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Graveyard Child by M.L.N. Hanover

What could be worse than going home?

Maybe I should ask what would be worse than going home where you’re not welcome?

That’s the question Jayne finds out in Graveyard Child. As we’ve learned from the first four books, Jayne Heller, the middle child and only girl, broke from her family when she moved to Arizona and went to ASU. ASU being a secular college and not what her father approved of his only girl leaving home to attend. After years of being away from home she’s now coming full circle and heading back to where her life started. She wants answers, moreover she needs answers, and there’s only one place she can get them. The one place she dreads – home to her parents in Witchita, Kanasas.

Since Darker Angels we’ve know Jayne’s family has some hidden secrets. It was within these pages we learn along with Jayne that her mother had had an affair, yet we didn’t know who the affair had been with. In Vicious Grace we learn how much of a bastrad Jayne’s uncle Eric was, still no one knew what Eric had planned for Jayne. Now at book five we still don’t know what Eric’s plan had been but we do know at some point in Jayne’s life a rider had attached itself to her. From Killing Rites we know the rider is The Black Sun’s Daughter, yet we still don’t know if the rider was part of Eric’s plan or if there was something more going on.

Jayne is still coming to terms with having a rider inside her but she’s more accepting of the Black Sun then she had been before. Jayne’s been growing as a characher since we first saw the twenty something in Unclean Spirits, yet she still has some growth to do and we see that in this book. Jayne’s growth in Graveyard Child may seem a little off at first, and I say this because when she’s with her family she doesn’t always seem as strong and in controlas we’ve see  her in previous books. However when she’s away from her father, and not feeling like a child, we see the woman that Jayne is becoming. Besides its not like the rest of us haven’t been in her shoes when going home, wanting our parents approval, granted most of us probably have it whereas Jayne does not and I can see how defieing him and turning away from his values broke something between them. Though I don’t get the open hatred and aggression he has toward her even as the family skeletons come to light.

As Jayne arrives in the town she brew up in she’s now questioning all of Eric’s actions as she tries not to follow in his footsteps any longer. Nonetheless she does want answers and she’ll stop at almost nothing to get them. Jayne subjects herself to mental and sometimes physical pain to learn the truth about her family history, her mothers affair and Uncle Eric. Dark secrets come to light and Jayne’s world gets turned upside down again. Thankfully she has her friends/ new family by her side, and as always they are there to protect and comfort her.

At the end of Killing Rites when Jayne made the decision to go home she was on somewhat unsteading ground with Ex and Chogyi Jake. Ex because of what happened with his friends and former priest and Chogyi Jake because he left him in Chicage to recoup and hadn’t called him to meet up with them until she was in trouble. As they’ve been driving to Witchita, Kanasas things have gotten better, though she still feels like shit for leaving Chogyi Jake. Now however its not just the three of them, no Aubrey didn’t return he’s still in Chicago with Kim, but they do have Ozzie, the dog Median Clark had been taking care of in Killing Rites.

For Jayne coming home is truly the old coliding with the new. Jayne’s new life and family meets the new, and it doesn’t mesh the way one would hope. Ex and Chogyi Jake meet Jayne’s older brother Jay, and her little brother Kurt along with her mother and father. And the three of them met Carla for the first time. Carla is Jay’s pregnat girlfriend, he met in Flordia. In Graveyard Child the family is preparing for the “shot gun” wedding Jay has to have since getting Carla pregnat. So it’s not like the family isn’t stressed already when Jayne arrives, and then there are the unseen forces that have popped their ugly head s up.

Upon arriving home Jayne not only has to fight with her father about the choices she has made, she also has internal struggles she’s dealing with when the Invisible College and Graveyard Child make their move. The Invisible College turns out to be the easiest problem she has to face. Between her parents and the remaining parties of the Invisible College Jayne, Ex and Chogyi Jake learn the truth about that happened to Jayne when she was sixteen, how long the rider has been in her and how long members of her family have known about riders. You’ll be amazed to learn the truth just as the gang was.

With all this new information you gotta wonder what comes next. What can and will M.L.N. Hanover do to Jayne. The series didn’t seem like it was ending but one can never tell. I can see two possibly three more books come before the end.

Jayne seems like she’s in a better place at the end of Graveyard Child. She’s learned who/what she is, she’s now moved past all her family issues and is ready to make her own way with her friends in tow. This was a truly growth book for Jayne. She’s no longer the scared twenty something now she knows whats out there and is still scared but knows how to handle herself and the things that go bump in the night. Instead of wondering if Eric would have done something this way or that she doesn’t care because she is making her own decisions and not following blindly after her deceased uncle.

We see a little growth in Ex but I’d like to see more. I’m ready to hear what he has to tell Jayne that he wouldn’t say in Killing Rites. He needs to ge over the fact that Jayne’s being ridden and speak his mind/heart. As cor Chogyi Jake I’m not sure what growth he needs, when we first met him he was a pretty well arounded character. Maybe his thing is the need to be there as a protector, friend, and educator cor Jayne. The one person that grounds everyone else. I’d like to see a little more from the Aubrey and Kim relationship with Jayne. We actually talk with them in Graveyard Child but Jayne is still feeling guilty for what Eric did to them when she had nothing to do with it. It’s going to be interesting to see what happens between the Invisible College and Jayne now. This book was a real eye opener and there are so many things that can be explored. Lastly we have the status of Jayne and the Black Sun’s Daughter and what’s going to happen with it. Well Jayne get read of her or will something else happen. The new dynamics are going to be interesting and fun to watch.

