If you have not read this series, I recommend you stop reading this review. There is a major spoiler in here that’s also listed on the synopsis (so no screaming, please). This book was a one-sitting read for me. I thought it was the best of the series so far. Jayne realizes that the source of her powers is not mojo placed on her by hear now dead uncle, but that she is possessed. Rut rowe!
Jayne 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 Jayne 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. Jayne 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.
After the horrifying incident in Chicago that occurred during the last book, Jayne finally figures out that she’s possessed and her friendly little possessor only comes out to play when she is about to suffer a serious beat down. She flees the country with Ex, leaving Chogyi Jake and the others behind. Ex takes her to visit his fellow priests and initially they do not believe that she really is possessed. When an exorcism goes awry, Jayne steps in and saves Ex from certain death. Only, it’s not really Jayne but the thing inside her that actually saves him and finishes the exorcism.
This book is at turns high action and uber creepy. It’s especially hair-raising when the rider talks to Jayne in her own voice. But…the darn demon is a smidge likeable. And Midian returns! I love that old freaky vampire. This book continues to explore the tenuous relationship between Jayne and Ex but in this book it seems like their relationship is strained to a breaking point. Jayne also has to accept the lesser of two evils in this book because when she tries to exorcise her own rider, another attempts to possess her. Working with the one that’s possessed her, she attempts to rid the priests and the town of the evil that has overtaken them.
I can’t wait to see where this series goes. The character growth has been amazing in all of these books. Jayne has come a long way from the college drop-out she was in the first book and has turned into a strong and capable woman. She realizes that her uncle was most likely a pretty terrible human being and has to deal with that in addition to everything else being thrown at her. Jayne has to make a lot of decisions in this book and it’s nice to see her strong and confident instead of floundering around.
I believe this series is under appreciated. You should go out and discover it immediately! The first two books are slow but that doesn’t mean they’re not good because they are. The first two books slowly build the world they’re in so readers can digest all of the information. The third and fourth books in this series grab you by the throat and take you under. Highly recommended!
Purchase Killing Rites