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Dark Hope (The Devil's Assistant) (Volume 1) Paperback – July 24, 2014
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"I feel absolutely head over heels in love with this book! It truly was dark & delicious. Mayhem, death, Demons, Pagans, Druids and a kickass heroine!"
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In a last ditch effort to save her life and get out of her deal with the Devil, she sets out to solve Junior's murder only to be taken prisoner by the four most dangerous immortal hell spawn alive.
Not to be out done, the Pagan Queen Mab, claims Claire for entering her realm uninvited. She has an old debt to settle with her brother the Devil. Taking Claire from him after losing her years ago is just icing on the cake.
Will Claire win her freedom, and save herself from the Devil? Or be trapped by Mab forever?
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This is where things start to get a little iffy: it turns out the Boss wanted her to "pick up" a prophecy--a super vague prophecy that somehow happens to be about her? Ok, I could handle that (i mean what UF doesn't have some vague prophecy about the heroine?) but by the time this chick gets back to her office the book basically devolves into a series of extremely confusing scenes in which she is pushed and pulled this way or that way and controlled by someone to do this or that (seriously, for most of the book she basically has no free will).
Every UF trope/element/plot development you can think of happens in rapid succession with little to no build up and only the vaguest (if even that) of explanations. We've got time travel, astral projection, invisibility, multiple personalities, a magic watch that can do more and more with every scene, new mysterious powers and abilities, missing memories, Gods, long lost royal bloodlines, MIA parents, pregnancy, miscarriage, possible rape, I mean I could go on and on! Theoretically there could be enough here to sustain a 4-5 bk series but it's all wasted because it's all undeveloped and crammed into one (ultimately nonsensical) book.
Claire's also a underdeveloped and a bit wooden at times; mostly she just reacts to everything with a "What?!" or Why?! or "I didn't know how I felt about that.Read more ›
This book is like no other story I've read before and I love when authors can create something that takes me on a wild ride I've never been before. Here we have the main character, Claire who is the Devil's assistant. She has his mark due to her taking her mother's debt to the Demon King.
Claire gets caught in the crossfire of her Boss's oldest son, Junior who ends up dead in his office. She becomes determined to find out killed him and may be in the process she finds away to get out of her binding with the demon king. Here is when the story really gets interesting, but of course I'm not going to spoil it for anyone and give away the best parts. H.D. Smith will throw Claire into several obstacles to find out the truth on why certain people want to have her as their pet and why she truly is settling a debt with the Demon King. There's the devil himself (Claire's Boss) otherwise known as the Demon King, the Pagan Queen (who is ruthless as anything...I hated her in the story), and the Druid King (who should be Claire's protector...but yeah..he didn't seem to be). These three all want to either protect, kill, torture, confuse, or stress out Claire in some kind of way in the book. I felt terrible for the girl. That's not all she had to deal with though throughout the book.
Then there's the four hellspawn who are sadistic, crazy, and completely off their chain in their own kind of way that want to hurt Claire. (They play a major role in the story and sometimes I got confused in certain parts of the book with these four.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wow Wow Wow - I have never read a book by HD Smith before - but I can tell you this, I will definitely be reading more of them for sure!!! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sue Ann B
To book has more twists n turns than any mountain road. I was totally absorbed. This author has a great imagination! Couldn't put it down.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
It was a good read but it felt like something was off. I'm not sure what, something was just off to me.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is amazing! What a great start to what promises to be one of my new favorite series. From the get go you are thrown into this world that is a perfect believable fantasy. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Christina
Dark Hope is a unique read. Our protagonist Claire is employed as the Devil/Summer Kings assistant. This isn’t exactly a job you can just quit; that could land you in hell. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Becky Thomas
The book started out a little slow but as the characters and story line developed it all started coming together. Read morePublished 4 months ago by carol
I am now just finished reading books 1,2 and 3 ! WOW. couldnt stop long enough to post a review after each book, so am going to post this to all 3 if possible. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Joan b