Sophie Keyes has made a mistake that might destroy the universe. The Traveler has an offer: go back in time, fix your mistake, and save the world. Easy. Except that fixing Sophie’s mistake means destroying her life, and Lincoln Marshall won’t stand to see that happen. Not if he can time travel with them to find another way.
Their attempt to jump into the past goes awry and dumps them into Reno 2006, where Elise Kavanagh is in hiding with James Faulkner. It’s a delicate moment in the timeline, and if Lincoln takes a single wrong step, he’ll change everything. He can’t go to Elise for help. He can’t speak to the woman he’s loved for years, touch her again, kiss her… Not unless he’s willing to bring the universe that much closer to destruction.
For the Godslayer, Lincoln might be willing to lose it all. For the Traveler, it might be a step too far.
War is breaking out in Reno 2006, and the consequences threaten to ripple through time–assuming that they don’t make the entire world fall apart first.
So… I may have mentioned once or twice that I love this author. I think I’ve also mentioned that when a survey was posted a while ago by this same author that I chose Lincoln as a character that I wanted to learn more about. This, dear readers, is a lesson in…be careful what you ask for… Just kidding, kinda…
Really, I’m loving the Fistful of Daggers series, but it is not even close to what I expected. It’s way more. It’s been interesting to see what’s happened in the Descentverse since Genesis from another perspective – and Lincoln’s perspective is most definitely “different”. I know I said that I wanted to learn more about Lincoln, but it wasn’t because he was one of my favorite characters. It’s not that I disliked him, I just wanted to know how he got to be the Lincoln he became when readers saw him again in some of the post-Genesis series and even more so in Dana McIntyre Must Die. Let’s just say that if my first introduction to Lincoln would have been in Lonesome Paladin, I might not be quite so curious. He comes off as an arrogant, grumpy, bigoted… you get the picture. But, since I know who he becomes, that side of him just intrigued me more. Which brings up another point. You can probably start with A Fistful of Daggers, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Lincoln’s been around for quite some time in the Descentverse and there’s a LOT of history between him and another key character that you’ll miss out on if you start here.
Okay, enough history… except that’s kind of what Hell’s Hinges is driven on… FYI – get used the vagueness because even as I’m writing this, I have no idea where I’m going with this review. That’s common when I review a book I loved, but this time it’s more than that. A LOT happened in this book. A LOT! That book description gives you just a tidbit of the craziness that surrounds Sophie and Lincoln when they travel back in time. I was totally unprepared for what Sophie faced in her past. Lincoln was totally unprepared to face a past that included Elise and no one was prepared for the consequences of the drastic changes made to the timeline. Readers saw sides of ALL these characters, plus a few others, in a way they’ve never seen before. To say that this was an intense read would be an understatement. It was epic!
Then there was the end… let’s just say that The Spellslinger can’t come soon enough. Cliffhanger doesn’t come close to where characters were left at the end of Hell’s Hinges.
I’ve wrapped up a lot of my reviews in the Descentverse trying to convince readers to pick up at least one of these books. There are many places to start, but I honestly don’t think that this series is one of them – at least if you want to get the full effect. Especially because of the fact that Hell’s Hinges spends so much time in a past that becomes so altered – without knowing how things initially happened, you won’t really understand how crazy… um crazier? they become. You can visit SM Reine’s website for a complete list of books in this world. Just go to her FAQ page on the website and click on What order should I read the Descentverse series in? I started with Seasons of the Moon and haven’t looked back since. 😉