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The Bad

There were large swathes of passages where I was bored to death! Lordy, lordy. If I had been reading this instead of listening to the audiobook, I may not have been able to get as far as I did. 

And speaking of the audiobook, I think the narrator, Angela Rysk, may have had a cold during the first book. It was aggravating.

The Good 

None of the bad stopped me from getting addicted to the series. I listened to the first four books back to back to the detriment of my wallet. I have the fifth one but it’s slow going because the audiobook was not on sale, and I’m saving my audible credits for my summer road trips (Marlon James!!! I see you watching me).  

-The protagonist is in a 40 year-older woman’s body. (+1 diversity points).

-One of her best friends is a 50-year-old  werewolf. (+2 diversity parts).

Neutral: After gorging on four books straight, my thoughts were officially voiced by the narrator. It was very weird.

The Imp Series has a great example of a love triangle. Samantha Martin has her human/physical lover, and an angel/non-corporeal lover. There was brief jealousy noted between the human and the angel, but by the third novel, Samantha and all involved accepted the relationships. It was very well done! Octavia Butler would have been impressed. It was on of the many things that put this series on a whole new level for me. It was like a cotton candy filled with vitamin A, vitamin B, and the right amount of protein.

Speaking of the angel. He had no sex organs!!! Wha…. Yeah. I said it. No genitalia.

Mind Blown.

But oh my goodness. The sex scene between Samantha and her angel was still out of this world and Steamy. I read it twice!  (+10 for hawtness and diversity points). Interesting to note: there was no sex in the first book.

Characterization was steady and consistent. Samantha was an imp who loved causing trouble, drinking vodka, chilling with her human lover snuggling and eating hot wings.

World building

There are three levels/worlds: Aureu  for the angels (sp??); earth for the humans, vampires, and werewolves; and Hel for the elves and demons.

Species: Demons, Angels, Elves, Werewolves, Vampires (sprites and faries were breifly mentioned)

Demon subgroups: imps, lows, succubi, incubi, (more I can’t recall)

Angels: Gate Guardians, enforcers, (a few others I can’t recall. The sub groups are not as detailed as the demon world)

Elves: not too many details.  Book Five seems to talk about them a lot. They use humans as slaves. Not cool. This may change in later books.

Werewolves: are strongly controlled by the angels. Not cool. This may change in later books.

Vampires: so far they are the least interesting of the species. Book 2 spent a little time in their world.

Magic System

Very, very detailed and had something to do with converting energy.

She could change shape, repair herself, blow energy at people.

She could own and devour souls

drawback she couldn’t exist within inanimate objects. She couldn’t heal other living things very well.

If an angel detected her energy they could kick her out of earth or kill her, but she finds a way around this.

There weren’t too many down sides to her magic, but there were a few limitations.

There you have it. It isn’t a perfect series, but anyone that loves good world building and diversity in their fantasy would love the Imp Series by Debra Dunbar.

Upcoming Review : Dead of Night (Ghost & Magic Series) by M.R. Forbes

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