ARC honest review for Bird Street Books via NetGalley.
Although I enjoyed this book, I found that I couldn’t read it in one sitting. I found the chapters were far too long, with very little action occurring until the latter part of the book. Most of the earlier book, I found is setting the scene for later books to come in the series.
An interesting concept of Lucinda, a child of chaos (her father is Lucifer, her mother is human)…with her feet planted in both worlds of human and immortal. And the treasures that she deals with, within her pawnshop to entice and entrap humans to the side of Lucifer/chaos.
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 mothers love by subverting her fathers 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 mothers child? And if the Devil’s daughter will not love a man he can control, can Lucifer control the man she loves?”