Sep 192014
 
Review: Kindling the MoonKindling the Moon (Arcadia Bell #1) by Jenn Bennett
Published by Pocket on Jun 28, 2011
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback from Purchased
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Meet Arcadia Bell: bartender, renegade magician, fugitive from the law. . . .

Being the spawn of two infamous occultists (and alleged murderers) isn’t easy, but freewheeling magician Arcadia “Cady” Bell knows how to make the best of a crummy situation. After hiding out for seven years, she’s carved an incognito niche for herself slinging drinks at the demon-friendly Tambuku Tiki Lounge.

But she receives an ultimatum when unexpected surveillance footage of her notorious parents surfaces: either prove their innocence or surrender herself. Unfortunately, the only witness to the crimes was an elusive Æthyric demon, and Cady has no idea how to find it. She teams up with Lon Butler, an enigmatic demonologist with a special talent for sexual spells and an arcane library of priceless stolen grimoires. Their research soon escalates into a storm of conflict involving missing police evidence, the decadent Hellfire Club, a ruthless bounty hunter, and a powerful occult society that operates way outside the law. If Cady can’t clear her family name soon, she’ll be forced to sacrifice her own life . . . and no amount of running will save her this time.

Not a new series to the urban fantasy genre, but a new-to-me one, and one that I’m very happy to have found. Arcadia (Cady) Bell is a sassy and busy heroine. Her series starts with quite a few tasks and adventures, which made for a very exciting story.

Cady is a likeable character, and so is her somewhat partner Lon, but it’s Lon’s son Jupe who clearly steals the show. A talkative and very charismatic young teen, he brings a ton of light, energy and sheer fun to every scene he’s in. I seriously want more story, just so Jupe can have more page time.

While magic is clearly in abundance in this book, it’s the details surrounding demons that most interested me. The amount of work that went into developing the world/race rules is clearly evident, and I was impressed at all the subtle and unique details that were woven into the creatures.

Overall, this was a fun UF adventure featuring characters I loved right away. Although the plotline was wrapped up well, I can see there will be lots more in store for Cady in the future, and I can’t wait to read all about it.

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