Darker Angels (Black Sun's Daughter)

Darker Angels - M.L.N. Hanover Once again Jayné (every time I read that name it got my nerves) Aubrey, Ex and Chogyi Jake are in the thick of it again. When we left the foursome, they were busy doing a tour of not-gay uncle Eric's various homes, attempting to create a wiki on the riders. Though they are all exhausted, Jayné keeps pushing them forward, and this culminates in her acceptance of a mission in New Orleans. The minute I read New Orleans I knew that this books was going to be all about Voodoo.After Hurricane Katrina it is impossible to write a story without talking about the horror of natural disaster and Hanover dealt with the issue in a powerful manner. Though it has been years, the city has not been rebuilt and we are given vivid images of ruined homes and the people who fell through the cracks. I appreciated the fact that Hanover made sure to point out that it took money to leave the city and that those without were forced to stay behind. It is not often acknowledged in the media, but class played a huge role in who lived and who died.Once in New Orleans, the scooby gang, (yeah that's what I am calling them) meet up with former FBI agent, Karen Black who wants help freeing a young girl from a loa who has take possession of her body. Thus begins the focus on a specific kind of rider - the loa. I really do wish that urban fantasy authors would step away from the association of people of colour with Voodoo. It has been done to death and at this point has become so one dimensional that it is hard to retain interest.We learn that there are various forms of loa and that they have a functioning society and rule separate from that of humans. In some cases loa are not the parasitic creatures that Jayné and the scoobies have always believed. Loa and humans can work in mutuality with the person that they are riding and in the case of battle, Jayné comes to term with the idea that the enemy of my enemy is my friend.The ability of a loa to take over the body is compared to rape in Dark Angels and personally, I found the analogy offensive. Read More