I hope you enjoy this latest installment as much as I did.


One of my favorite Author’s just popped up on audible. You can now download M.L.N Hanover and find out why I love The Black Sun’s Daughter Series.

2011 favorites and disappointing

Top five favorite books of the year –

Pale Demon by Kim Harrison,

A Discovery of Withes by Deborah Harkness,

Kitty’s Big Trouble by Carrie Vaughn,

The Neon Graveyard by Vicki Pettersson,

Hard Bitten & Drink Deep by Chloe Neill.

Disappointing books of 2011 –

Something Deadly This Way Comes by Kim Harrison,

Passion by Lauren Kate,

Ghost Story by Jim Butcher,

Even though I like River Marked by Patricia Briggs a lot it wasn’t as good as some of the above.


Killing Rites Review

Killing Rites by M.L.N. Hanover

Killing Rites is book four in Hanover’s Black Sun’s Daughters series. I do love this series and I’m glad that it seems that it won’t come to an end. I can’t wait until next November to see if there will be a new book and to find out what Jayné Heller and her friends do next.

In every Black Sun’s Daughter book we see Jayné and the crew in a different city, in book one Unclean Spirits they are in Denver, book two Darker Angels has them in New Orleans, and book three Vicious Grace takes them to Chicago. Which brings us to book four Killing Rites where Jayné and Ex, one of her friends, go to New Mexico, to San Esteban to be exact. Killing Rites is darker than the first three to me. We see Jayné leaving friends behind in Chicago and trying unsuccessfully to deal with the aftermath of what she had to do in Chicago. Kill an innocent to save the world from madness. Not only is Jayné dealing with murdering someone but she has decided/figured out that there is a rider inside her. A rider is a demon who hides in a human’s body that sooner or later takes control of the human. We learn about riders in book one Unclean Spirits. When Jayné and Ex, Ex is a former priest, decide to remove her rider they try to Santa Fe and stay at one of the properties that Jayné inherited from her, bastard of an Uncle, Eric. Calling Eric a bastard is being polite as you’ll find out if you read the Series. If you’ve read it then you know.

In Killing Rites Jayné and Ex, come home to Ex’s former life. They left Chogyi Jake, Aubrey and Kim back in Chicago. Aubrey and Kim are working on getting back together after Eric split them apart. Chogyi Jake is/ was recuperating from the battle at Grace Memorial Hospital. With their friends out of sight they become intimate but not in a sexual way. Ex as we know has feelings for Jayné hasn’t figured out if she has the same feelings for Ex. However their feelings are just a subplot in this book, and it’s far from romantic because before Chogyi Jake arrives Ex puts Jayné through hell, literally. Ex was a priest who was in a group sanctioned by the Vatican to preform exorcisms. Ex as we learn was one of the best but something happened and he left the group. Yes we learn what happened within the pages, but it’s a biggie so I can’t give you that detail. Now he’s bringing Jayné to them too remove her rider. This doesn’t go the way they were hoping and hell pretty much breaks lose.

Before the shit really hits the fan Jayné meets up with an old friend Midian Clark, a vampire, and they have along conversation about everything that’s been going on. He gives Jayné some advice, but at that time it’s not, really taken as such. When Jayné returns to the church, Ex and the priests preform part of an exorcism trying to remove her rider unsuccessfully. This is when things get hairy and shit hits the fan. Here Jayné must turn away from her last remaining friend to save her life and others. She goes back to where she found Midian and finds that he has disappeared. Now she’s truly alone and has to make a plan when she doesn’t have money, id, a cell phone or a car, thankfully she’s able to get a hold of her lawyer for help. Jayné makes a plan, not a very good one, but at least she mat one and heads out to make Ex and his friends believe her even with a rider inside her. She does get a little luck when she learns that Chogyi Jake has arrived, even though he’s with Ex. Chogyi, however doesn’t tell Ex when he talks to Jayné and he sticks to Jayné’s side when he can. This is where things get interesting and while the book is full of action. At this part of the story we get the most kick ass action.

I can’t finish telling you what happens in the book, but there are more riders in this book than any other. We do find out who the rider in Jayné is finally and now things make a little more sense. The hider is who protects Jayné when trouble comes and they come to an understanding to save those who need saving. In the end not all conflicts are settled but that’s okay because we know what Jayné, Ex and Chogyi Jake are trying to do, and we have an idea on where they will most likely be traveling next. Since we know where they will go next, it seems like next November will be a good month. Hopefully book five will be released so we can find out what happens next for Jayné. Maybe she’ll find the answers that have plagued her or at least better answers. This truly is an Urban Fantasy you don’t want to miss.

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