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Hell's Pawn Paperback – July 27, 2011
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From the author of Something Like Summer comes Hell's Pawn, winner of a Rainbow Award for Best Gay Fantasy, honorable mention as Best Gay Novel of 2011, and two wins in Goodread's M/M Romance Member's Choice Awards for Best World Created and Most Surprising/Unique Plot Device.
Five stars from Reviews by Jesse Wave: "--a very enjoyable rollicking ride of a book. There's a great mix of action, pathos, humour, love and camaraderie, all set in a unique series of worlds which are imaginatively described."
Praise from Forbes.com: "--I couldn't put it down. Jay Bell has drafted a interesting, page-turning book that tours not only the traditional afterlife, but also the afterlives of many different religions-"
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I recommend this story to readers who are comfortable suspending their religious and spiritual beliefs and take a light hearted view of the interplay between all the various realms and possible conflicts that might exist on the other side of life.
Personally, I enjoyed this story and highly recommend it to others. There was a time while reading the story that I became lost in Purgatory! I almost set the book aside. As I patiently continued the pieces started coming together and my enjoyment increased. Ironically, the thesis of Jay's book is not so different than my own spiritual beliefs. As I believe that all faiths have validity and that no one is condemned to damnation by a judgmental god, I naturally liked the story. Each of us, regardless of faith or lack of faith are on our own spiritual adventure. We are co-creators with God, Goddess, all that Is. It's all good!
So why didn't I love it? A couple of reasons, some of which will absolutely have no bearing on whether or not YOU will love it. First, it started with a trope that has been overdone to the max. Yes, he added something really new to it, but to those of us who have been reading fantasy forever, the mythology lessons were like repeating kindergarten. I got a bit bored with that. So that was the first issue.
Second, there were whole chunks of the books that felt discontinuous. Like weren't we just doing one thing, and now we are doing this other thing, and what?? And I have ADHD and totally get it, so if I am wondering what the heck is going on, people with normal brains must be REALLY confused. It needs a good go over by a professional fantasy editor for sure.
And last, the ending. Just... no. NOT OK. *smack* I haven't been this annoyed since the Fool moved away and Fitz married Molly.