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Salt and Silver by Anna Katherine
Cover Artist: Mélanie Delon
Review by Drew Bittner
Tor Books Mass Market Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765363046
Date: 28 April 2009 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

Allie has troubles. Her trust fund was pillaged by her runaway mother, she works in a diner (and lives above it)...and she opened a Door to Hell after getting seriously drunk with her friends one night. Ever since then, a demon hunter named Ryan (for whom Allie has unchaste thoughts) has watched over the Door and kept sundry nasties from emerging.

Until the Door vanished and something even worse looms on the horizon...

In Salt and Silver, Anna Katherine sets up a girl in trouble. Allie's come down far in the world, since her mother ran off with a tennis instructor and took her family's fortune with her. She's a waitress in a Brooklyn diner, which has the unusual distinction of having a Door to Hell in the basement. Oh, and Allie was the one who opened that door in the first place.

But it's not all bad. Opening the door brought demon hunter (and hunk) Ryan into Allie's life. That would be great if he were interested in her, but so far, nada.

What kicks things into gear is, one day the Door vanishes. That isn't good. Those kinds of portals don't simply vanish; something must have happened. So Ryan calls in help from the community of demon hunters, including the sardonic Roxie (with whom Ryan appears to have some past history). They figure out that the missing Door is a harbinger for something worse indeed. In fact, if they don't figure it out, the world itself will have Hell to pay...

Anna Katherine turns in a fun, fast-paced paranormal romance in Salt and Silver, serving up a worthy heroine in Allie and a hot love interest in Ryan, along with the requisite complications (the wandering Door) and a potential rival (Roxie), not to mention some very serious mistakes--as when a friend is bitten by a werewolf--and some big problems to deal with, such as a trip into Hell itself. She also provides a great supporting character for Allie in the form of Amanda, whose train wreck lifestyle masks a depth of compassion and love for her friend.

Perfect for fans of dark urban fantasy, Salt and Silver is an interesting, quirky book with an awful lot to say in nearly 360 pages.

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