- File Size: 345 KB
- Print Length: 90 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Red Rover Books (June 22, 2011)
- Publication Date: June 22, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0057PHJQ6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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While in the mortal dimension, they put their training to use and close up hell holes created by escaping hellhounds. They also fight demons and other creatures that most people think only exist in storybooks. One night, Cal drops a bombshell on Jake right before they to go on a mission with their father. Jake is ready for the distraction of what is supposed to be an easy sweep and destroy. However, the boys are in for much more than they initially bargained for. Not only are their lives in danger, but those of the unsuspecting humans who live around them.
So wow! Not only is this book deceptively short (hey, I read it on my Kindle) but it is uber fast-paced and bursting at the seams with all kinds of action. Most of the story revolves around the mission gone wrong; however, James gives just enough information at the beginning to hint that there is much more to come. The epilogue frames the larger story and definitely had me asking the question, when is the next one out? (The good news, I don't have to wait as it was released on September 7th.)
For such a short and action-packed tale, James manages to craft her characters fully. I had a very clear idea of who Jake and Cal were, even Henry. There isn't much time to flesh them out, yet James manages to do so. Despite all the action, the strength of the relationships between the brothers and their father shines through. In the short time I spent with them I grew to care about the characters and their well-being, not to mention my curiosity about their world intensified by the end.
My only complaint? It was too short!! I read this on the train and morning breaks only and finished it in two days. I was alarmed at how quickly the percentage bar at the bottom was moving.
Overall, it is a quick and fun read with plenty of tense, suspenseful moments.
I liked the relationship between Jake and Cal, and then with their father. It was nice to see the men being caring toward each other and worrying and protecting each other - though one or the other was in so much peril at some point - it got a little on the tiresome side to constantly be worrying someone was going to become gremlin food.
There seems to be a lot of backstory that is not yet revealed to the reader and I suppose I will have to continue in the series to find the answers to questions I have about the boys' past.
This book was well-written, good details, good character development, and I became engaged in the story.
One thing I did not really like was how young the boys are - Cal is 16 and Jake is 19, and they are half-human and fighting horrible demons. I don't know why their ages bothered me - Jake not so much, but it bothered me that Cal was so young... Again, I'm not sure why - it just did.
Overall, I enjoyed this story - it is action-packed with lots of demon-butt-kicking. There is zero romance, but from the excerpt of the next book, there might be some on the horizon. I give the story 3.5 stars - I liked it, but I didn't love it. I would recommend it to anyone who like urban fantasy - lots of action, little romance. Thank you to author, CC James, for the chance to read and review this book. I will be checking out book two when that comes out.
At times, the dialogue seemed abrupt and awkward to me and since that did comprise a lot of the story, I felt the flow of the tale was interrupted. I would have appreciated more of a balance between it and narrative where background or crucial information might have been explained or shown instead of being told. Considering the main characters age, they are well represented, though I questioned why they were so young but maybe there is a reason that will be answered later in the series. Overall, The Anointed and its Demon Trackers are an interesting premise that leaves plenty of room for expansion.
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