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About the Author

AMBER BENSON co-created, co-wrote, and directed the animated supernatural web-series Ghosts of Albion with Christopher Golden, followed by a series of novels including Witchery and Accursed, and the novella Astray. Benson and Golden also co-authored the novella The Seven Whistlers. As an actress, she has appeared in dozens of roles in feature films, TV movies, and television series, including the fan favorite role of Tara Maclay on three seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Benson wrote, produced, and directed the feature films Chance and Lovers, Liars, and Lunatics.

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Product Details

  • Series: A Calliope Reaper-Jones Novel (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (February 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441020097
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441020096
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.9 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #299,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amber Benson co-wrote and directed the animated web-series Ghosts of Albion with Christopher Golden for the BBC. The duo then novelized the series in two books for Random House. Her first solo novel, Death's Daughter, was published by Penguin in 2009, with a children's book for Simon and Schuster called The New Newbridge Academy to follow in the fall of 2010. As an actress, Benson spent three seasons as Tara Maclay on the cult show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She has also written, produced, and directed three feature films, including her latest, Drones, which she co-directed with Adam Busch and will be released later this year.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Theresa on March 4, 2011
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When Thalia, Death's Daughter's power hungry sister, escapes prison, Callie learns, no matter how hard she tires, she can't escape her destiny as the not-so-normal girl. Serpent's Storm, the third installment of this series goes to the darker side of Death Inc. Callie's unwillingness to fully embrace the family business has disastrous consequences after someone near and dear to her reaps the benefit from the power of being "Death". Unfortunately for both, not in a way either expected, or wanted. Dealing with the trivial relationship issues with her smoking hot new boyfriend with have to wait as, once again, the Afterlife world is thrown into chaos. This time however, Callie faces each challenge with self-reliance, strength and determination.

The evolution of the protagonist from the shallow, self-involved "normal" girl in book one, to a thoughtful, motivated and brave young woman in book three, represents a true "Hero's Journey." One that is delivered via plenty of wit, likable characters and fantastical adventures with more twists and turns than a giant Sea Serpent's body. My only (minor) disappointment in this installment was the lack of my favorite characters, Runt, the Hellhound pup and the adorable techno-sis, Cleo. Luckily, this series will be continuing for, at least, two more books. I thoroughly enjoyed this and can't wait to see where our hero goes next. Will she use a wormhole to get there or just swim? :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kelly (Fantasy Literature) VINE VOICE on February 28, 2011
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Calliope Reaper-Jones's life takes a turn for the grim in Serpent's Storm, the third book in Amber Benson's series about the daughter of Death. These books have always featured some serious content, and Serpent's Storm still contains some humor, but overall this is the most serious CALLIOPE book so far.

The beginning is a little annoying, with Callie in full-on flippant mode, bored with her boyfriend Daniel for a rather obnoxious reason. It isn't long, though, before Callie's life is irrevocably shaken up. Benson yanks most of Callie's "security blankets" away in a cascade of tragedies and betrayals. Callie now has to take on great responsibilities while trying to figure out who is on her side and who is a secret enemy.

The character relationships are heartwarming and sometimes heartbreaking; the tragic events in Serpent's Storm hit both Callie and the reader pretty hard. In addition to the cast we know and love, Benson also introduces several new, quirky supporting characters and places them in the unique vistas we've come to expect from her.

The wrap-up of the main plot is satisfactory. Callie undergoes a large amount of growth, and develops into a stronger, more independent character who is ready for heavier responsibilities. The epilogue, though, is simply evil! It's not a cliffhanger for the main plot, but it leaves a particular subplot hanging and readers longing for a happy resolution to that aspect of the story.

If you've enjoyed the CALLIOPE REAPER-JONES books all along, you'll like this one despite its darker tone; Callie goes through some changes but is still recognizably her endearing, snarky self. If you thought the first two books were a little too fluffy, Serpent's Storm is just what you were looking for. There's very little fashion talk, Callie becomes more mature, and the book explores some of the gloomier possibilities of a Death-themed series.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By SciFiChick VINE VOICE on March 15, 2011
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Calliope Reaper-Jones has been dating Daniel, the Devil's protégé, but having a hard time dealing with their intimacy. Then, on her way to work, Calliope is attacked by the Ender of Death. It seems that Callie's sister made a deal with the Devil to take over Death Inc. after they remove Callie and her father (Death himself) from the picture.

Calliope has done a lot of growing up over the last couple books. Though she still wants to live a normal human life, she still steps up and takes responsibility when it's thrust upon her. She no longer pines for material things as she used to. Even her shaky relationship with Daniel is a step forward. I love the direction Benson is taking these incredible characters.

This is the third installment in the Calliope Reaper-Jones series. And with the evolution of Calliope's character, comes a darker story, with less silliness and a bit less humor. Though, as always, there is plenty of action-packed adventure and fun. Callie encounters numerous villains, seemingly hopeless situations, the death of loved ones, and realizes a startling revelation about herself. Benson has brought the series to a new impressive height - dark, startling, and plenty of shocking surprises. Urban fantasy fans should not miss this fantastic series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary Brebner VINE VOICE on July 13, 2011
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The third book in the Calliope Reaper-Jones series, SERPENT'S STORM certainly packs a punch. While Callie's experiencing...well, shall we say, the bliss of coupledom with her hot man, her psycho sister, Thalia, escapes from Purgatory and heads out to wreak havoc with the Devil at her side.

So, Callie trots off to work, totally unaware that her entire life is about to transform. Normal? That's just not gonna happen for poor Callie, no matter how much she may want an average life. Death's Daughter's life is about to change completely--starting with several rather shocking deaths.

Amber Benson certainly enjoys putting her characters through Hell (and Purgatory and Heaven). Callie doesn't have time to recover from one blow when another knocks her upside the head and sends her reeling. Unfortunately, she doesn't take the proactive approach, and I really wish she would. It's understandable that she doesn't want to get too involved in her father's business; it is all about death and running Purgatory, after all, and she'd love nothing more than to be normal. But she has more of a duck-and-cover attitude rather than stepping up and learning about her powers, her father's job as Death, and all the intricacies of this paranormal life she's a reluctant part of. Really, there were so many times I just wanted to shake her and tell her to stop acting like such a wimpy, airheaded girl.

Daniel (Callie's hot boyfriend) pretty much disappears for much of the book, leaving Callie in the lurch. She really could have used his help and his knowledge. Of course, it's not really his fault but still. So I guess it's no wonder Callie's intrigued by this new, scruffy guy who shows up while she's running around trying to save Purgatory from Thalia and the Devil.
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