Book Review: Tainted


Tainted, by Julie Kenner, is the first in the Blood Lily Chronicles.

Lily Carlyle died when she tried to avenge her sister’s attacker. But she is given a second chance at redemption when she’s brought back to life in another woman’s body. Lily must start life over as a demon hunter and stop evil forces from opening a door to hell on earth.

Kenner is the author of one of my favorite series – the Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom. So, I had high expectations for her new fantasy series. This is a decidedly different feel from Kenner’s other light-hearted books. Lily is a tortured soul, still wanting to look out for her little sister, despite having to leave her old life behind. And even though she had a shady past, Lily is determined to do the right thing this time around. And that means helping the forces of good fighting evil. Lily is a kick-butt heroine in true urban fantasy fashion.

This series debut has one of the most twisted plots I’ve ever read. The story kept me on the edge of my seat with suspense. When demons seek redemption from their past, it’s hard to determine who the truly bad guy is. But one thing is for sure, readers are in for a big surprise. Tainted is fast-paced, dark, and action-packed. Urban fantasy fans won’t want to miss this new series.

Tainted releases from Ace on October 27, 2009.