The Demon Trapper's Daughter: A Demon Trappers Novel by Jana OliverThe Demon Trapper's Daughter: A Demon Trappers Novel by Jana Oliver

The Demon Trapper's Daughter: A Demon Trappers Novel

byJana Oliver

Paperback | February 1, 2011

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The Demon Trapper's Daughter is the first novel in Jana Oliver's Demon Trappers-a spellbinding young adult fantasy series. Riley Blackthorne just needs a chance to prove herself-and that's exactly what the demons are counting on.

Seventeen-year-old Riley, the only daughter of legendary Demon Trapper Paul Blackthorne, has always dreamed of following in her father's footsteps. The good news is, with human society seriously disrupted by economic upheaval and Lucifer increasing the number of demons in all major cities, Atlanta's local Trappers' Guild needs all the help they can get-even from a girl. When she's not keeping up with her homework or trying to manage her growing crush on fellow apprentice, Simon, Riley's out saving distressed citizens from foul-mouthed little devils-Grade One Hellspawn only, of course, per the strict rules of the Guild. Life's about as normal as can be for the average demon-trapping teen.

But then a Grade Five Geo-Fiend crashes Riley's routine assignment at a library, jeopardizing her life and her chosen livelihood. And, as if that wasn't bad enough, sudden tragedy strikes the Trappers' Guild, spinning Riley down a more dangerous path than she ever could have imagined. As her whole world crashes down around her, who can Riley trust with her heart-and her life?

Jana Oliver is the award-winning author of the young adult urban fantasy series Demon Trappers, including Soul Thief. She is also the author of the Time Rovers series. She's happiest when she's researching outlandish urban legends, wandering around old cemeteries and dreaming up new stories. An Iowa native, she lives in Atlanta, GA.
Title:The Demon Trapper's Daughter: A Demon Trappers NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.27 × 5.5 × 1.03 inPublished:February 1, 2011Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0312614780

