Cold Curses by Chloe Neill @chloeneill @BerkleyPub @AceRocBooks

Posted November 16, 2023 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 18 Comments

Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Cold Curses by Chloe Neill @chloeneill @BerkleyPub @AceRocBooks Cold Curses by Chloe Neill
Series: Heirs of Chicagoland #5
Published by Berkley on November 14, 2023
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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It’s all magical hands on deck for vampire Elisa Sullivan and her allies as they fight to save the Windy City from a supernatural onslaught, in the newest installment of the USA Today bestselling Heirs of Chicagoland series.

Elisa, the only vampire ever born, is hoping all can remain quiet in the City of Chicago in the wake of a destructive attack by an ancient demon who broke the city’s defensive magic. Still, she and her friends, including shifter Connor Keene, know they need to be ready for anything.

Everyone is working as hard as they can to repair the city’s wards, but unwelcome creatures are slipping through and Elisa soon finds herself caught in the middle of a magical turf war with roots that go back generations. She knows she will have to take a stand, but retaliating threatens to reveal her deepest secret...

The Heirs of Chicagoland  series has come to a close with Cold Curses.  I would read the series in order, like most urban fantasy. I’ve really enjoyed the next generation  making their lives and fighting for Chicago with old and new foes.  Elisa and Connor are settled and very comfortable in their relationship.  They support and help each other. Connor is still facing pack challenges periodically.  Lulu and Alexei are a newer pairing.

While Lulu enjoys her work as an artist, she does stand up to help this time.  Demons seem to be everywhere, fighting residents of Chicago and other demons. All generations are all hands on deck in this fight.   The Ombuds research to find out about the original wards as Catcher and Mallory try to repair them.  They also try to figure out the demons.  Elisa tries to reach out to Jonathon Black who might know something since he is also a sorcerer.

Elisa also has the worry of “monster” who wants out.  Monster becomes more adamant when they go to Cadogan House from which they were separated from in the last book.  Elisa and Monster have lived and worked together for awhile.  Elisa is afraid to tell Lulu, her parents and Lulu’s parents.  She is also worried about how much she will change without Monster.

The team of the Ombuds, their friends and family, and some of the other supernaturals work hard to take down demons and figure out how to stop them from causing destruction in the city.   They did a pretty smart job considering how little information was available.  There were a few exciting battles, more personal growth, and a satisfying conclusion for this well loved world and characters.

About Chloe Neill

Chloe Neill is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Captain Kit Brightling, Heirs of Chicagoland, Chicagoland Vampires, Devil’s Isle, and Dark Elite novels.

She was born and raised in the South, but now makes her home in the Midwest, where she lives with her gamer husband and their bosses/dogs, Baxter and Scout.  Chloe is a voracious reader and obsessive Maker of Things; the crafting rotation currently involves baking and quilting. She believes she is exceedingly witty; her husband has been known to disagree.

Photo by Dana Damewood.


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Posted November 16, 2023 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 18 Comments

18 responses to “Cold Curses by Chloe Neill

  1. Texas Book Lover

    I’m excited to read this because I have loved this series for such a long time if you include the original Chicagoland Series…but I know it will also be sad since I know it’s the end of great series.

  2. I never did read this or the original series – will she do another spinoff? I did enjoy the Devil’s Island series – it was so different and interesting.

  3. I got a novella from this series way out of order since I haven’t even read the original series, but it was a nice teaser and made me want to get to them all. I’m glad it ended on a high note for you.

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