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Book Review: "Devil's Daughert: Lucinda's Pawnshop, Book One" by Hope Schenk-De Michele

Devil's Daughter: Lucinda's Pawnshop, Book OneDevil's Daughter: Lucinda's Pawnshop, Book One by Hope Schenk-De Michele
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Disclaimer: I received an advanced copy of this book to read and review via Netgalley.

"Devil's Daughter: Lucinda's Pawnshop, Book One" by Hope Schenk-De Michele introduces us to an alternate universe where Eve and Lucifer have a daughter, Lucinda. The book balances nicely between action scenes and thought provoking scenes as the tale unwinds.

The basis of this book is that the world is filled with artifacts imbued with the spirit of the original owner. Some artifacts contain peace and kindness. Other artifacts contain all forms of evil, from violence to greed to pure selfishness. To help corrupt mankind, Lucifer orders Lucinda to gather all the evil artifacts that for her pawnshop, and give them away to the proper recipients.

The author created a world full of believable characters here. Lucifer is both attractive and smarmy. Lucinda comes across as cool, calm, and collected when she deals with her father and his minions, but her inner thoughts betray another person altogether, without making Lucinda seem schizophrenic. The demons, angels, succubus, and Rey (a human currently bound to Lucifer) feel like separate entities, not just copies of "generic secondary character".

As I read the book, I found myself wondering about the nature of good and the nature of evil. Can a person find redemption for what might be considered an act of evil? Does he or she even need redemption? Who defines good and evil?

I strongly recommend this book to people who like fantasy books. I only hope the author writes more books in this universe.

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