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Foretold: Demon Trappers    by Jana Oliver order for
by Jana Oliver
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Griffin, 2012 (2012)
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* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Foretold follows Forgiven as the fourth in Jana Oliver's unusual and action packed Demon Trappers series. Spunky seventeen-year-old Riley Blackthorne stars in a near future Atlanta overrun by Hellfiends.

Her teacher dad became a demon trapper to pay the medical bills when his wife died, and Riley signed on as an apprentice. Denver Beck coached Riley, while hiding his feelings for her. Though not a demon trapper, Riley's schoolmate Peter remains her best friend. Riley's father was killed by a demon in The Demon Trapper's Daughter. Riley dated young trapper Simon Adler and made a deal with Heaven to save his life. And gorgeous Ori kept saving hers.

In Soul Thief, Simon rejected Riley. Beck was involved with ruthless freelance journalist Justine Armando. Riley fell hard for Ori, learned that he is one of the Fallen, and was forced to make a deal with Lucifer. In Forgiven, she ceded her soul to Ori, but with conditions. She stood between the armies of Heaven and Hell. And she admitted her feelings for her Backwoods Boy, Beck.

As you can tell, there's a lot going on in this series and I strongly recommend reading its episodes in order. As Foretold opens, Justine has threatened to expose Beck's dubious past in Sadlersville, and his embittered mother is dying there. He heads back, reluctantly taking Riley with him (on Master Stewart's orders). There, the dark history that has long overshadowed Beck's life and confidence in himself are cleared, though he almost dies in the process.

They return to Atlanta, their relationship stronger, to join Ori for a final confrontation with the powerful Sartael (in rebellion against Lucifer). And Beck goes to Hell and back to save the one he loves. Foretold is another entertaining entry in a magical and imaginative series.

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