Revenge. Murder. Ballet?
Vampire spirit Gray wants to hunt demons. Unfortunately, the foolish mortals at SPECTR have put his host, Caleb, their lover John, and their partner Zahira on desk duty. Gray longs to leave Charleston with John, but if they flee, SPECTR will make them the hunted.
A series of paranormal murders returns the team to the field, at least temporarily. Ballerinas are being murdered by a vila, a demon that kills with dance. If they can’t stop the deadly attacks in time, one of Zahira’s friends may become the next victim.
And while they track the demon, an unknown entity has begun to track Gray…
Before I start to review this book, you need to know a couple of things:
- This book is part of a series, and you can’t read it without having read the other seven books.
- This series is broken in two parts.
- SPECTRE Series 1 (books 1-6) which you can find here for Amazon and here for Nook .
- And SPECTRE Series 2 – The first book of the second part of the series can be found here and here.
- This series is bloody awesome and you need to read it.
Anyway, a bit of background for those who haven’t read the series yet.
SPECTRE is a paranormal romance that is quite different from anything I’ve read before.
John works for SPECTRE, a government department that is in charge of finding paranormal entities and demons and eradicate them. Part of what he does is that he exorcises people who have been possessed by demons and/or other entities, keeping in mind that saving the human is always most important.
The series starts with John meeting Caleb, a guy who possesses paranormal abilities (he is a telekinetic paranormal). The circumstances in which the two of them meet are anything but… well, normal – not even in this world.
Caleb has been possessed by a powerful entity, which seems to be demonic. This entity only possesses dead bodies, so when after being declared dead Caleb comes back to life and the entity realizes that his host is not dead, they all know there’s trouble. They call this entity Gray.
Gray can’t leave unless Caleb is dead, or that’s what they thought. But Gray doesn’t harm humans, and now Caleb and Gray need to learn to live with each other, and share the same body. It’s difficult, but it’s also one of the most interesting things in this series.
John and Caleb start falling for each other, and the interesting thing is that at some point Gray adds to the equation, and what is left is a very strange, yet appealing throuple.
The three of them have to fight a lot of demons all through the books. The character development, story development and relationship development is absoultely brilliant. I love how each one of the characters is so well defined, and their voices are so strong and unique, that you could practically tell who is talking in each scene even if it wasn’t pointed out to you.
The secondary characters are wonderful in each one of the installments, and the gore/horror element is nothing but amazing. Absolutely amazing.
Another thing that is 100% worth noting is how Mrs. Hawk created a world that reflects on social issues that we are living now, and how she incorporated them into her story. I always find fascinating when authors do this, and she’s always done this wonderfully.
That being said, let’s go to this book: Dancer Of Death.
Dancer Of Death pretty much picks up where the last book left it. Our boys are still dealing with the consequences of their last paranormal fight, and how that has influenced/ changed their lives.
After having been off field for a bit, they are called back to action when there’s a strange murder that seems to have demonic/paranormal stuff behind it.
Caleb, with the help of Gray can spot demons much more easily, and the people in SPECTRE know this. However they are still afraid of Gray, and its power.
The story, as the name of the book tells you, is about a demon who dances its victims to death. There is a woman in pain, a summoning, a possession, a bunch of deaths, and all stuff creepy. There is a SPECTRE team afraid that they will be separated if things don’t work out.
One of the things that I loved the most about this book was that I got to look at Gray a bit more closely. That in this book I could feel his desperation, and his frustration a bit more, and that here I could see how that affects Caleb.
Zahira, the new girl who is part of the Gray-Caleb-John team was a delight to read. She’s smart, and brave, and incredibly understanding.
I liked the pace that the author chose for this story. It started slow and then suddenly started to pick up little by little, until everything seemed more and more clearly. I enjoyed how the mystery was solved, and I ADORED that it creeped me out so much… I’m weird, what can I say?
One of the things that I love the most about Jordan L. Hawk is that while she does work with cliffhangers, they are never the kind of cliffhanger that will piss you off. She leaves a question or two in the air, but it’s always stuff you can live with until the next book comes out. This book left a bunch of questions for me, and I can’t wait to see what’s next!
So, yes. Read this. Fall in love with Caleb, Gray and John. Get totally lost in this amazing world that the author has created where monsters, and demons, and vampires, and hunting, are well, an everyday thing.