ISBN - 13:9780312614782

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Promising Start A unique take on the whole demon/angel trope. I really liked how Oliver was realistic when it came to how demon trappers/hunters would be treated in society, that it could be considered a profession, no matter how low paying. The characters are great, my favorites being Beck and Ori because of their dark and mysterious pasts. Riley is a strong lead, though, and I'm interested to see how she grows and learns from her mistakes. Off to a promising start!
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very enjoyable read Good characters, compelling story.
Date published: 2012-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great start to the series! I had seen this book while roaming around on other people’s shelves trying to get ideas of books to read and noticed it was on quite a few. When I read the back of the book it reminded me of a short story that I read in an anthology: Prom Nights from Hell. The short story was “The Exterminator's Daughter” by Meg Cabot. So I instantly wanted to read. After reading it I realized they are very different but both are awesome.Jana Oliver introduces us to a world in the time of Armageddon where demons by the masses are running wild and the cities are not what our world is today. She also introduces us to Immersion fantasy where the magic, demons, angels, vampire and everything else just is; the world all knows about them and accepts them. I was actually a little shocked when I realized this, although of course she does explain that the world just accepts it that Earth is in a general decline, I was use to a fantasy world that was hidden from everyday people, and that only few knew about. Jana Oliver’s The Demon Trapper’s Daughter is a riveting tale about a young girl trying to make a place in a standard male position while doing the job that many others won’t, and can’t: Trapping Demons. Then of course there is the constant hinting towards Riley being a bigger part of the picture, one to which not even she is privy to. Good: Riley—She seems like an awesome girl who is fighting for women in a male world and trying to prove that the “damsel in distress” can kick some butt. Ori—Please tell me more about this guy. He swoops in and helps Riley out, makes her blush and then disappears. So far…I like him, although I’m not 100% sold on the pony tail. Simon—Cute Simon. The good-old boy who seems like out dream knight with his shinning armour. If any of you have ever seen the tv show Awkward, which I highly recommend, I picture his as Jake. He wants to protect Riley with still giving her own space and not cramping her style. He is the cuttie we all say we look for in a guy. Denver Beck—Beck is the man we actually dream about. He is the hottie who makes us mad, makes our blood boil, and makes us want to kiss him. From the very first moment that I was introduced to Beck I pictures one person/character: Taylor Kitch’s Tim Riggins from Friday Night Lights. The sexy hot mess with the Texas drawl makes me sigh and see no one other than Taylor Kitch. I hope that he and Riley get their act together and end up together. Best scene ever: When Riley goes on her first Trapping job with Beck. It was awesome. They some how managed to make their job into an enjoyable adventure where afterwards they both finally get to stop acting like grown-ups and start acting their own age. I can picture the scene perfectly the two of them in a snow-filled car park and Riley, after throwing the snowball and nailing Beck in the chest, realized that Beck had the same idea as she did previously and already had a snow ball ready…why it reminds me of all the fun I had as child in Northern Canada and couldn’t stop smiling. On top of that I thought that Beck yelling directions at her while he dodges in between cars trying to avoid the flames was just hilarious. Bad: Not much to say here. Maybe the only thing would be that Simon and Riley’s relationship seemed a little rushed. Maybe I was too busy drooling over Beck but their “love” doesn’t seem like it will last. Not sure. Although I hope they somewhat do because he’s a great guy Overall (Writing style, story line, and general): Overall, I was fairly impressed with Oliver’s novel. The dystopian society meets Armageddon setting puts a new twist onto things and sort of reminds me of the setting in The Hunger Games minus the evil dictatorship, although there is still at least three more books after this one so you never know it could come later. It was perfectly described within the first few chapters when it said, “The city slowly reverted to nature’s laws” as it talked about wild coyotes roaming the streets and going in and out of abandoned buildings. It really built the setting and emotion of the novel. And on top of it all they barely have to go to school…sounds like a dream to me. This is definitely a book that I will be keeping on my shelf and will recommend to others. View more of my review and others at my blog:
Date published: 2012-02-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Start to Series! I’ve been looking forward to reading The Demon Trapper’s Daughter for quite some time now, and while it took me longer than I expected to finally have a chance to read it, I’m glad I did. I’m always fascinated by novels where demons play a central part… and I wasn’t disappointed in that regard because we were quickly thrown right into the action from the very beginning! Jana Oliver has introduced a dark, near-future Atlanta where demons walk among us and where catching them is up to the task of demon trappers who work for the Guild. It’s a constant ongoing battle, with the higher graded demons being the most dangerous… but for seventeen year-old Riley Blackthorne, she would never dream of anything else. Despite the antagonism from the males in her local Trappers Guild, she has always tried to prove her worth and to show them that she’s just as capable as any of them to get the job done. I really liked Riley’s resilience and determination… and it was a sure good thing she had loads of both. She’s really pulled through the ringer in the novel! Her life begins to crumble when a sudden tragedy occurs in the beginning of the novel, and then everything else that happens in the story afterwards sort of revolves around it. Just when you think things couldn’t possibly get worse for Riley, some obstacle would appear that