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Review: Dark Hope by H.D. Smith

Review: Dark Hope by H.D. SmithAuthor: HD Smith
Title: Dark Hope
Series: The Devil's Assistant #1
Publisher: Wild Fey LLC
Pages: 280
Release Date: 2014-06-23
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Loving a demon isn't the end of the world-losing him is. Claire, the Devil's assistant, knows very little about the world she was dropped into five years ago, when she inherited her mother's unpaid debt to the Demon King. She certainly didn't expect to be a contender for the Fallen Queen's throne, a target for the Druid King's mafia, or a suspect in the murder of Junior, the Devil's oldest hell spawn. In a last ditch effort to save her life and get out of her deal with the Devil, she sets out to solve Junior's murder only to be taken prisoner by the four most dangerous immortal hell spawn alive. Not to be out done, the Pagan Queen Mab, claims Claire for entering her realm uninvited. She has an old debt to settle with her brother the Devil. Taking Claire from him after losing her years ago is just icing on the cake. Will Claire win her freedom, and save herself from the Devil? Or be trapped by Mab forever?
Format: eBook
Also by this author: Dark Awakened
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*I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*

I really enjoyed reading Dark Hope. I think it is worth way more than the current Amazon price of 99 cents.

The pacing of the book was excellent. Backstory was worked in smoothly without slowing the book down. There’s a lot going on in this book to keep the reader interested from start to finish. It was a hard one to put down. If it weren’t for times when I needed to charge my tablet, I probably wouldn’t have stopped at all.

This is a highly imaginative book with a lot of world building and character development. Also, the setting descriptions were well-written.

My main complaint was that I never understood the realms (until I read the second book). What threw me off is that I was under the impression that the Underworld was a realm, which made it five realms instead of the four the author was saying there were. Plus, I didn’t understand why Earth wasn’t counted in as a realm, as it is in most books.

Other than that, there were some things I was bothered by that characters could have said to one another but didn’t. I want to give an example, so I’m going to hide it as a View Spoiler »

These aren’t very major issues. Overall, I thought Dark Hope was a great book. Just be prepared to be left hanging on some things. You’ll have to continue the series if you want to know the answers to certain questions.


About HD Smith

HD Smith has been writing for over ten years. She is a software developer by day, working for an awesome cruise line in Celebration, FL.

HD grew up in South Carolina, but has called the Sunshine State home since 1997.

She has Computer Science degrees from Clemson University (BS) and Florida Institute of Technology (MS). Her other hobbies include painting and screen printing. She enjoys creating t- shirts inspired by the places in her books.

For more information, visit HD’s website at



Jen Schaper
I am a mom of three kids, a wife, and a wannabe author. For Books That Hook, I review books, create features and discussions, design the website, and do all the administrative stuff.

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