Oh my god, this book is awesome. It is the best one since Bitten and it also heralds one of the most complex but rewarding stories of the series.
Eve Levine, Savannah’s dead half-demon, black witch mother, is the narrator for this tale. She died back just before Stolen and for the past three years has been enjoying her afterlife, the only negative is that she can’t communicate with her daughter. For all of her pitfalls she is one devoted mother.
Back in the previous book *SPOILERS* Eve helped Paige and Lucas escape from the land of the dead after Lucas was shot and since then she has owed the Fates a favour, one they have come to collect. An evil spirit called the Nix has escaped from hell. She’s one tricky customer, feeding on chaos and death and getting other people to do her evil bidding.
Eve has the not-so-envious job of hunting and catching the Nix before she can do much harm and much to Eve’s chagrin she is forced to carry out the job with the angel sword and as the blurb on the back of the book says ‘Eve’s no angel.’ *SPOILERS OVER*
This book is a huge reminder of how great Kelley Armstrong’s imagination is. In this she has created whole new world, almost brand new concept of the afterlife but she still keeps true to every other aspect of the world she has created. Not only does her story work in the an alternate version of the real world but it also works in a completely different one and that is a mark of genius.
The afterlife actually doesn’t seem that bad. There are loads of different places and things to be, for instance there’s a place in the afterlife which is pirate themed with ships and everything. Then there are several dimensions of hell and whilst looking for the Nix, Eve ends up in one. She ends up in the house of Lizzie Borden. You know, the woman this is about: Lizzie Borden took an axe, and gave her mother forty whacks, when she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty one. If you don’t know the story then basically she was accused of murdering her step-mother and then her father, she was put on trial but the jury found her innocent and the murders weren’t really solved.
*SPOILERS* However, in Haunted Eve witnesses Lizzie getting up, grabbing the axe and brutally murdering her parents. In a brief interlude they have a chat and it’s revealed that the Nix was ultimately responsible because she had possessed Lizzie and forced her to kill. I think this was pretty clever because during the actual trial in the closing statement of the defense Governor Robinson said the crime could only have been committed by a maniac or a devil, and the Nix is a bit of both. As a punishment for what she had done in life the Fates made Lizzie relive the murders over and over again for eternity.*SPOILERS OVER*
This is just a taste of what Armstrong has done with this novel, the story is so good and it’s addictive. I first read this back when I was in school and I was so close to the end that I couldn’t put it down even though it was late at night. I did end up oversleeping and missing the school trip to the London Dungeons though.
Eve is such a brilliant character, she’s so awesome despite her tendencies to do bad but hey she’s a black witch, what else are we to expect? She’s smart and has a brilliant sense of humour, she’s also easily relatable and while her romance side of things isn’t as engrossing as Elena’s it’s still kind of sweet. Who knew death could be so full of life?
From the other books all we’ve heard about Eve is a load of bad things, how she was evil and a rebellious and arrogant, but this book puts her in a whole new light. She’s actually a bit like Paige in that she was bored with the Coven life and wanted more out of magic.
She also really cares for Savannah, even though she’s dead she has her daughter’s best interests at heart. The desperation in which she struggles to keep her alive is touching and it’s one of her best qualities.
With an amazing story and wonderful characters and a few great twists this is one of the best and most memorable, everything about it stands out and the ending is brilliant.