The Ninth Circle
Book One: Fire
by C. A. Harland
As we follow the Morgenstern sisters through their exciting adventure we meet so many exciting mythical creatures, from Demons and Sirens to the Furies.
Tala Morgenstern lives for the hunt, embracing her heritage as a demon hunter. When her younger sister, Hartley, disappears while on the trail of her long-lost father, Tala must seek the help of her other sister Aiva, who has turned her back on the underworld of magic and hunting. Suspecting demonic involvement, Tala and Aiva race to find Hartley before she can be claimed by hell.
Their search takes them deeper into the bowels of Dublin’s criminal underground, where the gangs are led by demons, and the currency is souls. With each Circle of hell bringing new dangers, and new revelations about their own place in the demon hunting world, Tala and Aiva have to rely on each other if they are to stand a chance of fighting their way to the Ninth Circle, and the demon lord who is waiting for them.
The Nine Circles of Hell are based off of Dante’s Inferno version of hell. I love Dante so I love how Harland used it as the basis for her novels mythology.
I loved Aiva as a character because she reminds me so much of myself. Aiva is logical and thinks knowledge is the key in the fight against demons. We see Tala being the opposite of Aiva as Tala thinks a knife and a good throwing hand is all she needs. The three sisters have an interesting dynamic, and each one represents something fundamentally different from the other.
I loved how all the other characters who appeared in the book, even for a short period of time, are all characters I got attached to and hope to see again in the sequel. The fight scenes were so well written. They were explained vividly and created a tangible image. I loved Harland’s style of writing. The ending was amazing. It was shocking how quickly the story progressed, I can’t wait to see what Harland has in store for the second book.