“Enter into a world where supernaturals are the human races last hope. Hell has escaped its prison early and is devastating the world. The humans are useless to help themselves and all could be lost if the gates of Hell are not slammed shut. That's where my team comes in. I am Kira Gaetano and my team may be the world's last hope for survival. We fight the big bad nightmares and are racing against the clock to stop Hell from taking over the world. The only question I have is can we do it?......”
This week I’m doing a book review for Pandora’s Hell which is book one of the Hell Gate series by Jennifer Pierce-Gaeta. I had the honor of receiving a copy to review and I must say I was super excited to read it. The book is an exciting fantasy/science fiction novel mixed with dystopian flavors that made for an interesting read and lent itself to incredible and extensive world building by the author. Overall, the author created an engaging and fascinating narrative and she took the reader through an adventurous plot of a world in peril.
The book begins by plunging the reader directly into the gates of Hell and introducing you to the badass heroine of the story, Kira Gaetano who is a nightmare hunter on the chase for demons that the government released. Interestingly, it deals with a corrupt government as it plunges the world into greed and disaster. How appropriate for our current political climate is that! It takes an Elite Squad of loyal and courageous Fae, Vampires, Wereanimals, and Imps to save the human race from the brick of total destruction and annihilation. In fact, it is these misfits that prove the human race’s only chance at survival. I love how the author mixed historical and current events with the fantasy realm of supernatural creatures and evil demons to create this epic battle of survival.
Along the way, Kira picks up a crew of supernatural misfits including Princess Angelique Draco, The Lesser Demon Mimic, Hawx, Remy, and Izek Draco who lead the charge in several fierce battles to save the human race and the world from Hell taking over. In order to achieve victory, the crew use magic along with mad weaponry skills to defeat their attackers. The characters are memorable and well described. I found it easy to become involved in their journey as I got to know their personalities and watch how they interacted with each other throughout the book.
To be objective, the book definitely needed to be edited and proofread. There were typographical and grammatical errors throughout the story and the content could have been pared down substantially as the book was quite long. I received a proof copy therefore there were no page numbers but, I would estimate the book to be close to 500 pages. However, none of these issues detracted from the skilled storytelling of the author or my experience being immersed in the fantastical world of creatures or their adventures in triumphs and tragedy.
Pandora’s Hell is not only a great read but, it deals with many interesting story themes such as friendship, perseverance, greed, acceptance of being different, fighting for what you believe in, corruption, religion, and the acquisition of power. I enjoyed the different types of fantastical warfare used in this book such as vampire mind attacks and power bolts. Pandora’s Hell was expertly crafted and provided the reader with both a cerebral and escapist reading experience.
The book ended with well written and visually stunning final battles, exploding barriers, and narrow escapes. I felt like I was right there helping the crew try to defeat the bad guys and it was definitely a breath-taking ride! Pandora’s Hell left me wanting more and I can’t wait to read the next installment in the series, Decayed. So, if you’re looking for some fun and adventure over the holiday’s or know someone who loves the fantasy/sci-fi genre then add Pandora’s Hell to your must-read list!
*This book was received as a free copy for an honest review.