tried to knock her down. I just felt so bad for her! As for the romance though… I wasn’t feeling so much love. Simon, another apprentice, never struck me as someone I could grow more of an attachment with. I really thought the only reason Riley was crushing on him was because she thought he was cute, whereas I would have liked to have seen a deeper connection. Beck, trained by Riley’s father and his trapping partner, stepped up for Riley when she really needed someone but even he kind of got on my nerves at times… especially when his point of view was told. While I felt the romance was rather on the weak side, The Demon Trapper’s Daughter should prove to be a solid read if you’re looking for an exciting supernatural tale with a tough, main protagonist who’s unafraid to back down from a challenge. There were definitely some questions raised about the sudden interest many of the demons were showing into Riley… I sure hope we begin to get some answers when Soul Thief is released! You can also read this review at:
Date published: 2011-08-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Debut With a Super Cool Plot! Let's go into the future, seven years to be exact. The world may seem the same, but there are many differences. For one, demons lurk in shadows and people dedicate their lives to trap or hunt them. There is a difference between the two, Trappers trap, and have the demon alive so they can sell it, but Hunters hunt, their goal is to kill demons. This novel takes place in Atlanta, 2018. Aside from demons, there are also other supernatural/fantasy elements that are mentioned and slightly involved as well. There's witches, shape-shifters, necromancers and of course, their is Lucifer. The whole concept of Lucifer isn't exactly explained, but we realize that he his the leader of all the demons. Overall, the setting and the supernatural elements involved were very cool. I really did love the characters as well. In my eyes, I'd say that there are two main characters. We follow Riley who is determined to follow in her father's footsteps. Her dad is Paul Blackthorne who is known for being a great demon trapper. Good thing for her is that the Guild needs all the trappers they can get, demon levels are rising in Atlanta. She is only strictly allowed to trap Grade One Hellspawn. There are many types of demons within the levels and what you have to look out for is demons like the Grade Five-Geo Fiend. While some Hellspawn crawl around to find shiny objects, some are much more deadly. When Riley heads to the Library to catch a Grade One Hellspawn that is lurking around, it turns out to be a complete disaster. Turns out that the demon wasn't what is seemed. A Grade Five-Geo Fiend was hidden in the Library and before you knew it, bookshelves went flying. Now, Riley has to deal with the Guild. They do not take incidents like this lightly, and because she is a girl, they won't take it easy on her. But, after they watch the tape, they realize that Riley did great for how dangerous the demon was. They also realize that demons may be working together, which isn't good. However, this isn't the last time that the Grade Five-Geo Fiend strikes. This time, it leads to tragedy and Riley is left wondering who to trust. We also follow Beck alongside of Riley. He was like a second main character to be because he was in the story a lot. Also, he is just as close to Riley's father as Riley is which was great to see. He used to he his apprentice, but he still sees Paul as a mentor, he even sees him as a father. I really liked Beck because it may seem like he has a tough exterior, you realize that it's just a wall that he's built due to past experiences. He didn't have a father growing up, so Paul is who fills that void for him. There is also romance involved that is very cute. It's not deep per say but it was enjoyable. It added a light element to the book which is needed because there is a lot of dark demon stuff. Overall, I loved the characters. I loved Riley's personality because she is such a real character. She said what she had to say and she fought like a real warrior. I appreciated her seriousness and her ability to deal with tricky situations. I also loved Beck. He had such dry, witty humor that was a great touch to the read. But, he was also very serious when he needed to be. He was a very strong character. The only thing I didn't like about this was how slow the plot proceeded. It seemed like it took ages before anything awesome and exciting happened. It took a while before things started to pick up the pace and in terms of action, it was pretty monotone. But, I really did like it. I give it two major thumbs up for how awesome the world was and how great the characters were. I look forward to reading the next book! 2011-011
Date published: 2011-03-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Wonderful New Concept :D I really enjoyed reading this book. It had a great story line with great characters to accompany it. However, there was a few things that confused me about this book. First, it's written in third person but for whatever reason I kept thinking it was in first person and then I would get tripped out when I realized it was actually in third. Also, I found that 'Lucifer' was never really explained fully. Although, I'm pretty sure it's safe to assume that he was the devil who, obviously, ruled over all the demons. All in all, it was a great book that was amazingly intense that intensified ten times over during the last 50 pages. I can't wait for the next book in the series. :)
Date published: 2011-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book :) I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was very interesting. I liked how the author created a world that is similar to how we live today, but so different at the same time. The demons were not what I expected, but it didn't take me long to get how the whole 'demon trapper' thing worked. I loved the main character, Riley. I like that she is brave but is also very dispensable (not like other leading characters where they never get hurt when they're fighting). I also really enjoyed the character Beck, he continued to grow on me throughout the entire book. The book ended on a bit of a cliffhanger, but it was still fantastic. I can't wait for the next one!! I look forward to reading more about Riley, her love life, and her interesting career as a demon trapper :)
Date published: 2011-02-10

