Divinity by Patricia Leever
Summary : Amusing. Appealing & Gratifying quick read.
Divinity is short, simple, and sweet with a heavy dose of kickass. Think of this as a quick read with the perfect mix of playful and heavy tones in theme… and an excessively difficult female trailed by a man on a mission.
Evelyn Brighton is a 135-year-old demon hunter with an extraordinary skill set that makes her deadly. She has not only mastered the techniques of fighting and magic use, but is one of the few who can wield the prestigious divinity. In short, she is lethal and carries a no bull attitude with a cool, detached demeanor. Evelyn is not the type to loose hold of her tightly wound emotions, at least not until her boss orders her to train the rookie demon hunter, Daniel. Evelyn’s world soon constricts as she struggles to train Daniel and keep the inexplicable pull she feels towards him at bay.
The premise is excellent. Demons, hunting, spells, tattoos… sure those concepts are around, but not quite like they exist in this series. Leever did an interesting thing when she paired the hunter with a handler, one I found rather intriguing. I just wish there was more about the selection process, and of course more about the pull of destiny. World building was straightforward but could have used more attention. I wanted more details than were provided; fortunately what was given was sufficient enough to move the story along.
Characters are unique, each with their own talents, quirks, and personalities. This is something that I value greatly in novels and am happy to say Leever created such an enjoyable read for me. Are there credible relationship developments? No, no there are not but that is O.K. Though I did get the feeling that the dynamics between the pairs and their romantic interests were just too copacetic.
While the story is predictable, and it has the typical hardass-who-doesn’t-want-to-be-in-love-angst, it works. There is fun and witty banter, interesting plot developments, and likeable characters. The narrative is fluid, with a pace and tone that propels it forward with satisfying ease.
*** This Review Copy was received by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ***