Book Review: Devil's Daughter (Lucinda's Pawnshop #1) by: Hope Schenk-de Michele and Paul Marquez

Publisher: Bird Street Books

Publication Date: July 15, 2015

Origins:  From Publicist for Review

Synopsis: Lucinda is as old as humanity itself, yet perpetually young, beautiful, and endowed with supernatural powers. She lives a double life human and immortal. In her human guise, she manages Lucinda's Pawnshop & Antiquary, the doors of which can open to any street anywhere in the world at any time. Mortals who have arrived at a moral or spiritual crossroads are drawn into the mysterious shop. If they acquire one of its cursed artifacts, they may find themselves drafted into Lucifer's service. Born out of a betrayal of trust between the first woman, Eve, and father Lucifer, Lucinda has worked covertly and subtly for millennia to be true to her mother's love by subverting her father's schemes. She wins freedom for some; Lucifer keeps those who fail for eternity. She has to be careful, for Lucifer has placed her under the watchful eye of the fallen angel Nathaniel, whose real intentions are a mystery. Lucifer manipulates his army of corrupted souls to achieve his end game: to explode the tension between global powers, then create a charismatic anti-Christ to seemingly save the world with Lucinda as mother and a hand-picked human as father. But Lucinda has her own plans. After centuries of seeming distance from humanity, she falls in love with a mortal man, which threatens to derail Lucifer's plans to trigger Armageddon. This book follows Lucinda's torturous relationship with her supernatural father, as she strives to secretly undermine his crusade to destroy mankind. How deep does Lucinda's humanity go? Where do her true loyalties lie? Is she her father's ally, or her mother's child? And if the Devil's daughter will not love a man he can control, can Lucifer control the man she loves?

Review: Lucinda is the daughter of Lucifer, the devil, and a human woman. She is cunning and powerful like her father, but uses her abilities to further her mother’s memory of love and beauty without her father knowing. In her disguise as human, she runs a pawnshop full of cursed objects, waiting for the right person to enter the store and come under their influence. However, the objects come at a greater cost than the average person realizes…they just might lose their soul to Lucifer, unless Lucinda can change their path in the nick of time.

DEVIL’S DAUGHTER is the first book in the ‘Lucinda’s Pawnshop’ series. The pawnshop itself was reminiscent of ‘Warehouse 13’ or ‘Friday the 13th: The Series’ with its cursed objects. The people who are able to find the shop are standing at a crossroads and the object they find may just tip them over the edge toward Lucifer’s goal of complete global annihilation. While Lucifer is not allowed to directly affect humans, due to their free will, he is more than willing and able to “nudge” unsuspecting humans in the direction he wants. I found the characters interesting, but I think it was difficult for the authors to give Lucinda and some of the other older characters the gravitas of those who have been around for millennia.  I was very impressed with how well the different storylines came together toward the end of the book. DEVIL’S DAUGHTER is an interesting story which draws you in slowly, but surely.


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