New Dusk (Hart and Soul Book 1) by Liberty Gilmore

Alf is roaring. Most people would mistake this for anger, but they don’t spend as much time around Demons as I do…

Cadence Hart has just six months on the job left. But six months might as well be a lifetime in the dangerous field of Deportations. Armed with a flaming sword and backed by Alf, her Demon partner, she’s the thin blue line between the Souls escaped from Hell and the living residents of the city.

Missing persons cases aren’t her usual line of work, but a young woman has disappeared in strange circumstances and Cadence is pulled off her regular duties to investigate. The girl’s parents think she’s possessed. Which is impossible. Only, from what evidence there is – it looks an awful lot like she’s possessed.

To solve the case, she’ll need the help of Matthew, a Soul expert. Matthew gained his expertise first hand – he’s been dead since before Cadence was born. But when their investigation unearths links to the devil-worshipping cult, New Dusk, they begin to realise that the case might be more than even they can handle.


Song For This Book: Heathens by Twenty One Pilots
Why? It fits with the separation between the New Dusk and New Dawn organizations, and the creepy, unsettled feeling of the song fits well with the book.


I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

So this book follows a woman named Cadence Hart who works for the police. Her main focus? Deporting souls that have escaped from hell. With the help of some living and some not quite so living coworkers, she is approached with a case regarding a possession. But possession would be too simple of an answer in this case, and she finds herself dealing with a whole bunch of things she never quite saw coming.

There’s something intriguing about a police procedural where paranormal is the norm. It also sounds like something that could go very poorly. But Gilmore pulls it off very well, leaving us with a fast-paced, intense novella that will keep you hooked and leaved you frustrated at the end, in the best way possible.

The way this reads almost feels like a television series. The length of the novella gives you about as much as you’d get out of an hour long television programme, and leaves you hooked and intersted to see what happens next. It’s easy to read in an afternoon, and doesn’t drag on in the slightest.

The Good Points of New Dusk:

The pacing is incredible. Just when you think that thing are going to slow down for a little while, something else explodes and you’re off running in another direction for a few chapters. Then the end of the book shows up, and you’re not at all prepared for it.

I liked the way everything felt normal within the story. There are all kinds of dead creatures and souls and demons running around, but you don’t think a whole lot of it because the characters are pretty relaxed about the whole thing. So many books make a big deal out of these things, but it really works to keep it as a minor detail for this book.

I found the whole idea of the good and bad, New Dawn and New Dusk, demons and humans, life and death to be fascinating. It’s clearly well thought out, and it’s presented very well. Even though this novella is fairly short, you feel as though you’ve got a good sense of both sides of the world.

The characters in this are great. They all balance well with each other, and though not everyone necessarily gets along, it works very well for the story. For the length of the book, they’re developed appropriately, and pretty kick butt as a whole.

The Downsides of New Dusk:

This is a more general pet peeve, rather than related specifically to this novella (Never Never irritated me in the same way, Zenith will probably do the same if I ever read it), but it drives me crazy when books divide up like this. Why do you split them up like this? Is it a money thing, or just to bump up how many books you’ve got out? As a reader, it’s frustrating to only get part of a story, when you could easily just give me one or two books and allow me to have all of it at once.

Because the characters were really relaxed about the whole demons-walking-among-us thing, sometimes you didn’t get a great distriction of what each type of creature is exactly. While I wouldn’t want to way it’s presented in story to change, maybe a glossary or something to that effect would have been nice.

Maybe this is nitpicking, but there are a few grammar mistakes throughout this that should have been caught. Especially the one in the first sentence of a chapter. I know that self- and indie-published books don’t have the highest editing standards, but that shouldn’t be an excuse either.

You don’t get any resolution in this novella, because every time something gets solved, it opens up a whole other can of worms. I’m all for cliffhangers, but it would have been nice to get an ended, rather than just a ‘to be continued’ at the end of the novella.

All in all, I really enjoyed this, and I’m intrigued where the whole thing is going. It’s a fun, fast-paced story, with a fascinating, original idea driving it. If you’re looking for a good Halloween-feeling story, but you don’t big on actually being scared, this is a great book for you.


4 thoughts on “New Dusk (Hart and Soul Book 1) by Liberty Gilmore

  1. Premise sounds interesting, I will give it that…but grammar mistakes are never nitpicking when it’s a published book! And I hate when people write books as serials to get more readers and $$$.
    Despite how it sounds, I’m skipping this one. 😊

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