Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on October 19, 2018
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Paranormal Meets Small Town in the latest series opener from the Banshee Creek world. After all the build up percolating in the background of the rest of the Banshee Creek books and connected series, we finally get to see where all those ominous warnings were leading and it seems it will take a Necromancer, her demon chihuahua familiar, her ghost high school crush, and a band of paranormals who are more than they seem to defeat the big bad.
Oh yep, you read that last sentence right. This is Banshee Creek after all where a gal coming back to her small town roots encounters a spiritual trap on her old ancestral home that summons monster squid from another dimension, that brings an encounter with her high school crush enjoying his afterlife as the spirit protector of his home town, and the PRoVE folks turning out to be a bit of something more than the paranormal fanatics and science types the world things they are.
But, its all hands on deck when someone is deliberately summoning monsters from another dimension and a mysterious cult seems to be operating in the background and behind the summons. The death count is rising and world-weary necromancer, Claire Delacourt, must step up and take the mantle for the family legacy of fighting what goes thump in the night and threatens the world.
Right away, I enjoyed having Claire as the heroine and sole narrator of the story. She had a hard time of it as a kid and teen when she was the freak who saw ghosts and danger in every shadow, but now she’s a famous TV personality and has her own ghost hunter show though her demon chihuahua partner, Pookie gets the most fan mail. Behind the scenes, they aren’t just playing it up for the camera, but work as a team to kill the dangerous paranormals lurking and dangerous to people. She has come into her own and is no longer that unsure girl who didn’t fit in. She is a powerful and confident fighter. Oh, she’s not invulnerable and can be injured and even questions how she can defeat these inter dimensional Lovecraft-esque monsters just as she isn’t as indifferent as she claims about being around Cole again even in ghost form, but she’s the tough gal now and owns the quirks of being the creepy gal who sees and chats with ghosts.
I enjoyed seeing Cole Hunt finally step out of the background for a much bigger role. He was always that character in the epilogues and last pages of the other stories whom readers knew was orchestrating things in Banshee Creek though oh so mysterious. His preparations now make better sense. He may be a ghost, but the man who died a soldier and protector is here still fighting on the front lines and protecting. He’s a great sidekick and help to Claire who still gets flustered around him. I enjoyed having both Cole and Pookie as Claire’s back up.
What a fun twist PRoVE turned out to be! All this time I thought they were harmless paranormies…. They were always responsible for some of the funniest scenes in the earlier books, but now, I can’t wait to see what comes of this new reality that group will bring for the series.
The main mystery of who was opening the gates to let the monsters through and killing or attempting to kill specific people in Banshee Creek is answered, but the overarching issue caused by the increase in power and magic that is returning to the world is left open. I look forward to seeing what comes next for Claire and everyone as their next challenge comes to them.
Hex Marks the Spot does begin a brand new series and I think newcomers who love Urban Fantasy can start here with little difficulty, but might have a mild sense that there were earlier stories.
It is part of the Banshee Creek world of books that began with the Banshee Creek series, then the Main Street Witches were released with the Ghost Hunters After Dark short stories mixed in there, and then these were followed by the Magical Curiosity Shoppe series of short stories.
All these introduce the town and many of its residents including the ghosts that are mentioned as background characters in this new book.