Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Release Date: November 5, 2019
Genre: Urban Fantasy
A biker and a cowboy must stop the apocalypse in the first book of the Blood and Bone western urban fantasy series.
Gabe Harlan, ex-con biker, and Remi McCue, Texas cowboy, are informed—no, commanded—by a higher power that they must form a partnership, bound by blood and bone, to help save the world. Complete strangers one moment, they have now been thrust together, conscripted into heaven’s army-on-earth. While Remi is willing to believe in such things, to Gabe, newly released from prison, it makes no sense that heaven would count on humans when it has angels in its armory.
Especially when the devil claims a more dangerous, unearthly weapon: demons. Now loosed upon the earth in the first spasms of an unholy war, demons inhabit and make real the beasts and characters of fiction, folklore, fairy-tales. Gods and goddesses walk the earth. Myth becomes reality; legends and lies become truths.
End Times. End of Days. Armageddon and Apocalypse.
It’s up to Gabe and Remi to stop it, no matter the name. But how the hell do you stop hell? Tell truth from lies? Friend from foe? Heaven has its own agenda, and demons wear wings, too.
"You'll be a soldier. Sealed to it. Life and Limb, blood and bone, heart and soul. Not a soldier like others are, for it's not the kind of people most people fight on earth. The fate of the world hinges upon it."
Life and Limb, by author Jennifer Roberson, is the first installment in the authors Blood and Bone series. It’s up to Gabriel Harlan, a biker in black leather, and Remiel McCue, a country music-loving cowboy, to stop Armageddon and take up the fight between heaven and hell in this western urban fantasy. Gabe has just been released from prison after he apparently killed someone. Remi has been living in Arizona where he loves to buck horses. The two are tied by the fact that neither of them is entirely human.
Jubel is a character the two call Granddad. Granddad has been preparing the two for the end of the world. After some time away from them both, Granddad brings the two together in Flagstaff, Arizona for a life altering mission. Gabe is really good with guns, Remi is really good with knives. Gabe is sensitive to places, Remi is an empath. Alpha and Beta. The world has apparently become Lucifer's playground. The Devil has loosed his surrogates on the world and are now riding mythological tall tales, historical figures and fictional villains.
Lucifer is really good at exploiting disbelief. The greatest trick the devil every pulled was convincing the world that he doesn't exist. In this reality, folklore has roots in some portion of reality. All across the planet, there have been signs that the apocalypse is imminent. Where ever an earthquake happens, things come out from the ground. Legends are now very real and are picking sides of who to support in the upcoming war. Everyone in this story has some sort of agenda. From Granddad and who he really is. To a Grigori named Ambriel who Gabe encounters and tells him to open his eyes to the new reality.
Gods and Goddess are involved. Many are on Hell's side. People once worshiped the Gods and have no clue that some of these Gods don't favor their existence. Gabe and Remi must be the stop sign to keep the adversary from taking out humanity. Gabe and Remi's allies include Lily Morrigan aka Boudica the Irish Goddess of War who led an uprising against the occupying forces of the Roman Empire in AD 60 or 61 and an African Orisha who sings volcanoes awake. While Gabe and Remi are working out their own issues and their new mission, they are being hunted. The hunter is leaving bodies behind in a very Jack the Ripper modus operandi.
This story ends on a cliffhanger. People have been comparing this book to the TV series Supernatural for very good reasons. After all, Gabe and Remi are all but blood brothers who have been called to fight a variety of characters from black demon dogs called Barghest, to Nephilim who Granddad can't stand, to La Llorona, the Weeping Woman who appears near the water wailing for her children who she killed after her husband left her for another woman. As a fair warning, the opening chapters are filled heavily with information dumping as readers have to prepare themselves for why they should care about these two characters, and what is at stake if the two fail in their mission.
Will I read the sequel? Mayhap!