Read from the Book

2018A t l a n t a , G e o r g i aRiley Blackthorne rolled her eyes.“Libraries and demons,” she muttered. “What is the attraction?”At the sound of her voice the fiend hissed from its perch on top of the book stack. Then it flipped Riley off .The librarian chuckled at its antics. “It’s been doing that ever since we found it.”They were on the second floor of the university law library, surrounded by weighty books and industrious students. Well, they’d been industrious until Riley showed up, and now most of them were watching her every move. Trapping with an audience is what her dad called it. It made her painfully aware that her work clothes—denim jacket, jeans, and pale blue T-shirt—looked totally Third Worldcompared to the librarian’s somber navy pantsuit.The woman brandished a laminated sheet; librarians were into cataloging things, even Hellspawn. She scrutinized the demon and then consulted the sheet. “About three inches tall, burnt-mocha skin andpeaked ears. Definitely a Biblio-Fiend. Sometimes I get them confused with the Klepto-Fiends. We’ve had both in here before.”Riley nodded her understanding. “Biblios are into books. Rather than stealing stuff they like to pee on things. That’s the big difference.”As if on cue, the Offending Minion of Hell promptly sent an arc of phosphorescent green urine in their direction. Luckily, demons of this size had equally small equipment, which meant limited range, but they both took a cautious step backward. The stench of old gym shoes bloomed around them.“Supposed to do wonders for acne,” Riley joked as she waved a hand to clear the smell. The librarian grinned. “That’s why your face is so clear.”Usually the clients bitched about how young Riley was and whether she was really qualified to do the job, even after she showed them her Apprentice Demon Trapper license. She’d hoped some of that would stop when she’d turned seventeen, but no such luck. At least the librarian was taking her seriously.“How long has it been here?” Riley asked.“Not long. I called right away, so it hasn’t done any real damage,” the librarian reported. “Your dad has removed them for us in the past. I’m glad to see you’re following in his footsteps.”Yeah, right. As if anyone could fill Paul Blackthorne’s shoes.Riley shoved a stray lock of dark brown hair behind an ear. It swungfree immediately. Undoing her hair clip, she rewound her long hair and secured it so the little demon wouldn’t tie it in knots. Besides, she needed time to think.It wasn’t as if she was a complete noob. She’d trapped Biblio-Fiends before, just not in a university law library full of professors and students, including a couple of seriously cute guys. One of them looked up at her, and she regretted being dressed for the job rather than for the scrutiny.She nervously twisted the strap of her denim messenger bag. Her eyes flicked toward a closed door a short distance away. “Rare Book Room.”A demon could do a lot of damage in there.“You see our concern,” the librarian whispered.“Sure do.” Biblio-Fiends hated books. They found immense joy rampaging through the stacks, peeing, ripping, and shredding. To be able to reduce a room full of priceless books and manuscripts to compost would be a demon’s wildest dream. Probably even get the fiend a promotion, if Hell had such a thing.Confidence is everything. At least that’s what her dad always said. It worked a lot better when he was standing next to her.“I can get it out of here, no problem,” she said. Another torrent of swear words came her way. The demon’s high-pitched voice mimicked a mouse being slowly squashed by an anvil. It always made her ears ache. Ignoring the fiend, Riley cleared her suddenly dry throat and launched into a list of potential consequences of her actions. It was the standard demon trapper boilerplate. She began with the usual disclaimers required before extracting a Minion of Hell from a public location, including the clauses about unanticipated structural damage and the threat of demonic possession.The librarian actually paid attention, unlike most clients.“Does that demonic possession thing really happen?” she asked, her eyes widening.