Orlando—land of that famous mouse—is on day three hundred sixty-two of my demon ban and life is… boring. Until a demon finds a way around my magical blockade with a new demonic drug. Now humans are getting high and disappearing while tweeners—magical beings that live in the land between On High and Hell—are grinding on my last, violent nerve. When my son is infected with the evil taint, I realize this demon has forgotten my rules: order, secrecy, discretion, and don’t screw with me or my stuff.
Bryony is mine. Orlando is mine. This dem’s head? It’s gonna be mine, too.
But, as much as I want to deal with this alone, I can’t. I have to face Samkiel—my fallen angel mate I lost to evil. On High has given him back some of his angelic mojo and I need his purifying hand to cleanse human souls, his help tracking down the local dealer, and him at my side when we locate the dem determined to get his claws into the mouse’s house.
I lost Sam once and survived. The question now is whether I can survive losing both of the men I love most? Or rather, will the world survive?
So what will Caith do when her 'adopted' son is targeted by black magic? In fact, it's not just Bry in danger but the souls of other Orlando residents are also under attack. Time to speak to good old Uncle Luc, aka Satan, but that's a lot harder than it sounds. Then of course as if Caith didn't have enough to worry about; Sam, the fallen angel Caith loves, is back in town!
I loved the way Hell’s Gates picks up after events that happened in the first book, Hell's Chapel, with Sam giving up his 'grace' to save little Bry. Poor Caith wants him back so badly but there's the tiny matter of his soul and of course redemption is at stake. If you enjoyed the topsy turvy family, (she has seven biological fathers!), there's a little less of that in this book I'm afraid, but we do get to explore the somewhat twisted relationship Caith shares with her mother. I'm sure fans of Caith and her snark will be clamouring for more Sam time but my lips are sealed!
I thought Hell’s Gates was a very good addition to the Caith Morningstar series and allowed the reader to really see what makes Caith tick. It's always fun reading about her antics and opinions but it's the quiet times that make her feel human or as near to it as possible, I guess. Hell’s Chapel left me a little sad for the characters but this story had more depth with Caith realising that with some finagling and a lot of negotiation, anything is possible. Plus, the end will leave you speechless. She's big, she's bad, and she's always a riot so roll on the next Caith Morningstar book.
I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.