Book Review: Acheron Highway (Jonathan Shade #2) by Gary Jonas

Posted May 11, 2016 by lomeraniel in Audiobooks, Fantasy, Review, Urban Fantasy / 0 Comments

Book Review: Acheron Highway (Jonathan Shade #2) by Gary JonasAcheron Highway (Jonathan Shade, #2) by Gary Jonas, Joe Hempel
Narrator: Joe Hempel
Series: Jonathan Shade #2
Published by LLC on October 13th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
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Overal Rating: four-half-stars

"He stole my heart, Mr. Shade. I want you to find him and steal it back."

The dead won't stay buried in Denver, so Jonathan Shade isn't too surprised when a deceased woman shows up wanting to hire him. A necromancer stalker has stolen her heart--literally--and she needs it if she's going to live.

But Shade's jobs are never simple. The dead won't leave him alone. They work for a lovesick goddess who wants Shade to turn over her former lover. Chased by zombies, and then by an army of skeletons, Shade and his magically-engineered partner, Kelly Chan, fight to stay alive.

Keep your hands and feet in the vehicle at all times, and hang on, because there are no safe exits from Acheron Highway...


The Jonathan Shade series so far:

Modern Sorcery

Acheron Highway

Dragon Gate

Anubis Nights
Sunset Specters

I was provided a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

This is the second novel belonging to the Jonathan Shade series. This time our private investigator receives the visit of Miranda, a woman whose heart has been stolen by a necromancer. Jonathan is not surprised by this event, since the dead have been raising lately in Denver. The reason behind this is that Persephone, the rule of the Underworld, wants her lover Charon to return to her at all costs, and if Jonathan does not help her, his friends will pay with their lives. Jonathan will also have to see whether Miranda’s case is related to it. He will have to find his motivation back after the affairs that happened six months before.

This book is a lot darker than the previous one. Jonathan will count with the help of his friends again, but his fight here will be much more lonely and most of the time he will have to fight against his own demons. There are quite some twists to the story, some expected and others not, but one thing is sure: this story will not leave you indifferent.

As usual, Gary Jonas has created an exciting quick paced story, full of details and vivid characters. This is not my usual genre but I love the world Jonas has created and the characters in it are unique and full of personality. When I finished the book I was already missing them. I will be listening to the complete series.

Joe Hempel’s narration and style contributes to how exciting these books are. His tone is compelling, he can make voices and he knows how to grab your attention. He truly becomes Jonathan and helps to complete his cheeky personality. Hempel has become one of my favorite narrators in the last months.

This series has been a pleasant surprise for me. As I have said, this is not my usual genre, but these stories have grabbed me from the start, and part of it is thanks to Joe Hempel’s narration.

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