Review: The Deadliest Bite {Jaz Parks #8} by Jennifer Rardin

Title: The Deadliest Bite {Jaz Parks #8}

Author: Jennifer Rardin

Published: Orbit June 2011 {ARC courtesy Orbit/NetGalley}

Synopsis: I have two choices. Carve Brude’s name into Hell’s bile-encrusted gates. Or lose my soul.After an assassination attempt on Vayl, I find myself pulled into a tangled web that takes the gang to Romania. So how will I save a ghost, rescue a demon, and cheat the Great Taker out of a soul he’s slavering for while defeating my nastiest foe yet so that Vayl can, at last, cherish a few precious years with his sons? With careful planning, major violence, and one (hopefully) final trip to Hell.

Status: Read from May 27 to 28, 2011 — I own a copy

My Thoughts:

It’s the final adventure for Jaz Parks in this 8th installment of the series, published posthumously after the untimely death of the author last year. It’s an ending to a series (and a life), finished too soon.
I don’t want to spoil the satisfying end to the series so I am choosing to be a bit vague in this review, I would expect that you would want to savour the finale for yourself.
Rardin neatly ties up the ongoing story arcs but manages to maintain the tension throughout and throw in a few unexpected twists. Jaz and Vayle are enjoying a few days of relaxation as they try to figure out how to unlock the Rocenz and evict Brude when they are rudely interrupted by an attempt on Vayle’s life. There is no time to consider the implications though, Jaz’s headaches and nosebleed’s are getting worse and unless she can carve Brude’s name on the Gates of Hell she will lose everything. With Jack and Astral in tow, the entire gang, plus a few surprising extra’s collected along the way, head to Romania for a final vicious showdown in the pits of Hell.

Jaz is at her best with her with quick witted sarcasm and kick ass attitude, but it’s balanced with her recognition and acceptance of her fierce passion for Vayle, friends and family. She finally recognises that love can transcend all (though a sharp sword and a hand gun don’t go astray) and it gives her a new strength, both physically and emotionally. For Vayle there is closure, it may be bittersweet but it means he can finally stop searching for his soul. The rest of the team also find the best of themselves, there is a wedding, a baby, a soul mate, a fledgling romance and an act of astonishing bravery (you decide which belongs to whom).

The Deadliest Bite is a fast paced, action packed final installment that leads to a definitive and satisfying culmination for the series. I am sad to see it all end, but happy with the bittersweet conclusion, and I believe fans will be too.

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The Jaz Parks Series

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. blodeuedd
    May 30, 2011 @ 20:35:21

    I am soooo behind. Must read book 1 soon



  2. Nikki-ann
    May 31, 2011 @ 06:15:48

    I haven’t read any of this series, but it certain sounds good. Sad to hear of the author’s untimely death.



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