Synopses & Reviews
In a world where magic walks and demons ride, you can't always play by the rules.
Jayné Heller thinks of herself as a realist, until she discovers reality isn't quite what she thought it was. When her uncle Eric is murdered, Jayné travels to Denver to settle his estate, only to learn that it's all hers -- and vaster than she ever imagined. And along with properties across the world and an inexhaustible fortune, Eric left her a legacy of a different kind: his unfinished business with a cabal of wizards known as the Invisible College.
Led by the ruthless Randolph Coin, the Invisible College harnesses demon spirits for their own ends of power and domination. Jayné finds it difficult to believe magic and demons can even exist, let alone be responsible for the death of her uncle. But Coin sees Eric's heir as a threat to be eliminated by any means -- magical or mundane -- so Jayné had better start believing in something to save her own life.
Aided in her mission by a group of unlikely companions -- Aubrey, Eric's devastatingly attractive assistant; Ex, a former Jesuit with a lethal agenda; Midian, a two-hundred-year-old man who claims to be under a curse from Randolph Coin himself; and Chogyi Jake, a self-styled Buddhist with mystical abilities -- Jayné finds that her new reality is not only unexpected, but often unexplainable. And if she hopes to survive, she'll have to learn the new rules fast -- or break them completely....
"Denver is lousy with monsters and mayhem in this urban fantasy series launch by epic fantasist Daniel Abraham (The Long Price Quartet series), his first venture under the Hanover pen name. Stereotypically plucky heroine Jayn Heller stumbles into a world of dangerous magic when she inherits a distant uncle's fortune and his difficulties with a clan of malicious supernatural beings. Jayn likewise gains her uncle's loose conglomerate of useful friends, all of whom have about one character trait apiece (the chef, the Frenchman, the ex-Jesuit), and she plots with them to destroy her uncle's murderer, the sinister Randolph Coin. When trouble threatens, Jayn displays startling monster-fighting abilities, belatedly attributed to her uncle's blessing. Abraham's smooth prose and zippy action sequences sag under the weight of clichs." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Hanover gives us a smart heroine coming into her own, which is how I like my urban fantasy. Jayné Heller is going places." -- Carrie Vaughn, New York Times bestselling author of Kitty and the Silver Bullet
"M. L. N. Hanover has reinvented a genre. Tight plot, well-developed action, and interesting characters....This is a series to watch." -- S. M. Stirling, New York Times bestselling author of The Scourge of God
"Hanover's debut blends various aspects of urban fantasy and her unique touches to create a series opener that should appeal to genre fans." -- Library Journal
"Jayné is a great urban fantasy heroine. Strong-willed without being kick-ass. Stubborn without being arrogant. She knows she's in over her head and bound to make mistakes, but she's willing to learn." -- New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong
"Unclean Spirits" marks the thrilling start of a bold new urban fantasy series featuring a wealthy, strong-willed demon hunter and her colorful crew of supernatural helpers.
About the Author
M. L. N. Hanover
is an International Horror Guild Award-winning author living in the American southwest.