Daniel Faust, Las Vegas sorcerer and career criminal, has never pulled the trigger on an innocent man. When the infernal Prince Sitri challenges him to do just that, though, he can’t walk away. His lover, Caitlin, is Sitri’s right hand…and if Daniel refuses the job, he’ll never see her again.
While Daniel works to unravel Sitri’s twisted game, putting his principles and his life on the line, Caitlin has problems of her own. A pack of renegade halfbloods are in town, armed to the teeth and aiming to go to war with hell itself. Their leader is a bad memory from Caitlin’s past, one she thought dead and buried centuries ago, and he’s got revenge on his mind.
As if that isn’t bad enough, the fallout from Daniel’s last job descends in the form of an FBI task force, aimed at putting him and everyone he cares about behind bars. The feds have a magician of their own, one who knows all of Daniel’s dirty little secrets. Throw in a mythical road map to hell and the ghost of a 15th-century serial killer, and the stage is set for a deadly collision.
Sitri’s games are never what they seem. Everything is connected. If Daniel and Caitlin can’t solve the puzzle in time, the consequences will tear them apart forever.
Redemption Song is book two of the Daniel Faust book series. Daniel Faust is a sorcerer who used to work for a half-demon mobster. He is current dating a succubus named Caitlin. In this book, he finds himself a pawn in the demon prince Sitri’s game in demon territory politics. In order to be together with Caitlin, Daniel finds recover a crititcal artifact used in book one to control Caitlin and twart the plan of an insane demon hell bent on revenge against Caitlin and Sitri.
Craig Schaefer has once again crafted a extraordinary adventure that keeps you on the edge of your seat. The villain of this book is crafty and seems to be one step ahead of Daniel at all times. As always, Daniel is the man with the plan and calls together his meeting of friends to thwart the bad guy. I am always astounded by the intricate plans that are crafted up and am also caught in surprise by the how well thought out they always are.
As with the previous book, the plot, setting, and action scenes were very well crafted. The characters are more developed in this book, and I find myself loving the characters. I love how the story of Daniel and Caitlin thickens with her relationship with Prince Sitri. I am very looking forward to seeing where it will all go.
All in all, Schaefer hits it out of the part once more. Adam Verner was once again spectacular in bring Schaefer’s book to life. The voices are so distinct that I could tell how was speaking without context. I can wait to see how it all goes down in the next book!
About the Author (From Goodreads)
By the time he was four years old, Craig Schaefer knew he wanted to be a writer. He also wanted to be an astronaut, a private eye, and a fire truck, so nobody paid much attention. Other passions came and went with age, but the love of writing remained. He cut his teeth on the crime thrillers of Elmore Leonard and Richard Stark, which may explain a thing or two about the person he is today.
Exploring other genres he soon latched onto horror and weird fiction, falling hard for the worlds of Clive Barker and H.P. Lovecraft. The books of the Daniel Faust series are written in honor of all the writers who shaped him, blending gangsters, guns and black magic in a manner not unlike, he hopes, chocolate and peanut butter.
Research for the Faust novels has led Craig down some curious alleys — sometimes literally — and to conversations with interesting and occasionally frightening people. His reference bookshelf, stocked with tomes covering the spectrum from criminology to demonology, has been variously described as “disturbing,” “a bit eccentric,” and “the reason I’m not dating that guy anymore.”
While he considers Las Vegas his second home and visits every chance he gets, Craig presently lives in Joliet, Illinois, the home of the Blues Brothers. He dwells in what was once a turn of the century convent, though he has never seen the alleged (and obligatory) ghostly nuns. The pipes do rattle in the night, though, and if you’re standing in just the right spot, they sound like the pitter-patter of children’s feet rushing by on the floor just above you.
When he’s not behind the keyboard, he can be found visiting Chicago’s historic museums, haunting libraries for inspiration, and spending too much time gaming while he should be writing. He also dabbles in sleight of hand, though unlike Daniel Faust, he’s not very good at it.
Author Website: http://www.craigschaeferbooks.com/