by Kate Danley
Publication Date: September 10, 2011
Book received from: Author
Printed on the back cover of Maggie for Hire, is an intriguing disclaimer stating: “WARNING: This book contains cussing, brawling, and unladylike behavior. Proceed with caution.” Right away, I knew this was a book for me. Combine vampires, ghouls, and one whip-smart, take-charge heroine, and you have a recipe for success. Kate Danley has served up a female lead character to fill the gap that the ending of Buffy the Vampire Slayer left in the world of sci-fi/fantasy.
Maggie McKay was born into a family with magical powers- hers being the ability to open portals between dimensions and track down the monsters who are causing trouble. She has become the most sought after tracker in both realms, Earth and The Other Side, making the world safer one demon capture at a time. So, when she is approached by a messenger (Killian) of the Queen of the Elves to stop a group of vampires from breaking down the boundary between the realms, she finds herself in the middle of a decades-long battle.
In her quest to keep the order and stop irreversible damage between the worlds, she learns more about her family than she ever knew, and finds out she is more connected to the situation than she ever would have thought. While seeking out the magical artifacts that will end the fighting, Maggie kicks the ass of all those who get in her way. Her mission is clear- save the world, reinstill order, and survive to tell about it. With the help of her elf sidekick, Killian, she may be able to pull it all off.
Maggie for Hire is an enjoyable, quick read that had me laughing the entire time. She is a brash, sarcastic, unladylike character than is easy to love- a lot of Buffy with a dose of Daria thrown in. Danley doesn’t get off track with trying to throw in a romance for Maggie, which is somewhat refreshing in today’s sci-fi/fantasy genre. She is a tough, smart, and resourceful lead character that will leave you waiting for more. Ms. Danley: please tell us there’s more to come from Maggie? I’ll be first in line to read what she gets into next.
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