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Devil's Daughter: Lucinda's Pawnshop, Book One

by Hope Schenk-De Michele

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Lucinda is the owner of a pawn shop which has the power to appear anywhere in the world. Only those who are going through some kind of moral conflict can enter; once inside, a dark object calls out to them. This object will have the power to greatly influence their lives. As the devil's daughter, Lucinda collects these objects at the behest of Satan. Because she is also the daughter of Eve, Lucinda still has a human soul and heart and this means that sometimes she's able to cast wrench into the devil's plans. Lucinda has been playing the long game for quite sometime but when Dominic makes his way to the shop, Lucinda finds herself tempted by a human for the first time in a long. The fact that he is able to enter means that despite is apparent goodness, there's something dark about him as well. Will Lucinda have the courage to explore her feelings or will she get caught up once again in one of her father's demonic schemes?

I honestly had by doubts about this book. I read the description several times and because I kept coming back to it over the course of several days, I decided to read it. It's a decision I absolutely do not regret. There have been lots of tales about Satan and his evil plans for this world and so it wouldn't be fair to say that the Devil's Daughter is unique but yet, I found it a compelling read and simply could not put it down. I love the idea that the devil can not act directly and so is forced to create far reaching plans, moving people around like pawns on a chessboard, instead directly influencing humanity. Free will in this universe is paramount, making the evil that we do entirely of our own creation. Yes, each person reaches a critical moment when they must choose between right and wrong but the choice at the end is always theirs. It is however worth noting that there are times when the authors stray and become somewhat didactic as it relates to things like pre-marital sex and the importance of believing in the divine.

This notion of free will and the potential intrinsic evil of mankind only really becomes a problem for me when the authors bring up the holocaust. The authors claim that Hitler was influenced by the devil and this is what lead to the holocaust. Lucinda blames herself in part because she didn't see the plan coming together until it was too late. Appropriating an atrocity in this fashion is never going to be acceptable because it reduces human lives to a plot point. Given that intrinsic evil is something the authors explored there's no reason supernatural machinations needs to apply to Hitler.

On some level, I found each of the characters interesting. Lucinda and her self doubt about her own goodness based on her parentage reminded me of the question of original sin. Even Eve, who didn't physically appear in this book finds redemption when the writers suggest that Eve isn't the one was cast out of heaven, nor did she eat fruit from a forbidden tree. Eve chooses to join Adam on earth after being raped by the devil. The authors didn't directly paint what happened between Eve and Lucifer as rape because it is rape by deception but at no point did they imply that this act isn't an extreme violation. Nathaniel, the enigmatic angel fascinated me the most. He's a fallen angel and yet he promises to watch over Lucinda. I very much get the feeling that he was assigned to fall to guide and help Lucinda. I really want to know his backstory more.

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  FangsfortheFantasy | Oct 30, 2016 |
The Devil’s Daughter is a paranormal, supernatural and magical book that pits good against evil. This original storyline has a twist from the norm.

Lucinda runs a pawn shop. Be careful when you go in, because she may have just what is looking for you. Could it be a gift? Could it be a curse?

Lucinda is the daughter of Lucifer and Eve. At first, I thought she was evil, but there is more to Lucinda than meets the eye. She has her own agenda and is often at odds with her father. She wonders why God has forsaken her. Her world turns topsy turvy when she meets Dominic Adeodatus Amado, whose name means Gift of a loving God. Hmmm…

I love this unique and unusual version of the battle between good and evil. I loved the characters, both good and bad. They did their jobs well. As I read along, I grew to like Lucinda more and more, but her partners, not so much. I felt really bad for Mona, but that is a story you will need to find out for yourself.

Humanity has its own struggles, some choosing the good path, some not, and some caught in Between.

So…come in to Lucinda’s Pawnshop. She will make sure you find…something.

