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From the author of Something Like Summer comes Hell's Pawn, winner of a Rainbow Award for Best Gay Fantasy, honorable mention as Best Gay Novel of 2011, and two wins in Goodread's M/M Romance Member's Choice Awards for Best World Created and Most Surprising/Unique Plot Device.
John Grey is dead… and that’s just the beginning.
Purgatory should have been a safe haven for souls that belong neither in Heaven nor Hell, but instead John finds himself in a corrupt prison, one bereft of freedom or pleasure. Along with his decedent friend Dante, John makes a brave escape, only to fall straight down to Hell and into the arms of Rimmon, a handsome incubus. John is soon recruited as Hell’s ambassador, visiting the afterlife realms of other cultures to enlist an army strong enough to stand against Heaven. As interesting as his new job is, John’s mind keeps returning to Purgatory and the souls still trapped there. Somehow John must stop a war he doesn’t believe in and liberate Purgatory, all while desperately trying to attract the attention of an incubus whose heart belongs to another.
Five stars from Reviews by Jesse Wave: "--a very enjoyable rollicking ride of a book. There's a great mix of action, pathos, humour, love and camaraderie, all set in a unique series of worlds which are imaginatively described."
Praise from Forbes.com: "--I couldn't put it down. Jay Bell has drafted a interesting, page-turning book that tours not only the traditional afterlife, but also the afterlives of many different religions-"
Astonishing - 5 Stars
Jay Bell continues to surprise with his literary prowess.
Hell's Pawn is an incredible work of fantasy fiction. A roller coaster of a ride that dives head first into mythology and religion in its many guises and forms. Bell uses the differing constructs to weave a story that is both engaging but also, whether intentional or not, an education in its own right. Bell has a commanding grasp of his chosen subject matter and the research he has done in this field is obvious.
The story centres around John Grey, or more precisely his soul, caught in the no man's land of Purgatory, neither being Heaven nor Hell. All is not right in this world however John manages to escape only to find himself in Hell. Here he meets Rimmon, an Incubus who is sent to seduce John in order to win his favour in support of a task that Hell requires of him.
His task is to amass an army, rallying the Gods of other realms and religions to join the Legions of Hell in attempting to bring order back to Purgatory, however it soon becomes apparent that Purgatory may not be the final goal of Hells plan.
Those who are already familiar with Bells work, will find the style and pace of this book as equally familiar, however it is obvious that he is growing as a writer, and Hells Pawn is as polished a piece of writing as I have read from any commercial author.