• Death's Hand, the Darkest Gate, and Dark Union

  • The Descent Series, Books 1-3
  • By: SM Reine
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Series: The Descent Series, Book 1-3
  • Length: 25 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 11-06-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Red Iris Books
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.7 (120 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This is a collection of the first three titles in The Descent Series, which are gritty urban fantasy books about an exorcist, a witch, and their battles against the forces of Heaven and Hell.
©2011-2013 SM Reine (P)2013 Red Iris Books
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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 06-11-15

Good story, okay narrator

I enjoyed these books. I liked the characters and the pace was a nice mix of action and non-action. I like characters that suffer and suffer and suffer some more but still manage to win the final battle. The main character suffers a lot physically and emotionally thereby making it difficult for me to stop listening.

The only issue was the narrator's incredibly slow drawn out speaking style. I had to increase the speed to 1.25 and that improved the pace that I ended up enjoying the narrator. I thought she did accents and female voices very well. The men were sometimes a little to gravelly but acceptable. Her habit of over pronouncing the last letter of the last word in almost every sentence made it impossible to listen at regular speed but at the faster speed, it was barely noticeable.

All in all a good listen if you like these kind of worlds with demons and angels.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By BikeVON on 03-01-18


This story is told delineating past and present events. A team, a witch (James) and warrior (Elise) fights demons and angles. Their partnership is slightly odd because the female is the fighter. Their relationship, Kopis and Aspis, a bonded relationship.

Of course, our heros are exceptional, they would not be our heros. They are savers of the world and have made enemies of everyone. Elise is taciturn with zero social skills, but she can kill even a god. James is paper witch. He saved Elise when she was a young teen.
They fight well as a team and there are interesting paranormal stories. The length of the stories is reasonable. The conflict is quickly presented, and our team is off fighting. Elise’s dogged determined to not give up, keeps the action going. Unlike some spell users, i.e. Harry Dresden (Jim Buther author), or Cesar Hawke (SM Reine author), Faz Pound (Al K. Line author), or Nate Temple (Shayne Silvers author), who offensive and defensive spells are much more convenient than carrying a spell book. So, if your book becomes lost, stolen or wet, James is shit out of luck. You must read at least the first two stories to understand their relationship.

There are a few flaws, which cause me slight discomfort in appreciating the stories. ***SPOILERS *** There is a point when the team had no choice but the reveal their real talents to their friends. James has a coven. Yet, the members have a problem accepting the existence of demons. Elise begins a romance with Anthony. He is an eager “boyfriend” who has no fighting skills. His chivalry gene works overtime and insistent on helping her. Knowing that she in putting his life in danger, she uses him as back-up. He is immature for a woman who has such life experience. He ceaseless questions and getting in the way became annoying.

The willingness of the team, really Elise, to use non-trained people to go into battle with angles and demons is out of character for heros. That detracted from my enjoyment. Many of the questions presented in book one, ie what is with Elise and wearing gloves, what happen to the people in the killed at James’ aunt house, what happen to Elise’s parents, what is the deal with the organization they are affiliated with, have the answers sprinkled through-out books 2 & 3.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Carien on 06-14-16

Angels and Demons - who are the good guys?

What started as interest has developed into something nearing addiction. I desperately want to know what happens next and am quite annoyed - in a good way - that there are so many unanswered questions.
I never really warmed to Anthony - and the last book didn't really do much to change my mind or attitude. I am concerned about James though, and wonder what will happen between them.
I found the last book less appealing than the first two and hope that the rest of the series is not a matter of dragging what could fit in two books across four.
I liked the narrator and will listen to her again. It is a pity the rest of the series is not available on audio.

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