Friday, June 1, 2012

Review: Devil's Gate by Thea Harrison

Devil's Gate (Elder Races #4.6) by Thea Harrison
Synopsis (Goodreads):
As a coroner, medusa Seremela Telemar has always felt more comfortable chatting over a dead body than over drinks. But when her wild niece, Vetta, runs off to Devil’s Gate, a lawless town that has sprung up overnight in a modern-day gold rush, she knows she has to extricate her before the rebellious girl gets into real trouble. Though she’s confident in her head snakes’ ability to defend her against attackers, Seremela is still a bit nervous about braving this modern-day Wild West by herself.

Vampyre Duncan Turner is not about to let his new co-worker go into that chaos alone. His Vampyric power and lawyer smarts make him the perfect ally, and the fact that he already had his eye on Seremela for more…personal reasons, doesn’t hurt matters. Any romantic thoughts pull up short, however, when they arrive at Devil’s Gate and learn Vetta is set to hang by morning.
In order to save Vetta and themselves, Seremela and Duncan are going to have to fight fire with force and magic with fangs. And pray they make it out of Devil’s Gate alive.

Product Warnings
Contains mother effin’ snakes in planes, cars, tents, and beds. Luckily, our hot Vampyre hero doesn’t mind them one bit…
My Thoughts: It shouldn't be a big shock that I'm stupid in love with this series. I adore everything about it - from the world building (OMG! FANTASTIC!) to the characters (*swoon swoon swoon*) to the situations those characters find them in (Fights to the death! Hawt sexin'! Backstabbing and other shenanigans!). I honestly can NOT get enough of this world.

Things I loved: Seremela. Her head snakes were so very cute. Duncan refers to them as "mischievous" once and that is so perfect for them. They like to touch him and wrap around him and I just loved that Seremela had sort of given up on controlling them. Beyond her snakes, Seremela was also pretty awesome. She's smart and strong and yet she's sweetly vulnerable around Duncan.

Duncan. Oh, Duncan. He sees what he wants and he goes after it. With Seremela in his sights, she's bound to fall for him. It doesn't hurt that he's a hunk and he cares about her and he's willing to risk himself to help her out. I also loved the glimpses we had of the world outside this story through Duncan's interactions with Julian, the Nightkind king. Thea Harrison truly does an outstanding job of making this world feel big and all-encompassing.

The Tarot deck continues its journey and I'm SUPER excited to see the next installment in this mini-arc.

Books in this series
1. Dragon Bound
2. Storm's Heart
3. Serpent's Kiss
3.5. True Colors
4. Oracle's Moon
4.5. Natural Evil
4.6. Devil's Gate - Kindle
5. Lord's Fall

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Devil's Gate was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.


  1. Eeee! I really want to read this, like, RIGHT NOW!

    1. Sooooon. It comes out on Tuesday, right? *goes to check* Yes. Tuesday! Sooooooon!

    2. Good thing it's part of a series, so I can justify buying it. =P

    3. I like how we *have* to justify buying books. lol! But, yes. You are correct. You can totally buy this one. TOTALLY!

  2. I am behind (don't shoot me) but I will catch up this summer! I love this series too though I have stayed away from the novellas because I just am not a novella fan.

    1. The thing I like about this set of novellas is that there's an overriding arc tying them all together - we're following the Tarot deck as it hops from person to person. So, yeah, we get a nice little HEA and some hot sexin' (which are always appreciated) but, because the deck is choosing the people it goes to, we're also getting to see some of the minor players and how they fit into the Elder Races world.

      This is probably one of my favorite novella sets I've come across.