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Caleb has spent the last six months adjusting to life possessed by the vampire spirit Gray. Unfortunately, after the events of Fort Sumter, the other agents of SPECTR view him more as a ticking time bomb than a co-worker.
The one bright spot is Caleb and Gray’s boyfriend, federal exorcist John Starkweather. But John has problems of his own. A supernatural killer is on the loose in Charleston, stealing the hearts of its victims to extend its own unnatural life.
With the help of a rookie agent, John, Caleb, and Gray must find the killer before it strikes again…or before they become the demon’s next victims.
Caleb, John and Gray are back! YESSSS!!! And it was wonderful!
Mocker Of Ravens is the first book in the second series of the SPECTR series… Let me explain this a bit better. The first SPECTR series is the first six books. With Mocker of Ravens we start a new bunch of adventures next to our favorite exorcist (John), our favorite paranormal (Caleb) and our favorite demon that is not a demon because he is a drakul (Gray). Please, don’t go on reading this thinking that is a sort of spin off that can be read separately from the first series. It is not. You totally need all the knowledge that came from the first six books. Do not fret, though – If you haven’t read any of the books, I promise that you won’t regret reading them. Especially not if you like PNR. The story is exciting, and the chracters are original and tremendously fun to read. There is also lots of hot everywhere! Ha!
Ok. About this book…
In this new installment our heroes are set for a new adventure, a new mystery to solve. Turns out that there is a demon in town; this demon is a Raven Mocker. What Raven Mockers do is that they take the hearts of people and eat them, this way they take the years that these people have left to live, and add them to their own demon lifespan. (I always feel like I make no sense when I’m trying to explain these books… Geez). Anyhow. The thing is that our heroes need to find out who was the person who summoned the demon into their body.
The book flows well. There are new characters that take place for the ones that left in the past book. One of the new additions is Zahira, who is the new partner in the Caleb/Gray/John partnership. I swear that her enthusiasm was hilarious. Like, really, you can’t find a person more excited to work with the Drakul. She was absolutely fascinated by Gray. There are many things that make Zahira interesting, one of them is that she’s a diverse secondary character, and I really can’t wait to read more about her.
Besides the demon hunting and new partner, there are other things that happen in the book. Some of these things have to do with the trio trying to adapt to the new life they have. There are changes. The drakul is here to stay and it’s no secret. People distrust Caleb and Gray, and they can be mean and judgemental… Not to mention the wave of homophobic assholeness they have to deal with. We finally get to see Caleb losing control a bit, not in the i’m-powerful-and-want-more sense, but in the emotional sense. I think that in the first series he really managed to keep it together (considering the I have a drakul living inside me who eats demons and enjoys sexual intercourse innuendo), but because here they have to deal with fear of people, now constant, and pretty much irreversible, and they also have to face lots of ingratitude from those who they saved (pretty much the whole town, to be honest), Caleb starts to break down, and to some extent, so does John. Fantastic, amazing, caring, loving, John.
I have to say that this series is one of my favorite PNR I’ve read in a long time. The characters go really well together, and it’s always a joy to read them. The stories are entertaining and the gore element is wonderful – Good enough to freak you out a bit without leaving you sleepless for a week, which is pretty great, if you ask me. I’m still to find out why this work as a sort of separate series, maybe I missed it?
Anyway, to wrap this up – I totally recommend this for PNR lovers, and those who are looking something fun and entertaining to read.