Never make a deal with the Devil,
This review is from: Devil s Kiss (Hellraisers) (Mass Market Paperback)
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales
Quick & Dirty: Never make a deal with the Devil.
Opening Sentence: The Gypsy girl cheated.
If heaven and hell do exist, would you make a deal with the Devil if it meant having a hold on your wildest desires?
In a scary look into the minds of man, this novel shines a spotlight on the human condition complete with the insecurities, greed, lust and desires of five ne'er do wells known as the Hellraisers. A name given to them by society, and boy have they earned it. While staying at the estate of one of their members, they become bored and go looking for more trouble to get into. Their quest for iniquity leads them to a Gypsy settlement where they toss their money around in an attempt to have fun. For one of them, the endeavor is falling slightly flat. So, when it is discovered that nearby is an old set of Roman ruins claimed to harbor evil, he and the others can't help but be intrigued, and decide to check it out, despite the warnings of the Gypsies. Warnings they should have headed, for encased in an enchanted box within these ruins is the very essence of the devil, and is released when these five decide to play Pandora. In a supposed display of gratitude, the devil, or Mr. Holliday as he wants to be known, bestows a gift upon each of the men, each one specifically designed to give them exactly what they want in life. And in exchange, all he required is a small token from each man.
Harmless fun, right? For the devil couldn't possibly be lying to them, could he??
Our first story revolves around Lord James Sherbourne, Earl of Whitney. He has received the gift of luck, with the ability to control the outcome of any game of chance, of any occurrence of probability, whether he means to win, or lose. And for Whit, the consummate gambler of the bunch, this gift seems to be everything.
He is also given the gift of the Gypsy Zora, a fortune teller who tried to stop them before they could make the nefarious deal, but she arrived too late. Upon her appearance, the Devil gifts Lord Whitney with a magical playing card that contains the Gypsy's essence, trapping her inside, making her a ghost to everyone but Whit and forcing her to remain within twenty feet of the card at all times.
For a person, of the likes of a Gypsy, confinement anywhere is intolerable, but confinement to a single room is unspeakable. Once she was released from the card, Whit had one pissed off Gypsy on his hands. Zora is stubbornly defiant, refusing everything but what she needs to survive and even scaring Whit's staff with her "ghost" antics.
Her time as a captive is suddenly ended after a meeting with another ghost, Valeria Livia Corva, the witch who originally trapped Mr. Holliday in the box. Livia is in need of allies in her renewed fight against the Devil and she bestows the power of fire upon Zora, also releasing her from her imprisonment.
Right around then is also when Whit realized the mistake he had made in making the Devil his copilot. Together with the spirit witch, Whit and Zora will battle the Devil and his minions, even if one of them is wearing Whit's face. With the defeat of their enemy also comes love between our hero and heroine.
All in all an interesting premise, and a fine story to go with it.
The Hellraisers Series:
1. Devil's Kiss
2. Demon's Bride
3. Sinner's Heart
FTC Advisory: Kensington/Zebra provided me with a copy of Devil's Kiss. No goody bags, sponsorships, "material connections," or bribes were exchanged for my review.