Calliope Reaper-Jones is back . . . sort of. Actually, she just wants her life to get back to normal, to do her stressful, fast-paced job, and live in the normal world, but of course that’s not going to happen. In Death’s Daughter, Calliope ended up owing the three-headed guardian of Hell, Cerberus, a favor, and now he wants to collect on that. After being forcefully summoned to stand before Cerberus, she is offered a deal: to find a an ancient Egyptian architect who has gone missing. She only has so much time to complete this task: if she succeeds, her debt will be filled and she’ll get to keep Runt, the cute offspring of Cerberus who Callie adopted; if she fails, she will have to take over Cerberus’s job as the guardian of the gate of hell.
Cat’s Claw continues Calliope’s adventures from our world into the underworld and beyond – even traveling through time at one point – as Amber Benson continues to have fun with the world she’s created. While this sequel lacks a little of the depth and complexity of Death’s Daughter, it’s nevertheless a fun romp into an interesting fantasy that plays around with mythology and history.
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Originally written on March 22nd 2010 ©Alex C. Telander.