Review: The Underground City (Lily Harper #2) by H.P Mallory

I know today’s review is a bit late, but Day Five’s review is The Underground City by H.P Mallory.  This is the second book in her Lily Harper series.  I just adore H.P Mallory.  All of her stories are full of fun and sass that makes you want to read more.  I have read all three of her series’.  This second installment does what H.P does best it makes the story even more exciting and develops the characters and storyline until your begging her for the next book.  Be sure to keep reading after the book blurb for my review.  And don’t forget about my giveaway still going on.  Only a little over a week left.

18001753Book Blurb:

Abandon Hope, All Ye Who Enter Here…

Lily Harper narrowly survived her first mission as a Soul Retriever in the first level of the Underground City. After that harrowing trip, she wants nothing more than some down-time, but as with most things involving the afterlife, nothing ever quite works out the way Lily wants it to.

Her newest mission will see her traveling to the sewer aqueduct of the Underground City and later, the prison. But, luckily for Lily, she’s got the hunky yet antisocial bladesmith, Tallis Black, by her side. And quite possibly unluckily for her, she’s also got her guardian angel, Bill, who’s up to his old, foul-mouthed antics.

Between learning how to wield her sword, personal training with a hot-headed demon, traveling to the Underground City not one but two times and discovering that the leader of the Underground City harbors a curious fascination with her, Lily’s hope was abandoned a long time ago.

Review:

The Underground City takes up where Better off Dead left us.  Tallis has come to see Lily and not for the reasons Bill assumes.  Tallis has come to continue training her and has a surprise in an additional trainer.  Tallis will train Lily in the sword and her other trainer will turn her body into a lean fighting weapon.  Lily can handle the first part its the second part that has her bulking.  That is until she receives her next assignment.  Lily is being made to go back to The Underground City to retrieve another soul.  Only this one is located in the second level.  Unsure of how to get back in since her previous trip burned a bridge or two, Tallis uses his indepth knowledge to get them to that level but it requires some really dirty work.  Once they are there they come across a minion of the Leader of The Underground City.  Lily is being summoned to meet the mysterious leader.  For Lily dealing with the enigmatic leader is all in a days work.  She does after all have to deal with a malcontented, sexy, yet so frustrating, Tallis and the never helpful, always pain in the ass, guardian Angel Bill.  All Lily is sure of is that it’s not going to be easy retrieving all of souls to get herself out her contract.

I love these characters.  H.P Mallory has such a way of creating characters that will excite and frustrate you.  I adore Tallis but I can’t wait until we start really discovering who he is.  Bill as always is entertaining.  His use/misuse of the English language is always hilarious and most of the time quite funny and confusing.  This second book in this series did a fantastic job in propelling the story onto the next level.  It introduced new characters and developed the existing ones to keep the story interesting.  Lily’s adventures in soul retrieving is so fun and entertaining.  I have to say that my favorite part of this series is the use of Dante’s Inferno and his circles of hell.  It definitely makes it unique read and great series that H.P Mallory has yet again created.  Overall, a great story and wonderful series.  If you’ve never read any of H.P Mallory’s books you are definitely missing out on a fun and exciting read.

 

 

 

Review: To Kill A Warlock by H.P Mallory

Wow…I can’t believe its been almost a week since I last posted.  I feel like such a slacker.  I have been pretty busy with things, but I have been able to get quite a lot of reading done.  The first of the many books I have finished was To Kill A Warlock by H.P Mallory.  I decided to start this as just a fun light read to help me get past a lull in my current book.  I didn’t mean for this to become yet another series I am reading.  But, it has sucked me in and I can’t wait to talk about it.

To Kill A Warlock begins by introducing us to Dulcie O’Neil.  She is a fairy who we find at her friend Sam’s home turned into some sort of monster.  Sam is a witch and is expected to help her reverse the enchantment that was placed on her by a dark arts warlock. Dulcie is a Regulator for the ANC.  She is a law enforcement agent in charge of keeping Netherworld creatures in line.  When the warlock who cast the spell on her to begin with is found dead and she is the last person to have seen him she must investigate.  She encounters a being she is unable to figure out while trying to investigate.  This being is Knighley Vander and he is a Regulator from the Netherworld side.  Knight is sent to find out what is slaying these Netherworld creatures and stop it.  He partners with Dulcie under the pretense of secrecy.  All the while she is working the case with her boss, Quillen and another Regulator, Trey.  She also gets additional help from Bram a very prominent vampire and an admirer of Dulcies’.  Dulcie, Knight and the rest must find who is controlling this monster before more people or themselves get killed.  The only problem is that when the answer comes to light Dulcie will wish she was left in the dark.

I really liked this book.  So much so I had to read the other books in the series.  H.P Mallory is a very good writer.  She brings the world of the Netherworld and its sister cities on Earth to life.  Her characters are well-developed and you absolutely fall in love with them.  I have to say one of my favorite parts is that Dulcie is an aspiring romance writer.  It just seems so out of the ordinary but fits her.  Another aspect that is quite entertaining is the interactions between Dulcie and her many love interests. They range from her boss to the newly arrived Knight to Bram the relentless vampire.   I must say I do want a Knight of my own though.  I look forward to finishing the series soon with her latest book, Wuthering Frights.  I challenge anyone who picks up this book not to want to continue to read on.

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