Characters & Realms
Dark Hope, book one in the Devil’s Assistant series, introduces a lot of fun characters. Many of these characters come back for book two.
To help keep things straight, I’ll introduce you to the main characters and different realms in the series.
There are three known realms. They have many names, but are generally referred to as Paradise, Purgatory, and Hell. In book 1 Claire (the Devil’s Assistant) learns of the fourth realm, which was destroyed ten millennia ago by the rulers of the other realms. She’s also considered “the girl” by many, and is supposed to fulfill a prophecy to save the fourth realm.
The Big Three (… Four?)
This group includes the royal siblings that rule the three known realms—the big three—is usually how I refer to them, but as we learn in book 1, they had a sister that was destroyed with her realm (Jayne, the troublemaker). The remaining three are: The Boss, Mab, & Harry. They are also known by many different names … here’s a list:
· The Boss – Conrad Bosh III, Conrad Bosh IV, the Devil, Demon King, Old Man, Summer King, & Ruler of Hell
· Mab – Pagan Queen, Winter Queen, & Ruler of Purgatory
· Harry – Druid King, Spring King, & Ruler of Paradise
· Jayne – Fallen Queen, Fall Queen, & Ruler of the Fourth Realm (the Fallen)
Claire has a thankless job as the Devil’s Administrative Assistant. In book two we meet Raven, and discover that Claire isn’t the only “girl” to fit the prophecy. There are actually three others with the same ability to fulfill the role. Girls three and four aren’t named in book two, but all of them together make up the contenders for the Fallen Queen’s throne.
Every story needs a good villain—or four. While they aren’t exactly the poster children of good behaviour, they’d mostly mind their own business if left unprovoked. Unfortunately, that’s not how the story goes … these four are the hellspawn of the Devil and a pagan of insignificant birth—or so we’re told. Cinnamon, Sage, Sorrel, and Mace are nothing but trouble for Claire in book one, but The Boss washes his hands of them and puts the four under Mab’s control—of course I’m sure we haven’t seen the last of them.
The Devil’s Assistant Series
Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Wild Fey, LLC
Number of pages: 290
Word Count: 88000
Cover Artist: Robin Ludwig Design Inc.
Tag Line: Darkly delicious—relentless—and wickedly good … the Devil’s Assistant is back.
Last spring Claire’s seemingly normal—if not totally screwed up—life was tossed on its head. For five years she’d been one of the damned—a human that knows the truth about the otherworldly among us. She’d worked for The Boss—the Demon King himself—as his administrative assistant, handling everything from early retirements, to Maintenance’s incessant requests for dental.
No one gets dental.
Then she walked into Purgatory—totally not her fault—went back in time, and awakened powers she never knew existed. Now Claire has a prophecy hanging over her head, a diamond ring hidden in her sock drawer, and the blood of a long dead royal running through her veins.
And it’s only going to get worse.
Her vow to live free or die takes a serious hit when she’s forced back under The Boss’s protection. Of course, there’s no protection from fate, or the Bounty Hunter sent to deliver her to Purgatory. And as if being “the girl” in the prophecy wasn’t enough, Claire soon discovers there are three other contenders for her role—two of whom want her dead.
Follow more of Claire’s adventures in Dark Awakened, the second installment of the Devil’s Assistant Series, to find out if she’s lucky enough to escape with her life, or if she’s just the first notch on the next contender’s belt.
Reviews for The Devil’s Assistant Series
Dark Hope is a serious thrill ride type of story ~Fang Freakin' Tastic Reviews
I fell absolutely head over heels in love with this book! It truly was dark & delicious. Mayhem, death, Demons, Pagan's, Druids and a kickass heroine!
~ Taking It One Book at a Time
I thoroughly enjoyed this story, very unpredictable and difficult to anticipate what happens next, which is always a good thing. Claire is an intriguing character, everything she thought she knew is not quite true …I cannot wait for the next book in series, eager to figure out what is going to happen to Claire. ~ Musings From An Addicted Reader
I love when authors can create something that takes me on a wild ride I’ve never been before. ~ Book Lovin' Mamas
About the Author:
HD Smith has been writing for over ten years. She is a software developer by day, working for an awesome cruise line in Celebration, FL.
HD grew up in South Carolina, but has called the Sunshine State home since 1997.
She has Computer Science degrees from Clemson University (BS) and Florida Institute of Technology (MS). Her other hobbies include painting and screen printing. She enjoys creating t- shirts inspired by the places in her books. For more information, visit HD’s website at http://www.hdsmithauthor.com/