Series: Hellhound Chronicles #2
Published by Harper Voyager on April 19, 2016
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Sexual Content: References to sex
Reviewed by: Kate
In this thrilling sequel to Black Dog—award-winning Caitlin Kittredge’s dark urban fantasy series, Hellhound Chronicles—a soul catcher must stop demonic monsters from her past from infecting the world
After winning her freedom from a reaper and facing off against a fearsome demon boss, Ava is now a masterless hellhound. Her friend, Leo, has found a new life after death himself: He’s returned as the Grim Reaper—the first in centuries. As both try to adjust to their new circumstances, Ava’s dark past comes back to wreak havoc on her . . . and the entire world.
A breed of monsters as smart as vampires—but who behave like zombies—have been sighted in Kansas. Ava can’t believe these “zompires” are back. She thought she’d kicked their asses for good when she first battled them in a Nazi death camp. Now, they’re spreading their infection across America’s heartland thanks to a nasty piece of business named Cain.
Free at last after being locked up in Hell for millennia, Cain has some scores to settle. To stop him, Ava must form an unholy alliance with some old foes . . . a bargain that will lead her to uncover deeply buried truths about her past—and Leo’s future.
Dark, gritty, and original, GRIM TIDINGS is a strong follow-up to Kittredge's BLACK DOG. With less of the elements that I don't like and more suspense and drama, GRIM TIDINGS is an excellent second book in the Hellhound Chronicles.
A lot happens in GRIM TIDINGS. Between flashbacks to World War II and the Midwest in the late 1940s, we get a pretty significant chunk of Ava's history, and as a result, we find out what is driving her actions for the majority of the book. Frequently in Urban Fantasy, with characters that live such long lives, we don't always get the glimpses of them in the past, only who they are in the present. But this picture of Ava as beaten down from the horrors of the war, and the short peeks into what her life was like after is an interesting companion to the present day events of GRIM TIDINGS.
Similar to BLACK DOG, GRIM TIDINGS left me reading long into the night. Fast paced and action filled, Kittredge knows how to throw emotional punches, while still leaving moments for levity (I'm looking at you, Uriel). Kittredge pulls in mythology from all over - Biblical and elsewhere - which gives the book a creative, new feel to it.
All in all, I strongly recommend GRIM TIDINGS. A fast-paced read with some references to BLACK DOG, GRIM TIDINGS could probably be picked up without reading the first in the series. My memory of BLACK DOG was fairly sketchy, and I still greatly enjoyed GRIM TIDINGS. Well worth the read for the scenes between Ava and Leo alone, I would give GRIM TIDINGS to any reader who is looking for some dark Urban Fantasy with creative twists.Series Titles:
- Black Dog - 3/5
- Grim Tidings
- RT Book Reviews - 4 1/2 Stars