Mind Games: A Demon Trappers Novel (Volume 5) Paperback – October 28, 2015
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- Publisher : Nevermore Books; 1st edition (October 28, 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 274 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1941527027
- ISBN-13 : 978-1941527023
- Reading age : 14 - 17 years
- Grade level : 2 - 3
- Item Weight : 11.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.62 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,368,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How I love Riley and Beck. I miss them and just when it becomes almost unbearable, Jana Oliver waves her magic writing instrument and my favorite Demon Trappers are back in new adventures. This time finds Riley on the discrimination end of the Master Trapper's list and not just on a local level. Apparently she's moved up the chain to the National level. They have discovered her working with magic users and are now targeting her. After a Guild representative personally makes his way to Atlanta, all hell breaks loose when Riley is put on probation and formally restricted from practicing magic, learning magic, consorting with magic users, or, at the very least, getting caught or turned in for doing any of that on the sly. This, of course, makes trapping demons quite difficult for Riley because all trappers use magical spheres to rid their cities of demons. If she continues to trap then she not only endangers herself but all who choose to work with her. The Guild is setting her up - but why?
The playing field has changed for Riley. After what happened in Grave Matters, she has taken to learning a little bit of defensive magic. She works with both the local witches and the local summoners so we get to see characters from other books that we've grown to know and some we've even grown to love. Word has come down from the National Guild, however, that makes magical ability a no-no for her. She works as best she can with the limitations being imposed but when she is confronted by another Archfiend, she knows that something has to give before she really does end up losing her life.
Beck is back in town from his training as Grand Master in Edinburgh just in time for the holidays. He has Riley's back 200%, which helps reduce her anxiety of working without magic. Simon, Riley's ex from a few books ago, also returns to Atlanta. He is now a Vatican trained exorcist and, while Riley is sidelined from magic, Simon has permission to use her help. It was nice to see them working together again after their previous falling out.
As in the rest of the books, the story lines are easy to follow but the twists and turns are not easily figured out. I really had no idea where the author was taking Mind Games but it was true to its title. There are a lot of mind games played in this book. I also love the emotional feel to these books. The love between Beck and Riley is undeniable. The anger and frustration Riley feels at being singled out and tossed under the bus is palpable. The ability to pull emotions out of a reader is one of the main goals that an author has and Ms. Oliver does it in all of The Demon Trapper's Daughter novels.
I loved being back in the world of Riley Blackthorne. There is never a dull moment in Atlanta, making the books wonderful, engaging, and spectacular. The camaraderie between Riley and her apprentices and those in the Guild who aren't out to get her is great. She's treated as a capable member of the Demon Trappers Guild. Her relationship with Beck makes my heart sing - I knew from the first book that these two were meant for one another.
If you haven't started this series, I highly recommend them. You won't be disappointed.
My review copy was purchased by me from Amazon.
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It will make sense if you've read all the rest of the series. Thus this is not a jumping on point. New readers should start with book one, which is known both as 'The Demon Trapper's Daughter', and 'Forsaken.' Depending on if you get the American or European editions.
Regular readers, read on.
This one runs for two hundred and sixty pages. It has thirty six chapters and an epilogue. It does say the end on the last page, but there is room for more. [Another book has followed].
This does contain mild adult moments and horror, and an expletive or two.
Picking up from the end of the novella, Beck is still in Scotland. Riley is back home. She has apprentices to train. It's getting near to Christmas. She's also learning defensive magic. By necessity.
This has made her human enemies. To go with all the demonic ones. And then there's the issue, now that she's engaged, of when she actually gets to the altar. Riley still has a lot to deal with...
Lots to like here. It doesn't feel like a middle book or something that is simply trying to set up further volumes in the series. It feels like a natural progression in her life. She is again a very likeable lead, with a very believable and appealing relationship with Beck. It's nice to watch how two characters we have come to care about navigate the developing stages of their relationship.
Other threats are well handled, and it does tie itself all together very well in the final quarter. One character who could have been a bit of a two dimensional threat does have a good moment. What this does best though is the return of a certain individual from Riley's past. How they have developed as a character, and how the two act now as a result, is a real highlight. It's a pleasure to see such good development in a character, as it makes them so believable.
A very pleasant read, and it will keep fans of the series and the characters very happy.
This time we see Riley having to deal with a long distance relationship with Beck as well as training her own apprentice demon trappers and having to deal with prejudices from other trappers about her learning magic.
Riley's really matured since the start of this series, which I believe is less than a year in the timeline. She's been through a lot in her wee life and had to deal with some serious s*** so it's easy to see why she's matured so much. This world just gets scarier as we learn more about hell and the demons it spawns - and I have a feeling we still have a lot more to learn. At least I'm hoping that's the case since I'm hoping Oliver writes more, the story definitely didn't seem finished. In fact, it did seem like more story threads have been opened in this.
I can't say anything bad about this series, I adore it. The world that's been created, the characters in it and the writing style are all fantastic and I'll continue to recommend this series to anyone that I think will enjoy it - which should be anyone that likes to read.
Riley has always struggled to get the respect she deserves from some of the Guild members, there are those who just don't want a female trapper around and others who don't trust her because of her father's actions even though he was a legend in his own right before his mistakes became public knowledge. Anyway, the fact that she is now studying magic has given the people who are against her even more ammunition to throw at her but Riley isn't one to back down easily and she knows that she's following the correct path. As Riley faces off against the outspoken few who fear her the entire Atlanta chapter of the Guild are facing even bigger problems and it's going to take all of Riley's skill to try and talk them out of it.
Mind Games is a great addition to the series, I love seeing how confident Riley has become and it was great seeing her start to pass on her knowledge to a whole new generation of Trappers. I'm so sick of seeing people look down on her though and it really made me mad that she doesn't get the respect she has earned from all of the Guild. Luckily her enemies are few and she has far more allies these days, ones who will have her back no matter what. It was interesting getting the chance to catch up with Simon, after everything that happened with him in the earlier books there was a point where I felt I'd never be able to forgive him for his actions but he's really come a long way and totally redeemed himself. Of course the best part was Beck, he's always been one of my favourite YA heroes and nothing has changed there! When Riley is in trouble Beck is the first person to stand at her side and when he finds out what is going on in Atlanta he jumps straight on the next plane home. I will never get bored of reading about him and Riley and I just love seeing them so happy together. There are some really sweet moments between them in this book and I hope we haven't seen the last of them.
There is nothing I didn't love about Mind Games and I think it was quite fitting to do another part of Riley's story. I found out about this one by pure accident but it's fitting and do wish to know just what heaven plans to do with her, never mind Lucifer's next step in the story.
I highly recommend the book but please do read from book one, fall in love with the characters as rightly should. A beautiful and action packed story line that will have you turning the page and unable to put the book down. It is one of few that I could reread and will be planning on doing so, I'm glad Riley got what she wanted. She deserves every ounce of goodness.
Now stop reading this rating and buy it and get stuck in to it. So worth it. Honestly.