Tale of a Body Thief
Rovena Silvex Book 1
by Kristy Centeno
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Her special abilities can save lives, but so can they kill.
Rovena Silvex has hunted and eliminated dozens of demons throughout the ten years since her initiation as a hunter. Possessing supernatural skills only makes her job a lot easier.
When she’s asked to visit the county morgue to look over a deceased victim and find out what demon killed him, the body rising from the dead is the last thing she expects.
Now Rovena is stuck with a walking corpse and no answers as to how he managed to return to the world of the living. However, the victim has changed and the more time she spends with him, the more she realizes that what crossed over might not have been the soul of the dead man but something much worse.
Complications arise when her new assignment is targeted by demons hell-bent on making sure he stays dead for good.
Killing demons has always been a piece of cake. Keeping one alive however, is a whole new ballgame for her. If she fails, she risks setting in motion a war between heaven and hell. But if she succeeds, she could trap a powerful Lord in a world he doesn’t belong in, forever.
Khetan sat stiffly beside the grating woman, his fingers digging into the cushioned seat on either side of his outer thighs as she drove across buzzing streets like a bat out of hell.
“Move out of the way, asshole.” She slapped on the car’s horn and raised her middle finger in a gesture he could only postulate as obscene as they passed the other vehicle.
The woman was harebrained—a precarious daredevil of the worst kind.
Just how had he ended up in this predicament?
This scenario was nothing like he envisioned his first visit to the surface would be. After going incorporeal, he’d caught a faint trace of the pest that had stolen Heaven's Eye, and he followed it dutifully through the barriers and to the surface. But unfortunately, he lost the scent at what he assumed to be a funeral parlor. There, the smell of death saturated the air, and it hindered his chase before it could even start.
Khetan was unsure where things went wrong. He found a vessel to utilize almost immediately, which allowed him to mask his scent, but by the time he realized the body wasn’t alone, it was too late. He had been drawn to the form lying supine on the cold, metallic surface and sped to it without any thoughts as to what consequences that would bring. Instead, he opened his new human eyes to find the most discordant woman he had ever encountered present.
A hindrance to my dealings, she is.
He knew better than to presume her ignorant of the worlds of good and evil. She seemed quite aware that both existed though unaware of who or what he was.
Khetan was unsure if this was a good or bad thing.
However, if she was as careless in everything else as she was in operating a four-wheeled vehicle, he didn’t expect anything but trouble from her. The woman maneuvered the car as if she had spare lives and didn’t care if she lost one along the way.
He wasn’t yet ready to leave, not when he’d just arrived.
Demons destroyed on the surface returned to the pits of the Underworld. The downside of that was that they could no longer breach the world of the living. If something were to happen to him now, he would be carried off to his domain. The mission would become null.
He glanced down at the belt pressed against his chest. Would it keep him safe if the madwoman collided with another vehicle?
Kristy Centeno loves to spin tales of creatures that go bump in the night, with a sprinkle of romance to top them off. Her passion for writing stems from a lifelong enjoyment of reading and the pleasure derived from the magical worlds created by authors like her. She prefers her female leads strong, independent, and stubborn who will stop at nothing to save their loved ones and protect those they care for.
Kristy currently resides in Pennsylvania with her five kids, a quartet of noisy parakeets, and a spoiled puppy. When she’s not working or writing, she juggles her free time between raising a handful of minions and pursuing other career goals.