Book Twenty-three of 2012: INFERNO by Linda Howard

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Two hundred years after the Raintree clan defeated and abandoned them on a small Caribbean Island, the Ansara wizards are rising again to take on their bitterest foes. Despite their extraordinary powers and supernatural origin, the Raintree have largely blended into the modern world. They are bankers, cops, husbands, wives and lovers in the society of humankind. But now, from Nevada to North Carolina, the rejoined battle will measure the endurance of their people. It will test their loyalties and relationships. And it will force upon them all new lives they could barely have imagined before.

As king, it’s up to Dante Raintree to protect his clan, but his heart – and maybe his loyalties – may be fatally divided when Lorna Clay walks into his life. Suddenly fire, always his to control, defeats him, taking with it his livelihood. Unsure whether Lorna is to blame yet unable to walk ways from her, Dante faces the fight of his lifetime, a fight even his strength and that of the Raintree clan may not be enough to win.

INFERNO is the first book in a trilogy of books about feuding clans of psychic-esque people; the Raintree and the Ansara. The trilogy is written as three separate books in the same world and scenario. For instance, INFERNO is about the older brother, Dante. In the book, he is trying to solve a minor mystery about Lorna Clay and the mystery about how his casino got on fire. While his story is going on, books two and three basically follow the same timeline, but in different settings.

That said, I found INFERNO to not be as enjoyable as some of the fluff I read. I couldn’t relate to the characters and I found the story lacking in a lot of things. I found it strange that a man and woman would fall in love in a few days, about two of those days being filled with the characters being mean to each other. Some of the humor was decent, but overall, I didn’t find the book that enjoyable. I have this book in a compilation of the whole trilogy and I’m currently on the second one. Maybe the story will get better.

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