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Born from a lab-enhanced clone mother and an Aedh father, Risa Jones can not only talk to the souls of the dying and the dead, but she can see reapers and walk the grey fields that divide this world from the next. They are skills she rarely uses, however. But when her mother asks her to help the parents of a little girl locked in a coma, she reluctantly agrees. What she discovers terrifies her: someone has ripped the girl's soul from her flesh.
As it turns out, a creature consuming the souls of the innocent - and not so innocent - is the least of her problems. Because someone wants to rip open the gates that divide hell from earth, and Risa is a key component in their plans. And the only person standing between her and disaster is a reaper who isn't exactly on her side.
Keri Arthur's new Dark Angels series launch expands the world of her Riley Jenson Guardian series, a generation later. Australian restaurateur Risa Jones is half werewolf, half Aedh (a race that can dissolve into mist), and daughter of earlier protagonist Dia Jones. While helping one of her clairvoyant mother's clients, Risa discovers a soul stealer. Later events reveal a calamitous plot that may involve Risa's mysterious father and the keys to hell's gates. As Risa tries to stop the soul stealer and understand the significance of the keys, she gets a little help from her friends: a hacker, an inscrutable reaper with his own game plan, and an Aedh she meets and beds along the way. A well-foreshadowed but still shocking d nouement may bother some readers, but as always, Arthur uses the sacrifice to power a thrilling ride.