Series: Blood Singer, #6
Published by Tor Books on November 5, 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 352 pages
Sexual Content: none
Reviewed by: Kristina
The successful urban fantasy series continues as Celia
Graves—part human, part vampire, part Siren—faces black
magic and heartbreak.
Celia Graves’s newest client is one of the last surviving members of a magical family that is trapped in a generations-old feud with other magic-workers. She’s supposed to die at the next full moon unless Celia can broker peace between the clans or break the curse before it can take effect.
For the first time in a long while, Celia’s personal life is looking up. Her vampire abilities seem to be under control, her Siren abilities have gotten more reliable, and even though her office was blown up, her services are more in demand than ever now that she's fought off terrorists and been part of the royal wedding of the year. Her friends all seem to be finding love and her grandmother has—finally—agreed to go to family therapy. The only trouble spot is Celia’s love life. Not long ago, she had two boyfriends.
Now she barely has one and she isn’t sure she wants him. But Bruno DeLuca is a powerful mage and Celia needs his help . . . especially after she's attacked and her client is kidnapped.
While I haven't kept up with the Blood Singer series as much as I should have TO DANCE WITH THE DEVIL makes me want to go back and read all of the previous books. In some cases starting a series off six books in is not recommended considering the changes characters and plots have over time which can be hard for a new reader. This is pure Urban Fantasy at its best with a smart, sassy heroine trying to solve a particularly dangerous magical murder plot along with dealing with her magically diverse group of family and friends. The blood feud Celia gets in between seemed like it would be pretty straight forward but it has some clever twists that kept me on my toes albeit the story was a bit slow which can be attributed to a ton of character and relationship development between Celia and her friends and family.
Celia is a very complex heroine with a lot of real world problems that make her an easy character to relate to especially considering her therapy sessions and almost normal family problems in dealing with grief. The combination of siren and vampire or 'bat' powers is an interesting mix though I could have done without the constant talk about having to eat and what Celia is going to eat. In regards to her romantic relationships I was very happy to see that the love triangle took a serious back seat to Celia's pesky 'bat issues' and her attempt to stop generational blood feud.
TO DANCE WITH THE DEVIL is a solid addition to the Blood Singer series with a unique siren/vampire/human heroine battling mages, balancing her relationships, and managing her every evolving powers. Considering TO DANCE WITH THE DEVIL in no way ends the series there is definitely more in store for Celia and her friends which I am looking forward to seeing.Series Titles:
1. Blood Song
2. Siren Song
3. Demon Song
4. The Isis Collar
5. The Eldritch Conspiracy