Jayne (pronounced zha-NAY) Heller has just
dropped out of college and is wondering what to do with her life. Her uncle Eric is
murdered and she is shocked to find shes his sole heir. Shes even more shocked
to find out hes worth billions. Then she finds out hes been fighting
supernatural beings for years and was about to assassinate the leader of a cabal of
wizards, the Invisible College, that harness demon spirits for their own ends of power and
Even after a hit squad tries to kill her, Jayne is sceptical magic and
evil demons exist. Then she encounters a possessed dog and becomes a believer. She decides
to honour her uncles memory by continuing his fight against the Invisible College
and their leader, Randolph Coin. Jayne has a team at her back made up of friends of
Erics - Aubrey, a scientific researcher of parasites who has a relationship with
Jayne; Miridin, a horrific looking man under a 200 year old curse by Randall Coin; Chogyi
Jake, a Buddhist with zen-ish ways and mystical abilities; and Ex, a former Jesuit priest
who may have a thing for Jayne (I havent figured it out yet).
This book was interesting and had a new take on the supernatural theme.
There was a lot of action, some mystery, and a great cast of supporting characters. M.L.N.
Hanover uses a lot of foul language though. It fits the characters well, but you may not
want tweens to read it. I really enjoyed Unclean Spirits and would recommend it to others
who like urban fantasy. Im looking forward to reading Darker Angels: Black
Suns Daughter book 2. M.L.N. Hanover is a pseudonym for Daniel Abraham a
Hugo nominated author.