Hellfire: Sets a new bar for Ann Aguirre

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Hellfire sets a new bar for Ann Aguirre. While I have always admired Aguirre’s writing talent, I have never had trouble setting down her books and coming back later — sometimes much later. To me, Hellfire represents a significant improvement over her earlier works. It was not immediately clear to me why. For one thing, this second book in the CORINE SOLOMON series is almost a cliché of an urban fantasy, featuring a single woman protagonist with paranormal abilities trying to decide between two hunky supernaturally talented guys as she moves through a whirlwind adventure filled with action, danger, and intrigue. Been there, liked that…

So what makes Hellfire better than Aguirre’s previous work? All I can say with certainty is that the suspense, drama, and pacing feels much improved. At a loss to explain the difference, I went back and reread the last sentence of the first dozen or so chapters. Buy it and try it, and you’ll see what I mean. Perhaps she overused this tactic, and maybe she’s always done it without my noticing, but I found Hellfire quite enjoyable and far harder to put down than previous novels. I eagerly anticipate the next CORINE SOLOMON novel and recommend the series to fans of contemporary fantasy.

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STEPHEN (S.B.) FRANK, one of our guest contributors, earned a Ph.D. at Duke University and works in the field of education reform. When he needs a break from real life, he likes to indulge in urban fantasy. He has a particular love for humor, so some of his favorite authors are Dakota Cassidy, Mary Janice Davidson, Mark Henry, Julie Kenner, Katie MacAlister, Richelle Mead and Christopher Moore.

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