“Oh, no, not with the little ones. Bigger demons, yeah.” It was one of the reasons Riley liked trapping the small dudes. They could scratch and bite and pee on you, but they couldn’t suck out your soul and use it as a hockey puck for eternity.If all the demons were like these guys, no big deal. But they weren’t.The Demon Trappers Guild graded Hellfiends according to cunning and lethality. This demon was a Grade One: nasty, but not truly dangerous.There were Grade Threes, carnivorous eating machines with wicked claws and teeth. And at the top end was a Grade Five—a Geo-Fiend, which could create freak windstorms in the middle of shoppingmalls and cause earthquakes with a fl ick of a wrist. And that didn’t include the Archdemons, which made your worst nightmares look tame.Riley turned her mind to the job at hand. The best way to render aBiblio- Fiend incapable of harm was to read to it. The older and moredense the prose, the better. Romance novels just stirred them up, so it was best to pick something really boring. She dug in her messenger bag and extracted her ultimate weapon: Moby-Dick. The book fell open to a green-stained page.The librarian peered at the text. “Melville?”“Yeah. Dad prefers Dickens or Chaucer. For me it’s Herman Melville.  He bored the . . . crap out of me in lit class. Put me to sleep every time.” She pointed upward at the demon. “It’ll do the same to this one.”“Grant thee boon, Blackthorne’s daughter!” the demon wheedled as it cast its eyes around, looking for a place to hide.Riley knew how this worked: If she accepted a favor she’d be obligated to set the demon free.  Accepting favors from fiends was so against the rules. Like potato chips, you couldn’t stop at just one, then you’d find yourself at Hell’s front door trying to explain why your soul had a big brand on it that said “Property of Lucifer.”“No way,” Riley muttered. After clearing her throat, she began reading.“ ‘Call me Ishmael.’ ” An audible groan came from the stack above her. “ ‘Some years ago— never mind how long precisely— having little or no money in my purse, and nothing par ticular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world.’ ”She continued the torture, trying hard not to snicker. There was another moan, then a cry of anguish. By now the demon would be pulling out its hair, if it had any. “ ‘It is a way I have of driving off the spleen, of regulating the circulation. Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul . . .’ ”There was a pronounced thump as the fiend keeled over in a dead faint on the metal shelf.“Trapper scores!” Riley crowed. After a quick glance toward a cute guy at a nearby table, Riley dropped the book and pulled a cup out of her bag. It had the picture of a dancing bear on the side of it.“Is that a sippy cup?” the librarian asked.“Yup. They’re great for this kind of thing. There’re holes in the top so the demons can breathe and it’s very hard for them to unscrew the lids.” She grinned. “Most of all, they really hate them.”Riley popped up on her tiptoes and picked the demon up by a clawed foot, watching it carefully.  Sometimes they just pretended to be asleep in order to escape.This one was out cold.“Well done. I’ll go sign the requisition for you,” the librarian said and headed toward her desk.Riley allowed herself a self-satisfied grin. This had gone just fine.Her dad would be really proud of her. As she positioned the demon over the top of the cup, she heard a laugh, low and creepy. A second later a puff of air hit her face, making her blink. Papers ruffled on tables. Remembering her father’s advice, Riley kept her attention on the demon. It would revive quickly, and when it did the Biblio would go into a frenzy.As she lowered it inside the container, the demon began to twitch.“Oh, no, you don’t,” she said.The breeze grew stronger. Papers no longer rustled but were caught up and spun around the room like rectangular white leaves.“Hey, what’s going on?” a student demanded.There was a curious shifting sound. Riley gave a quick look upward and watched as books began to dislodge themselves from the shelves one by one. They hung in the air like he li cop ters, then veered off at sharp tangents. One whizzed right over the head of a student, and he banged his chin on the table to avoid being hit.The breeze grew, swirling through the stacks like the night wind in a forest. There were shouts and the muffled sound of running feet on carpet as students scurried for the exits.The Biblio stirred, spewing obscenities, flailing its arms in all directions.Just as Riley began to recite the one Melville passage she’d memorized, the fire alarm blared to life, drowning her out. A heavy book glanced off her shoulder, ramming her into the stack. Dazed, she shook her head to clear it. The cup and the cap were on the floor at her feet.The demon was gone.