This is the first book in the series and I am looking for Book II…

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  sherry69 | Feb 13, 2016 |
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Bohnhoff (The Meri) collaborates with TV producers Schenk-de Michele and Marquez for a fun and readable, though suncinematic, kickoff for the Lucinda’s Pawnshop urban fantasy series. Lucinda Trompe, daughter of Lucifer and Eve, runs a pawnshop that sells possessed artifacts to people on the brink of moral decisions, drawing them into Lucifer’s grand battle for the souls of all humankind. While broadly supporting her father’s schemes, Lucinda affirms her humanity and defies him in little ways: pursuing a relationship with mortal Dominic Amado instead of Lucifer’s creepy lackey Rey Granger, and putting a powerful annotated Qur’an into the hands of a religious leader who could interfere with infernal plans in the Middle East. Lucinda’s balance of tangible power and personal insecurity makes her a complex protagonist. The sparse plot feels mechanical and ends in an array of cliffhangers, but the characters’ interactions a
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Debut authors Schenck-de Michele and Marquez’s urban fantasy novel about Lucifer’s daughter and a peculiar shop.
Lucinda’s Pawnshop & Antiquary is no ordinary secondhand store, much in the way Lucinda Trompe is no ordinary
proprietor: “Half mortal, half immortal, she had been sired by Lucifer on a human mother—THE human mother. The
woman the Torah called ‘Eve.’ ” Gifted with the ability to change form and manipulate regular mortals, Lucinda spends
much of her time selling specific items to the latter. These items work as “soul magnets,” which in their own special
ways work to do the bidding of Lucifer. After all, “Lucinda’s father was hell-bent (she loved that expression) on bringing
mankind not to its knees, but to its grave.” With an elaborate plan that involves a group of young witches, Morgan le
Fay’s Book of Shadows, a cursed pocket watch, and unrest in the Middle East, humanity seems to be in trouble. It’s
trouble that Lucinda initially aids, though her infatuation with a beautiful man named Dominic Amado, and has the
potential to disrupt even Lucifer’s well-laid plans. Lucinda is of course half human, a reality that occasionally allows her
to subvert her father’s intentions. Hatching an intricate plot, the story progresses from different angles at a cracking pace.
While the concept of Lucifer’s daughter falling in love with a modern man as she works at a magical secondhand store
could have easily become awash with urban fantasy clichés, the story maintains an original feel. Touching on historical
figures such as Averroes and Francis Galton, the real is woven seamlessly with the fantastical, such as when a young
witch conjures a water horse—“She flung it at the first wave of men, twisting it until it looked less like a horse and more
like a horrific, gleaming tornado with a wide, open vortex.” Though a passage involving a dutiful young soldier and his
feuding parents seems forced, the overall story proves itself to be both genuinely surprising and, if one can imagine the
devil’s daughter falling in love, touching.
A worthwhile jaunt for readers interested in a mix of magic, mankind, and the sinister ploys of the devil.
added by BirdStreetBooks | editKirkus (Apr 27, 2015)
 
“Be careful what you buy or sell in Lucinda’s Pawnshop.”
– New York Times bestselling author of Blood of the Cosmos
added by BirdStreetBooks | editBestselling Author, Kevin J. Anderson
 
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Lucinda is as old as humanity itself, yet perpetually young, beautiful, and endowed with supernatural powers. She lives a double life―human and immortal. Born out of a betrayal of trust between the first woman, Eve, and father, Lucifer, Lucinda has worked covertly and subtly for millennia to be true to her mother’s love by subverting her father’s schemes. In her human guise, she manages Lucinda’s Pawnshop & Antiquary, the doors of which can open to any street anywhere in the world at any time. Mortals who have arrived at a moral or spiritual crossroads are drawn into the mysterious shop. If they acquire one of its cursed artifacts, they may find themselves drafted into Lucifer’s service. And if the Devil's daughter will not love a man he can control, can Lucifer control the man she loves?
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Lucinda is as old as humanity itself, yet perpetually young, beautiful, and endowed with supernatural powers. She lives a double life―human and immortal. Born out of a betrayal of trust between the first woman, Eve, and father, Lucifer, Lucinda has worked covertly and subtly for millennia to be true to her mother’s love by subverting her father’s schemes. In her human guise, she manages Lucinda’s Pawnshop & Antiquary, the doors of which can open to any street anywhere in the world at any time. Mortals who have arrived at a moral or spiritual crossroads are drawn into the mysterious shop. If they acquire one of its cursed artifacts, they may find themselves drafted into Lucifer’s service. And if the Devil's daughter will not love a man he can control, can Lucifer control the man she loves?

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