Mia’s ordinary life is disrupted for good in the most horrifying way possible when she is possessed by a hungry and powerful demon—and saved only by the arrival of relatives from Italy, the country her grandfather fled many decades ago. Now her cousins, the charming and gorgeous Emilio and stern, elderly Giuliano, say the only way to keep Mia safe is for her to come back with them to Milan, to live, to learn Italian, to fall in and out of love, and to master the family trade: fighting all demons with the ancient lore of bell, book, and candle. Milan is not what Mia expected, but it will change her forever.
Firstly, demon-hunters? Just the word is enough to get me interested in the book. Demon-hunter family in which a long-lost descendant is possessed – color me intrigued. I was quite into the book right from the description of Mia being possessed and I already knew I was in love with the writing at that point. Beyer spins a lovely tale of a girl recovering from a possession and learning to live with it and finding it as a goal in life to protect others from her fate. Learning a new language, the history of a new country, and a different culture. The canon history of the series is also quite interesting, with more focus on a demon or a spirit’s reason for coming to the living plane. She learns about the family history and has to figure out family secrets by herself, while also navigating settling into a different kind of life. Each exorcism teaches her something new, and she learns a little more about the culture and history. I found a lack of proper characterization, though, with less focus on characters other than the protagonist, and more on the flow of the story. The story, in itself, is quite good and I loved it’s uniqueness. The pace was quite slow, though, and the story flows in no determinate direction for most of the book, and there is no endgame specifically, so it was a bit different to read. It was a good read, though, and I loved it for it’s freshness.