“No! Don’t do this!”Panic stricken, she searched for it. In a maelstrom of books, papers, and flying notebooks, she finally spied the fiend navigating its way toward a closed door, the one that led to the Rare Book Room.  Ducking to avoid a flight of reference books swooping down on her like a flock of enraged seagulls,  Riley grabbed the plastic cup and stashed it in her jacket pocket.She had to get that fiend into the container.To her horror, the Rare Book Room door swung open and a confused student peered outward into the melee. As if realizing nothing stood in its way, the demon took on additional speed. It leapt onto achair recently vacated by a terrifi ed occupant and then onto the top of the reference desk. Small feet pounding, it dove off the desk, executed a roll, and lined itself up for the final dash to the open door, a tiny football player headed for a touchdown.Riley barreled through everyone in her way, her eyes riveted on the small figure scurrying across the floor. As she vaulted over the reference desk something slammed into her back, knocking her off balance. She went down in a sea of pencils, paper, and wire trays. There was a ripping sound: Her jeans had taken one for the team.Scrambling on all fours, she lunged forward, stretching as far as her arms could possibly reach. The fingers of her right hand caught the fiend by the waist, and she dragged it toward her. It screamed and twisted and peed, but she didn’t loosen her grip. Riley pulled the cup from her pocket and jammed the demon inside. Ramming her palm over the top of the cup, she lay on her back staring up at the ceiling. Around her lights flashed and the alarm brayed. Her breath came in gasps and her head ached. Bothknees burned where she’d skinned them.The alarm cut out abruptly and she sighed with relief. There was another chilling laugh. She hunted for the source but couldn’t find it. A low groaning came from the massive bookshelves to her right. On instinct, Riley rolled in the opposite direction, and kept rolling until she rammed into a table leg. With a strained cry of metal the entire bookshelf fell in a perfect arc and hit the carpeted floor where she’d been seconds before, sending books, pages, and broken spines outward in a wave. Suddenly all the debris in the room began to settle, like someone had shut off a giant wind machine.A sharp pain in her palm caused her to shoot bolt upright, connecting her head with the side of the table.“Dammit!” she swore, grimacing. The demon had bitten her. She shook the cup, disorienting the thing, then gingerly got to her feet. The world spun as she leaned against the table, trying to get her bearings.Faces began to appear around her from under desks and behind stacks of books. A few of the girls were crying, and one of the hunky boys held his head and moaned. Every eye was on her.Then she realized why they were staring: her hands were spotted with green pee, and her favorite T-shirt was splashed as well. There was blood on her blue jeans and she’d lost one of her tennis shoes.  Her hair hung in a knotted mass over one shoulder.Heat bloomed in Riley’s cheeks. Trapper fails.When the demon tried to bite her again, she angrily shook the cup, taking her frustration out on the fiend.It just laughed at her.The librarian cleared her throat. “You dropped this,” she said, offering the lid. The woman’s hair looked like it had been styled by a wind tunnel, and she had a yellow sticky note plastered to her cheek that said “Dentist, 10:00 am Monday.”Riley took the lid in a shaking hand and sealed the demon inside the cup.It shouted obscenities and used both hands to flip her off .Same to you, jerk.The librarian surveyed the chaos and sighed. “And to think we used to worry about silverfish.”Riley grimly watched the paramedics haul two students out on stretchers: One had a neck brace and the other babbled incoherently about the end of the world. Cell phones periodically erupted in a confused chorus of ringtones as parents got wind of the disaster. Some kids were jazzed, telling Mom or Dad just how cool it had been and that they were posting videos on the Internet. Others were frightened out of their minds.Like me.It