Format: E-Galley, 287 pages
Release Date: October 23,2018
Genre: Fantasy / Urban
An inexperienced sorceress must retrieve a priceless artifact from the enchantress who stole it, break the curse on her half-demon boyfriend, and stop her friends from turning on each other before the enchantress calls down doomsday.
When a wicked enchantress steals a cursed doomsday amulet, crystal sorceress Dru Jasper has only twenty-four hours to get it back before the world will come to a fiery end. With this supernatural amulet in hand, the enchantress intends to break the sixth seal of the apocalypse scroll—making the seas boil, the stars fall from the sky, and the earth itself split apart. Overall, bad news.
Dru must hit the road to get the amulet back. But she suspects her half-demon boyfriend, Greyson, and his demon-possessed muscle car, Hellbringer, are hiding a dark secret. Can she trust them to help her stop doomsday? Worse, tracking down the enchantress runs Dru smack up against a pack of killer shape-shifters, the grim mystery of a radioactive ghost town, and a dangerous speed demon even more powerful than Hellbringer.
As the clock runs out, Dru is locked in a high-speed chase with the enchantress, fighting a fierce, magical duel she can never win alone. Can Dru and her sorcerer friends unravel Hellbringer’s secrets, outwit the shape-shifters, and retrieve the stolen amulet before the dawn of doomsday?
No Sleep till Doomsday is the third installment in author Laurence MacNaughton's Dru Jasper series. The story is set in present-day Denver, in & around Dru’s home and crystal shop, in a world where sorcerers and magic lurk beneath everyday life, unbeknownst to most people. Dru doesn’t have strong magical ability, but what she does have she uses to help people with magical problems.
In the beginning, Dru stumbled across a man (Greyson) who was close to turning into a demon and a plot to bring about the end of the world was uncovered. Since then, she has scrambled to save the world, reconciled her growing magical abilities to her everyday life while also being surrounded by her friends Rane, Opal, and of course, Greyson who drives a 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona called Hellbringer which was summoned from the Otherworld to help with the apocalypse.
This story surrounds events that happen rather quickly. As Dru is attempting to find a way to break Greyson's curse which makes him one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, she gets a very unwelcome visitor in the form of a really powerful crystal sorceress who steals a very powerful artifact that shouldn't be allowed any where in public. Said object is powerful enough to break the 6th seal of the apocalypse seal. But, that is just the beginning. Dru's troubles are just beginning.
Her friends, Rane and Salem, are attacked by a giant Bat which apparently means the return of a group called protean sorcerers who are able to shape-shift. In the process, Salem loses one of his own favorite amulet's. Shortly thereafter, Opal's car is broken into, and she too loses an amulet. For Dru, this can only mean one thing. The apocalypse she has already stopped twice is once again on the horizon.
It means that Dru and her Scooby gang must put personal issues aside, especially Salem and Opal with Greyson and their belief that he is one of the triggers for the apocalypse, and use their skills to figure a way to stop the crystal sorceress and her shape-shifting nightmares from opening the games of hell itself and unleashing the end of the world.
I really like this story. I love Dru, the girl who finds out she is a crystal sorceress who never believed she could actually save the world. Dru hasn't exactly accepted her role as a sorceress, but she does believe it is her responsibility to try to save the world from evil. I love the way that Dru sticks with Greyson no matter how much her friends have issues with him or his car. I loved Greyson and his demon possessed car.
I loved the fact that Hellbringer has a bit of competition in this story which leads to plenty of chase scenes and face-paced action. Opal is pretty much the entertainment aspect of the story with her weird sense of style, but don't count her knowledge of crystals out. Rane has the amazing ability to turn into metal or steel which really comes in handy when helping Dru save the world. The loose cannon of the group? Salem. Salem and I have a love hate relationship. I hate him but love that there is an outsider among Dru's group to keep her on her toes.
This book actually gives each character a brief chance to shine on their own without the author having to let Dru tell their stories. I love this series because the stories are a mixed up genre mash-up between Urban Fantasy and a quirky mystery with some pretty interesting characters. I would say that if you are looking for something different from the same old vampires, Fae, and Werewolves, you should definitely check out this series from the beginnin.
**Note** I received word from the publisher that there will be a fourth installment in this series which is absolutely fantastic news. Thank you, Lisa for the 411!**