to rate this book though.
Overall I enjoyed this book. It is a supernatural world with hunters, demons and other supernatural creatures. Of course I was going to love that. However the catch here is that the synopsis screams Supernatural the tv show, the whole story does that to me. And I don’t necessarily mean that as a compliment. The book starts with two sisters. One who is still a hunter and the other who has moved away from the hunting life. They have a third sister who has disappeared and they have to find her. Their mother is dead. But they have a friend of hers who they can go to for information on supernatural things. If you have watched the tv show you know how similar this is. And there were small things throughout the story that gave me the similar feeling. The thing is, I understand that the tv show has already done so much so it is hard to not create that feeling. But I think it is a bit much. And in that regard, I don’t think it has the ability or the depth to move away from its similarity to the tv show. I hope however that the second book will do that.
It doesn’t help that the book feels like it is running through a season. The chapters are called episodes and sometimes there is the potential for a whole hour long episode in a chapter. Of course that doesn’t quite work on the page and sometimes it feels like I am reading a summary of an episode almost. Basically I miss depth here. More depth into the characters and their relationships. It skims the surface here or there but never does more than that. It is a shame because I think this does have such potential to be a great book.
Certainly the circles of demons as shown here are really interesting. And I would love to learn more about the circles and how they work together on things. I was very happy that the main characters were females for this. Tala is very rough around the edges and I would love to dive a bit deeper into her as a character. Certainly more than was done now. Her sister prefers book (who doesn’t really) and is perhaps more of the planning and information type of character. I had a harder grasping her character. Some of the side characters were also interesting and a great add.