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“Witch-plus-demon turns out to be a match made in the Hells.”

Hell For HireFeaturing a motley crew of loveable demons, a chaotic male forest witch with a sassy talking cat familiar, snarky sentient weapons, wicked warlocks, and plenty of magical mayhem, Hell for Hire is a bewitching and diabolically fun urban fantasy that is as thrilling as it is wholesome.

Now, from the moment I met Adrian Blackwood (a.k.a. the most endearing cinnamon roll forest witch) with his opinionated cat Boston and his sentient broom, I knew I was going to be in for a fun ride. Then add to that a mercenary crew of loveable demons hired to protect him from the vengeful warlocks while he tries to cultivate his own Blackwood forest in peace, and Hell for Hire instantly had all the makings of a new favourite for me.

Even though I had never read anything by Rachel Aaron before, opening Hell for Hire somehow felt like coming home. There’s something weirdly and inexplicably cozy about this story, despite the fact that the plot is wildly intense and the stakes are dangerously high. See, amidst all the demonic chaos and magical mayhem, there is so much beautiful relationship development and effortlessly funny humour, which just gave Hell for Hire so much heart.

Within only 350 pages or so, I feel like I got to know these characters more intimately than some people I know in real life. Aaron played around with the concepts of humanity and good vs. evil so masterfully, and it is truly beyond me how she managed to make a wayward witch and a crew of demons so extremely relatable, but here we are. Every single scene had me on the edge of my seat, be it a pulse-pounding fight or an emotionally charged conversation, simply because I felt so terribly invested in the lives of these little chaos demons (and yes, that includes Adrian, he is just a hot mess in the best way possible).

Bex probably did burrow her way deepest into my heart (don’t mind me drooling over this hot demon lady on the cover, I’m fine, I promise), but each of these characters just leaped off the page with personality and had a surprisingly complex backstory that I loved slowly digging into. Also, the found family vibes in Hell for Hire are just off the charts and I was eating up all the teasing banter, especially from the sassy cat Boston and the suave lust demon Lys (who deserves their own spin-off series, because they are truly just an absolute hoot!).

And what’s more, through the personal journeys of these characters, we very organically get to learn all about the intricacies of this alternate version of Earth and its darkly twisted history. I really loved how the overarching threat of king Gilgamesh and the wrathful warlocks added so much suspense and tension to the narrative, which then masterfully built up to an extremely riveting climactic final sequence that had my heart rate spiking to unhealthy levels.

Hell for Hire just took me on the most unexpected emotional rollercoaster, and I am now absolutely desperate for the next instalment in the brand-new Tear Down Heaven series. Not only because I am just anxiously awaiting the moment that I can reunite with these unfairly endearing characters, but also to see the repercussions of the shocking actions and events at the end of this first instalment; I feel like we have only scratched the surface, and shit is about to go down for real now!

If the insanely high quality of this story is any indication of Rachel Aaron’s other works, then I may or may not have stumbled upon a potential new favourite author for me. So whether you think you like urban fantasy or not, I would highly recommend Hell for Hire to anyone who loves the sound of an exciting character-driven fantasy romp that will pull on your heartstrings in all the most unexpected ways.

Thank you to the author for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Hell For Hire is scheduled for release on June 4, 2024. 

Hell For Hire

Hell For Hire

Hell For Hire

Hell For Hire

Hell For Hire

Hell For Hire

Hell For Hire

Hell For Hire

Esmay Rosalyne

Esmay is a self-proclaimed professional book devourer from The Netherlands. While (dark) fantasy will always have her heart, she is also a big indie/self-pub enthusiast and will probably read anything if the premise sounds intriguing enough. Or, you know, if it promises complete emotional destruction. When not reading books, she is probably reviewing books, talking about books, or watching videos of fellow bookworms talking about books.

One Comment

  • Veronica Palacios says:

    I’m a simple girl, I see lovable demons and I add to the TBR 😂
    Honestly there are a lot of buzzwords in here that are making me buzz and great review! I’ve never heard of this author either before.

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