wasn’t fair. She’d done everything right. Well, not everything, but Biblios weren’t supposed to be psychokinetic. No Grade One demon would have the power to cause a windstorm, but somehow it had. There could have been another demon in the library, but they never work as a team.So who laughed at me? Her eyes slowly tracked over the remaining students.No clue. One of the cute guys was stuffi ng books in his backpack.When she caught his eye, he just shook his head in disapproval as if she were a naughty five-year-old.Rich creep. He had to be if he was still in college.Digging in her messenger bag, she pulled out a warm soda and took several long gulps. It didn’t cut the taste of old paper in the back of her throat. As she jammed the bottle into her bag the demon bite flared in pain. It was starting to swell and made her arm throb all the way to the elbow. She knew she should treat it with Holy Water, but the cops had told her not to move and she didn’t think the library would appreciate her getting their carpet wet.At least the cops weren’t asking her questions anymore. One of them had tried to bully her into making a statement, but that had only made her mad. To shut him up she’d called her father. She’d told him that something had gone wrong and handed the phone to the cop.“Mr. Blackthorne? We got a situation here,” he huffed.Riley shut her eyes. She tried not to listen to the conversation, but that proved impossible. When the cop started with the attitude, her father responded with his you- don’t-want- to- go- there voice. He’dperfected it as a high school teacher when facing down mouthy teens.Apparently campus cops were also susceptible to the voice: The officer murmured an apology and handed her the phone.“Dad? I’m so sorry. . . .” Tears began to build. No way she’d cry in front of the cop, so Riley turned her back to him. “I don’t know what happened.”There was total silence on the other end of the phone. Why isn’t he saying anything? God, he must be furious. I’m so dead.“Riley . . .” Her father took in a long breath. “You sure you’re not hurt?”“Yeah.” No point in telling him about the bite; he’d see that soon enough.“As long as you’re okay, that’s all that matters.”Somehow Riley didn’t think the university would be so forgiving.“I can’t get free here so I’ll send someone for you. I don’t want you taking the bus, not after this.”“Okay.”More silence as the moments ticked by. She felt her heart tighten.“Riley, no matter what happens, I love you. Remember that.”Blinking her eyes to keep the tears in check, Riley stowed the phone in her messenger bag. She knew what her father was thinking: Her apprentice license was history.But I didn’t do anything wrong.The librarian knelt next to her chair. Her hair was brushed back in place and her clothes tidied. Riley envied her. The world could end and she’d always look neat. Maybe it was a librarian thing, something they taught them in school.“Sign this, will you?” the woman said.Riley expected a lengthy list of damages and how she’d be responsible for paying for them. Instead, it was the requisition for payment of demon removal. The one a trapper signed when the job was done.“But—” Riley began.“You caught him,” the librarian said, pointing toward the cup resting on the table. “Besides, I looked at the demon chart. This wasn’t just one of the little guys, was it?” Riley shook her head and signed the form, though her fingers were numb.“Good.” The librarian pushed back a strand of Riley’s tangled hair and gave her a tentative smile.  “Don’t worry; it’ll be okay.” Then she was gone.Riley’s mom had said that right before she died. So had her dad after their condo burned to the ground. Adults always acted like they could fix everything.But they can’t. And they know it.

Editorial Reviews

"Devilishly clever and totally unique." -P.C. Cast, bestselling author of the House of Night series"Riley Blackthorne is all heart and no nonsense! She will no doubt join the ranks of the toughest, smartest urban fantasy heroines of all ages." -Jeri Smith-Ready, award-winning author of Shade and Shift"Readers will delight in the novelty and eagerly await the next book in this proposed series." -Booklist"With a strong female heroine, a fascinating setting, and a complex, thrill-soaked story, this series is off to a strong start." -Publishers Weekly"...interesting characters and a detailed world." -Kirkus Reviews