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In this novel, Cosper has set up a detailed world of demon hunting, family legacies, and a great cast of characters.
To be completely honest I know almost nothing about the world of demons, or much of the supernatural in general that this novel deals with. It's because of that, that I say Cosper was able to in a way teach me the ways of this world effectively through Gabriella's character. Gabriella is a centuries old human with a curse. She's been around for a long time hunting various demons. She knows things. The Van Helsing brothers of this current generation, they know next to nothing compared to her. This teacher student relationship made it easy to learn with the characters.
What I enjoyed about the characters was that they weren't all buddy-buddy as a team. Just because one of them tells the other something it didn't mean that it would be believed. Despite the main conflict of hunting down the devil, Ose, the inner struggles of the group often come into play. This lead to many sections of non-stop reading. There was also a good balance between the back story given for some characters and back story that was withheld. While I'd like to have known a bit more about a few of them, I also understand that details will unfold as the series comes along. An author can't tell everything in the first book.
I feel that Cosper has a vast understanding of the supernatural world, its history, and an imagination to alter it to her needs. That is a key strength of this novel. There are also a variety of horror elements in here from delusions to "real" horrific scenes battling demons. Cosper has established a series that will be on my to be read list for years to come. I'm intrigued to know where it will go from here. All I know is that there's danger in store. It's hiding around every corner for Gabriella and her companions.
story, it would have been easy to understand Gabby going off the rails and
losing herself in her revenge. However, not only does she handle every adversary with level headedness, she also remains dedicated to the family she promised to protect.
Prescription is a Van Helsing Organization novel, the first in the series. Although vampires do not take center stage, there are other creatures of the night to worry about. Demons, devils, werewolves, and that is not including the extensive hierarchy of the underworld. Gabby is multitasking her butt off trying to keep everyone safe and attain her goals.
The Love and Bother:
Cosper does an amazing job of making me feel for every one of her characters.
The three Van Helsing men, Esais, Adrian, and Tres could easily have been
robotic and one-dimensional. Yet with Cosper's writing, I was instantly drawn to each of them. One aspect I found most compelling is how each brother is dealing with the burden of their own secrets. They may be a family of Supernatural hunting bad-assess, but they don't always trust one another. I liked that dynamic and found it added a layer of understanding to every action.
They would happily die for one another, but telling the truth plagues them all.
There were a few places in the story where I would have liked some further information. The aspect of ghosts immediately comes to mind. However it didn't detract from the story and there are many more books to come in which to expand.
I also wish Gabby had been slightly more tech savvy. Just because you've lived for hundreds of years doesn't mean you can't be up to date on the world you live in now.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention Marguerite Devereux. I adored her character. A street smart, total badass, she wants her revenge, and she wants it now. The interactions between her and Gabby were my favorite part of this
novel. She is a reflection of the way the dark world can turn an otherwise
innocent person hard.
In saying that, Marguerite is clearly the type of person that Gabby could have
become. They are two sides of the same revenge laden coin. Their different outlooks and choices create an interesting portrait of how handling life's tragedies can change you.
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