The Bold and the Beautiful

Let’s say you wake up one morning and discover that you’re the lovechild of a Greek goddess and a Titan. And on top of that, your granddaddy is big ol’ Zeus himself. Wouldn’t that be a kick in the head?

Face it, Tiger, no amount of counseling is going to cure your complicated family affairs. No way. You might be an immortal sorceress, “the biggest and baddest magic-user in all of creation,” but you still won’t be able to rise above your family’s messy proclivities. But try you must.

Sorceress, Interrupted is the third book in A.J. Menden’s on-going Elite Hands of Justice series. Up to this point, Fantazia (the immortal sorceress mentioned above, not the half-forgotten American Idol warbler) was just an enigmatic minor character. But this time she gets an entire novel all to herself.

And she needs it. Not only does she have to untangle her knotty family history, but she’s got to save the world too. By nature, she’s not the hero type. She prefers to hide in a pocket universe and mingle with the patrons of her bar, the Memory Plague. But when the EHJ calls, she squeezes into her skimpy black lace body stocking and zips up her thigh-high stiletto-heeled black boots and reports for duty. She’s a “hard-as-nails bitch” and a prime mover.  Nobody, not even her crazy Olympus-bound brood, is going to get in her way.

Like previous EHJ novels, this one is a solid superhero/romance adventure with an emphasis on romance. The superheroes fight evil by day and fraternize (lustfully) by night. They are a righteous bunch, but they often fall prey to gossip, jealousy, and petty bickering. Their latest mission is sparked by familial entanglements shared by Fantazia and Wesley Charles, the Reincarnist, and is further inflamed by Greek mythology, Lovecraftian cosmic horror, and a frightening supernatural prophecy. Staying true to its soap opera roots, there’s a lot of stuff going on in this book. And there are a lot of secrets to be revealed too. All in all, just an average day as the world turns.

[Sorceress, Interrupted / By A.J. Menden / First Printing: June 2011 / ISBN: 9781428511200]

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