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Switchblade Goddess Mass Market Paperback – December 27, 2011
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“[A] hard-hitting and rather offbeat urban fantasy series . . . It’s a wild ride. . . . Lots of fun.”—Locus, on Shotgun Sorceress
“[A] thrilling trial-by-fire debut . . . constantly surprising.”—Christopher Golden, author of The Lost Ones, on Spellbent
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The book is broken into two parts. The first part has Jessie fighting the demon that has possessed the demigoddess Miko; Miko is the demigoddess who devastated a small town in the second book. Jessie and Pal end up fighting in Miko's own Hell in an effort to both save the innocent souls Miko has taken and free Miko from possession. The second part of the book deals with Jessie fighting her own possession and trying to find a way to heal Pal; she is also trying to make it back to her father. Cooper is in the story some, but is away dealing with other issues for large portions of the story. This story is really about Miko, Pal, and Jessie.
As I have said in previous reviews this series is not for everyone. It is incredibly dark and gritty and at times just plain nasty. If you are a fan of the Sandman Slim series I would recommend this as a good read for you. That being said this is a very creative and off-the-wall series and that is why I enjoy it. So just to be clear there is swearing, goriness, many offensive things said, strange sex scenes, and general yuckiness. There is also a very creative magic system, an absolutely crazy world, lots of action and butt-kicking, and incredibly complex characters.
Jessie is awesome. She is in bad shape for most of this book, but she keeps on going to protect those she loves. Despite all the violence and craziness she endures throughout she is incredibly loyal to her loved ones.Read more ›
If you're in the mood for an action-packed, twisted dark urban fantasy, Switchblade Goddess definitely delivers. But I definitely recommend reading the first two books in the series, Spellbent and Shotgun Sorceress, first.
I certainly hope there are more books to come in this series, and I'd definitely be interested in anything else this author decides to write. Highly recommended!
I don't mean to sound like I am picking on this book because I really did enjoy it. I was very happy to see the Miko perspectives which were handled so beautifully and gave quite a lot of substance to the villain. In fact, she could have had an entire book about her past. I also loved the scene where Jessie tries to save the souls that Miko has taken. I was also super pleased with the characters. I love these character so much and I believe that they are why this series stands out above so many others for me. Pal, Jessie's familiar, is present most of this book and I just love him. I also like the Warlock a lot and wish he had been more in this book even though he did play a good part. I have not been a big fan of Coopers. I haven't ever gotten a sense of why he is good enough for Jessie. Jessie is a kick-butt heroine with a good heart. She needs a strong good man. I am not convinced Cooper is the man for her but he does make great strides by the end of the book.Read more ›
In the last book Jessie faced down a half demon daughter of the Japanese death goddess. If that wasn't bad enough we get a good look at Miko's past in this book, and learn that as bad as she is, she's only an instrument in an eons old battle for human souls, a battle Jessie's now a prize in. Struggling against a deadly infection, trying to mend things with her boyfriend Cooper, and his brother, The Warlock, and trying to save the life of her familiar who has been infected with lycanthropy, Jessie's pretty busy tying up loose ends in this book. Except, for each one she fixes more fray from her life. And she still has to defeat Miko for good, as well.
The Jessie Shimmer books outrageous and enjoyable, total stand outs from the rest of the urban fantasy scene. They're a hard core, punk view in a middle class genre (not that there's anything wrong with UF in the first place). Recommended for collections with strong horror readers or dark fantasy readers.
Contains: Sex, violence, language, rape
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This is the third book in the trilogy featuring a young sorceress, Jessie, and her trials. How good is this trilogy? Read morePublished 2 months ago by John Scott
This was a terrible end to the series, and I would point to it as a great example of why you shouldn't bother with the first two. It feels a lot like late Laurell K. Read morePublished on July 5, 2013 by Double Ligero
Switchblade Goddess is the third book in the continuing adventures of Jesse Shimmer, and in many ways, is the grimmest entry yet. But it is also the most rewarding. Read morePublished on September 18, 2012 by Daniel R. Robichaud II
This book is part of a series and is difficult to follow if the previous ones have not been read. The story is compelling at times, but I still feel like I am missing something... Read morePublished on August 24, 2012 by Coffee Time Romance & More
If Spellbent was dark, and Shotgun Sorceress was darker, then Switchblade Goddess is a nosedive straight into hell! Read morePublished on April 5, 2012 by Rodney C.
Jessie Shimmer gets a third rollercoaster!
This book is full of ups and downs, promises made and shattered, hope and fear and some really imaginative encounters. Read more
This new book kicks off almost immediately after the end of the previous one -- Jessie Shimmer, with her magic stone eye and magic hellfire arm, has temporarily stopped the... Read morePublished on January 5, 2012 by Scott Slemmons
The story of Jessie Shimmer is far from over, but Switchblade Goddess does a wonderful job of wrapping up the arc that began with our introduction to her in Spellbent. Read morePublished on January 1, 2012 by M. Wagner