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Review – Deal with the Devil by Kit Rocha

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Deal with the Devil
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Deal with the Devil is Orphan Black meets the post-apocalyptic Avengers by USA Today and New York Times bestselling author duo Kit Rocha.

Nina is an information broker with a mission–she and her team of mercenary librarians use their knowledge to save the hopeless in a crumbling America.

Knox is the bitter, battle-weary captain of the Silver Devils. His squad of supersoldiers went AWOL to avoid slaughtering innocents, and now he’s fighting to survive.

They’re on a deadly collision course, and the passion that flares between them only makes it more dangerous. They could burn down the world, destroying each other in the process…

Or they could do the impossible: team up.

This is the first book in a near-future science fiction series with elements of romance.”

Release: July 28th, 2020
Format: Paperback
Pages: 336

Deal with the Devil is the first novel in the Mercenary Librarians series by Kit Rocha. As you might expect, this novel features some kickass ladies and their love of books – and their community.

 

Deal with the Devil: A Tale of Mercenary Librarians

 

What’s better than diving into a post-apocalyptic novel? Diving into a post-apocalyptic novel full of mercenary librarians. That is the story that Kit Rocha set out to tell in Deal with the Devil. It’s a tale of a world falling to pieces, and how people have begun to forge new paths for themselves.

Nina is a librarian – possibly one of the last around. Meanwhile, Knox is the Captain of the Silver Devils, and he and his men are on the run. You’d think these two would never have the chance to meet. Under normal circumstances, you’d be right. But Knox has been hired for a job, one that requires him to

Writing

Deal with the Devil by Kit RochaTime to fess up: I’d been desperate to get my hands on Deal with the Devil from the moment I heard ‘mercenary librarian.’ I didn’t need to hear more of the description to know that I was all in. So I went into this novel (which I was lucky enough to get an ARC of) with high expectations.

So, did it live up to my expectations? Absolutely. Though it did end up being a slightly different novel than I expected – but not in a bad way. Nina is a librarian, and I mean that in the truest sense. She not only was the master of a book hoard, but she cared about her community as well. That is such an overlooked part of being a librarian, and it was lovely to see here.

The world introduced in this novel is expansive and fascinating – one that I would happily read several more novels about. It’s simply that I want to see more of it. I want to know more about what happens to bring down society. I want to know about everything, including more about the corporations, and the people stuck in dealing with them. Though what has been shown is admittedly dark at times.

The characters introduced this novel were surprisingly complex, and not just Nina and Knox – but the secondary characters as well. If I had to guess I’d say that the next book will focus on one of them.

Development

Deal with the Devil is one of those books that constantly tricks you about what direction it’s going to take. At least, it tricked me. I went into it expecting one sort of book, and instead got something different. Then I assumed it would end in a certain way, and it didn’t.

I love how unpredictable certain parts of it were. Though I won’t lie, other elements were much easier to predict. Thankfully, those were balanced out with some great moments of character development.

Knox arguably had one of the best character arcs I’ve seen in some time, though there’s still clearly room to grow. I’ll be curious to see what effort is put into his character arcs through the rest of the series.

The secondary characters also were granted room for growth and development, which is brilliant since a couple of them were my favorites in the series. Here’s to seeing how they progress in future books.

Conclusion

While Deal with the Devil was not quite the book I expected, it was still everything that I could have hoped for. It was a fun and quick read, one full of action, character development, and emotional scenes.

I honestly haven’t read a whole lot by Kit Rocha (a fairly famous writing duo), but I’m going to be keeping the rest of this series on my radar.

Deal with the Devil by Kit Rocha


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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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