Publisher: Ballantine Books-Delrey
Date published: October 2010
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Pam
Obtained by publisher
The heroine Jessie Shimmer is a complex character with a kick butt attitude. She’s blessed with supernatural gifts and has a very strange hand, which needs a glove to contain the fire. Her companion was a ferret in a previous book, but is now a large fury spider like monster named Pal.
Cooper Marron is Jessie’s lover, and she’s been to hell to rescue him. Making love has become risky as they set the bedroom alight while living with Mother Karen who wasn’t impressed. The house is full of refugees rescued from magical people who hadn’t treated them well.
Both are magical as is Cooper’s brother, The Wizard, who tags along as they try out magical portals while searching for the evil soul taker Miko. The soul harvester is also a sex seeker and makes people to do her dirty work.
The SHOTGUN SORCERESS is a very complex tale, but doesn’t stand alone very well. Many of the evil creatures have been brought forward, so it takes the reader a while to sort out what is happening. The main characters are oddly different which was what held this reviewer's attention.
The large cast of oddballs with strange names was very confusing, as was Jessie’s fire spitting arm. As the opera glove seemed to hold in the fire, it took all credibility away for me. There were also a lot of gory scenes in this tale as cars full of meat people were blown up. The characters seemed to spend a lot of time covered in blood and chopped up human parts, as if it was a normal occurrence. Along with experiencing other people's deaths, some hot sex and Jessie’s long lost father appearing in her mirror, I felt as if the nasty stuff was never ending.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.