Sunny’s ‘Mona Lisa’ series is a fascinating, dark fantasy filled with otherworldly creatures that are quite a bit different from the usual paranormal fare. Her world is based on the Monere, a society of moon descendants who ‘bask’ in the moon’s rays to sustain their life. They are stronger, faster, and prettier than normal humans…and many, if not most, are quite a bit crueler.
Mona Lisa is drawn into NetherHell this time, and neither her status as Queen nor her Hell mate Halcyon can help her out of this one. Instead it may fall to Mona Lisa’s bitterest enemy, Mona Louisa, to provide the knowledge and skills to save herself.
If you haven’t been reading this series, you don’t want to start with this one! It would still be an interesting and different read, but you would miss all of the broad scope that’s packed into such a small novel. The back cover states that Sunny’s series will appeal to fans of Anne Bishop and Laurell K. Hamilton, and I agree with that. But I would add Sherri L. King, Laura Anne Gilman, Jennifer Rardin, and fans of C E Murphy’s ‘Shaman’ series to that list. There’s not as much sex in this book as in her previous, but the heat is still pretty darn high and in many ways I think this book rides that line between romance and erotica because of the number and ‘kinds’ of sex portrayed. I’m hooked on this series and look forward to each new book…so yet another for my groaning keeper shelves.