Early Review: Seven Kinds of Hell (Fangborn #1) by Dana Cameron

March 11, 2013 Review 3

*This title will be released on March 12, 2013*

Cover by: Chris McGrath

Seven Kinds of Hell

(Fangborn, #1)
by Dana Cameron

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Excerpt: No | Book Trailer: No
Reviewed by: Abigail| Source: Publisher

  • Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: 47North (March 12, 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1611097959
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611097955


Okay – A few good points, but with significant flaws. Library/swap/borrow if you want.

Sexual Content

A brief sex scene


Archaeologist Zoe Miller has been running from a haunting secret her whole life. But when her cousin is abducted by a vicious Russian kidnapper, Zoe is left with only one option: to reveal herself. Unknown to even her closest friends, Zoe is not entirely human. She’s a werewolf and a daughter of the Fangborn, a secretive race of werewolves, vampires, and oracles embroiled in an ancient war against evil. To rescue her cousin, Zoe will be forced to renew family ties and pit her own supernatural abilities against the dark and nefarious foe. The hunt brings Zoe to the edge of her limits, and with the fate of humanity and the Fangborn in the balance, life will be decided by an artifact of world-ending power.


SEVEN KINDS OF HELL is the first full length novel in the Fangborn series, but it’s not the first story set in this world. I’ve read and reviewed two short stories set in the Fangborn universe (there have been four–see the series tab below for links) and was thrilled to get to jump into a more expansive novel featuring an archaeologist no less (possibly my favorite literary profession), along with the Stueben siblings from the short stories.  I’m sorry to say I was less thrilled by the somewhat staid story and rather bland characters.

I normally love when short stories lead to full novels.  In this case, the Fangborn mythology is so cool that it really should have leant itself to a great book.  The Fangborn, or Pandora’s Orphans, are the hope that was left when the mythical box was opened and evil escaped into the world.  Werewolves, vampires, and snake shifters are the superheroes of this world, able to detect and destroy evil.  Vampires, for example, don’t feed on human blood, they literally suck evil out of people.  There are all kinds of new twists on these creatures that I found fascinating.  I was even glad to see the characters from the short stories pop up to help in SEVEN KINDS OF HELL. The problem was with everything else.

SEVEN KINDS OF HELL is, at it’s heart, an archaeological thriller.  But it’s less Indian Jones and more whatever the boring equivalent of that is. Zoe was pretty sleepy for me from the start, and as she traversed the globe to rescue her kidnapped friend, retrieve artifacts, and avoid Fangborn politics, she never became any more exciting for me.  In fact none of the characters captured my attention–not even George and Claudia who I enjoyed in short form.  The whole book was slow even during fang filled action scenes.  It all just felt bland.

I’m really baffled by my reaction to SEVEN KINDS OF HELL.  It had everything that would normally equal a great urban fantasy for me: Eye catching art from Chris McGrath, fascinating mythology that I was anxious to see expanded, and even an archaeologist protagonist!  The writing itself is fine, but I really had to push through the last 2/3 of the book due to the meh story and dull characters.  There are two more full length novels planned in the Fangborn series, but I think I’ll be passing.


  1. Seven Kinds of Hell

Short Stories set in the Fangborn universe:

“Love Knot” in The Wild Side

“Swing Shift” in Crimes by Moonlight

 “The Night Things Changed” inWolfsbane and Mistletoe

 “Finals” in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine

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3 Responses to “Early Review: Seven Kinds of Hell (Fangborn #1) by Dana Cameron”

  1. Chris

    I also enjoyed the couple of short stories I’ve read set in this world. Sad to see the novel didn’t hold up.

    • Abigail

      I was so disappointed. I’ve been waiting for this one. The shorts are really great, but this…wasn’t. Too bad.

  2. Coley

    Sad to hear this book was so disappointing. I didn’t know about the short stories but I did have this one marked to read upon release. It will definitely fall down the reading list now but I will probably still give it a shot.