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Lucy A. Snyder
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Oct. 26 2010 Ballantine Books del Rey
BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE
 
For Jessie Shimmer, everything changed when she went to hell and back to save her lover, Cooper Marron. After tangling with supernatural forces and killing an untouchable spirit lord, Jessie finds herself gifted—or perhaps cursed—with dark powers. And when she and Cooper make love, her pleasure throes light the whole house on fire. What is a sorceress to do?

Jessie is about to find out. The circumstances of her birth, the mystery of a father she never knew, and the help of a cuddly ferret turned fearsome monster have made Jessie not just an outlaw from mundane society, but an accidental revolutionary in the magic realm. Encountering portals stitched into thin air and a fiercely sexy soul harvester, Jessie rushes headlong among enemies, horrors, wonders, and lovers into a place of self-discovery—or destruction.

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Praise for Lucy A. Snyder’s Spellbent
 
“[A] thrilling trial-by-fire debut . . . constantly surprising.”—Christopher Golden, author of The Lost Ones
 
“An exhilarating ride of magic and mayhem.”—Sèphera Girón, author of Mistress of the Dark

“Gripping . . . marks the debut of a real talent . . . I couldn’t put it down!”—Sarah Langan, author of Audrey’s Door
 
“With a cast of unforgettable characters and relentless action and suspense, Lucy A. Snyder masterfully weaves a fantastical plot into a real-world setting, never once breaking stride.”—Deborah LeBlanc, author of Water Witch
 
“Wildly imaginative and intensely gripping.”—Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Lucy A. Snyder is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Spellbent and Shotgun Sorceress, and the collections as well as the story and poetry collections Sparks and Shadows, Chimeric Machines, and Installing Linux on a Dead Badger. Her writing has appeared in Strange Horizons, Weird Tales, Hellbound Hearts, Doctor Who Short Trips: Destination Prague, Chiaroscuro, GUD, and Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet. A Texas native, she lives in Worthington, Ohio, with her husband and occasional co-author, Gary A. Braunbeck.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Never a dull moment. Dec 19 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Action from beginning to end. Easy to follow without having read the first in the series but eagerly awaiting the third.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book 2 Kicks an Already Excellent Series Up a Notch Nov. 6 2010
By Daniel R. Robichaud II - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was pretty well captivated by Spellbent, the first volume in the Jessie Shimmer series of urban fantasy novels. That one was a thrill ride and a half, which used humor and some sharply drawn characters to really kick some fantasy fiction butt. What do we have with Shotgun Sorceress? More of the same...

Butt kicking characters? check.

Dark fantasy doings? Check.

Humor to leaven the mood? Check.

A thrilling plot? Check.

Some emotional honesty? Check.

Good writing? Check.

Plotwise, this book picks up shortly after the first one leaves off (readers might be best served starting with that one before coming to this). The first half of Shotgun Sorceress deals with the repercussions of Jessie's actions in the previous book. Lots of fun and some weird twists I never anticipated.

Then, things ship from Columbus, Ohio down to Texas and the book really kicks into overdrive. A strange creature called Miko is doing some nasty stuff, and it's up to Jessie and her cast of colorful friends to put a stop to it. I read this novel in a flash, and am already hungry for part 3.

Lucy Snyder has a way of blending urban fantasy, the macabre, a love story, intense action, lucid writing, and quirky characters into incredibly entertaining fiction. I highly recommend this book.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Needed More Ubiquitomancy Feb. 24 2011
By Judah - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A mature-level novel with explicit sex scenes, Shotgun Sorceress also has a long flashback sequence involving how the main character lost her virginity. In the later book, a bondage chair is used. The sex is part of the plotting, there's a lot of it, and the main antagonist's powers are sex related. The author basically said 'Screw deep thinking, let's see how raunchy and disgusting I can get!' She largely ignored the fascinating magic system that made Spellbent a good novel.

The magic? Jessie Shimmer does neat stuff with her green oculus, the hellement she seems to have inherited, and her dipped-in-flame glowing hand. Cooper and the Warlock do a few parlor tricks, but none of it is explained at the same level of detail Snyder used in Spellbent. The first chapters deal with the fallout and baby children from the first novel, and have cool tricks (like the extra-dimensional drug stash), but Jessie Shimmer isn't the one responsible for those tricks. All Jessie does is use the toys/powers she gained from novel one. This was a major missing thing for me -- too much gadgets and not enough ubiquitomancy.

