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Jayné Heller has discovered the source of her uncanny powers: something else is living inside her body. She's possessed. Of all her companions, she can only bring herself to confide in Ex, the former priest. They seek help from his old teacher and the circle of friends he left behind, hoping to cleanse Jayné before the parasite in her becomes too powerful.
Ex's history and a new enemy combine to leave Jayné alone and on the run. Her friends, thinking that the rider with her has taken the reins, try to hunt her down, unaware of the danger they're putting her in. Jayné must defeat the weight of the past and the murderous intent of another rider, and her only allies are a rogue vampire she once helped free and the nameless thing hiding inside her skin.
Hanover (a pseudonym for fantasist Daniel Abraham) continues the Black Sun's Daughter urban fantasy series with this slow-paced fourth volume, sequel to 2010's Vicious Grace. Ever since Jayn Heller learned that her rich uncle was involved with the occult, she has wielded strange powers and won many fights she shouldn't have, which leads her to believe that she's possessed by a rider, or demon. Jayn seeks out a priest who might be able to get the hidden rider out of her body, but when an exorcism goes wrong, Jayn realizes there is another rider lurking around and that the demon inside her is the only one she can count on. Hanover's descriptive writing vividly captures the beauty of New Mexico and gives the book plenty of creepy atmosphere, but the gradual buildup of the plot will leave some readers wishing for more action and less introspection.