“Ninety years ago, Gabriella di Luca promised to protect the family of her dying lover. She failed to keep that promise. She was too far away to stop the devil that murdered the eldest Van Helsing son. Years later, Gabby learns the devil has resurfaced. She arrives in Hampton, TX, determined to stop the devil before it can lay a bloody hand on the remaining three brothers.
However, madness is spreading through Hampton. She suspects the devil is using this madness to test a drug which has a side effect of demonic possession. Gabby rushes to end the source of the madness only to fall victim to it. For a woman cursed with eternal life, dying is no threat. However, Gabby must stop the devil’s plot or risk losing her most precious possession: her mind.” (description from Goodreads)
*This is a review of an ARC received from the author.
Months ago I had the chance to read Cosper’s short story “The Flower of Hell” from the Paramourtal collection of short stories that she was included in. It was a great story that introduced me to the character Gabriella di Luca and the world of Noree’s book A Prescription For Delirium. While it’s not a necessary step to take before reading this novel, reading “The Flower of Hell” increased my already large curiosity for Prescription.
In this novel, Cosper has set up a detailed world of demon hunting, family legacies, and a great cast of characters.
To be completely honest I know almost nothing about the world of demons, or much of the supernatural in general that this novel deals with. It’s because of that, that I say Cosper was able to in a way teach me the ways of this world effectively through Gabriella’s character. Gabriella is a centuries old human with a curse. She’s been around for a long time hunting various demons. She knows things. The Van Helsing brothers of this current generation, they know next to nothing compared to her. This teacher student relationship made it easy to learn with the characters.
What I enjoyed about the characters was that they weren’t all buddy-buddy as a team. Just because one of them tells the other something it didn’t mean that it would be believed. Despite the main conflict of hunting down the devil, Ose, the inner struggles of the group often come into play. This lead to many sections of non-stop reading. There was also a good balance between the back story given for some characters and back story that was withheld. While I’d like to have known a bit more about a few of them, I also understand that details will unfold as the series comes along. An author can’t tell everything in the first book.
I feel that Cosper has a vast understanding of the supernatural world, its history, and an imagination to alter it to her needs. That is a key strength of this novel. There are also a variety of horror elements in here from delusions to “real” horrific scenes battling demons. Cosper has established a series that will be on my to be read list for years to come. I’m intrigued to know where it will go from here. All I know is that there’s danger in store. It’s hiding around every corner for Gabriella and her companions.
This book is set to release on December 1st, 2012. You can find more on the book on Noree’s links below. To hold you over for its release here’s the trailer:
About Noree Cosper:
Noree Cosper loves writing about magic in the modern world. While growing up in Texas she constantly searched for mystical elements in the mundane. She buried her nose in both fiction and books about Wicca, Religion, and Mythology. Everyday became an adventure as she joined a group of role-players, acting out her fantasies of vampires, demons, and monsters living in the world.
She embraced her nerdom wholeheartedly.
Noree grew, but never left her love for fantasy and horror. Her dreams pushed her and her hand itched to write the visions she saw. So, with her fingers on the keys, she did what her heart had been telling her to do since childhood. She wrote
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