Without giving too much away, Shimmer gets more family ties. The Virtues set up a win-win situation (for themselves) whereby they throw Jessie at a larger problem (Miko) that they didn't want to expend resources on. While Snyder has snappy dialogue, she ends without resolution, and with an extremely predictable battle. A cliffhanger sidestepping the issues raised in the novel (including the 'why' of Jessie and Cooper) is the cop-out ending.

Overall, a superficial fast paced novel with action and sex, but one that doesn't deeply examine the hearts of the characters. To be fair, the author does try and explain how Jessie fell in with Cooper, but frankly it didn't make much sense to me. I still don't like Cooper. One reason I'm giving three stars is I don't see what Jessie sees in her dead weight trashy boyfriend. Another is Pal has become a shallow anime-style sidekick stereotype instead of his book one characterization. Hopefully book three is better.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Shotgun Blast of Awesome Nov. 6 2010
By Scott Slemmons - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Lucy A. Snyder's sequel to her debut novel "Spellbent" picks up just after the end of the first novel. Jessie Shimmer has successfully rescued her lover Cooper from Hell after the worst week of her life, and come out of the experience with a magic eye, a hellfire arm, and a formerly cute ferret familiar that's now a giant spider monster. All she wants to do is curl up and recuperate from her efforts, but first she has to make nice with the local wizard's council in a nasty corner of the faerie realm, and after that, the vengeful alien gods of magic send her to Texas -- specifically, a corner of the Lone Star State bled dry of magic and ruled by a monstrous but impossibly sexy soul harvester named Miko. Can Jessie beat the odds a second time and save her friends and an entire town from horrific evil? Or are her magically debased emotions going to see her spending eternity as Miko's girltoy?

Snyder's story here is a great deal darker than her previous one. Already stressed out after the first novel's adventures, Jessie's emotions are on a hair-trigger now, even considering Miko's power to artificially exaggerate the emotions of humans. In fact, all our lead characters are on edge and snappish for most of the novel, with only Pal, Jessie's familiar, on a fairly even keel. Snyder's character work here really knocks things home, with even minor characters given full and fascinating personalities. The mood and settings are great, too -- from the beautiful but dangerous Faery to a cramped, besieged, and paranoid college campus to a makeshift pup tent in the backyard, all the settings make you feel like you're right there watching the action. And there's a ton of action, too -- Jessie may be a spellcaster, but she spends a lot of her time beating people up, shooting zombies, and running to catch up with the bad guys.

If you loved "Spellbent" -- and you better have, or else -- you're going to love "Shotgun Sorceress," too. Go pick it up.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars couldn't put it down Sept. 23 2011
By T. N. Tozier - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
i found lucy snyder at a bookstore closing. i love fantasy novels,but had never heard of her. i finished both Spellbent and Shotgun Sorceress in record tine.
likable characters, fastpaced action, an all aroumd great escape.
I can't wait for the next book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shotgun Sorceress Book Review Jan. 5 2011
By Rodney C. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Shotgun Sorceress is the second book in Lucy A. Snyder's Spellbent Trilogy published by Random House.

Very few sequels ever, in my opinion, manage to be as good as the first book in a series, but Lucy A. Snyder's Shotgun Sorceress easily earns it's place as the second book in the projected three book series, dealing with her protagonist Jesse Shimmer's newly founded abilities, her familiar Pal.

Shotgun Sorceress picks up only hours after Spellbent, and carries the torch of full-throttle amazingness found at the end of the first book, to all out increasingly strangeness within the first one hundred pages of the second, including one of the best opening scenes to grab my attention in a long time.

After returning from her boyfriend, Cooper Marron's version of hell, and defeating a powerful magic wielder, she's left with powerful magic that she can't seem to get rid of. With her giant half-spider/half-ferret familiar, her boyfriend Cooper, and Cooper's brother The Warlock, the four set out on an adventure to a little town in Texas. A town isolated in more ways than one. With her father's help, Jesse must find a way back to the real world, out of the clutches of a gorgeous and powerful witch, and find her brother.

Shotgun Sorceress is a marvelous sequel, continuing the breakneck pace begun in Spellbent, and reassuring the reader that this series isn't your average Urban Fantasy. That's why I'm giving Shotgun Sorceress 8.5 out of 10 TARDIS's.

If you're looking for a good Urban Fantasy series that's not your typical run-of-the-mill, then pick up a copy of Spellbent, and while you're at it, pick up a copy of Shotgun Sorceress, you won't be disappointed.

~Rodney
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