If the smoking hot demon who brought down the Shang Dynasty in 1046 BC were running around New York trying to steal the five most powerful books ever created, who would be there to stop her? A librarian, of course. When one of the great books is stolen, and a Guardian is beaten and left for dead, Kira Davidson will lead the other Guardians in a campaign against this ancient evil. At her side is Flavius Arbogast, a former general for the Roman Empire. Arby has been a Guardian since his father’s death, in 385 BC. They enlist the help of a former KGB agent, a French art thief, and Arby’s wise-cracking, aid-de-camp, Max. Together, these Guardians must find a way to prevent the demon from collecting all five books, and unleashing a devastating power on the people of New York.
What’s worse than being trapped in Hell? Being subpoenaed as a witness by the High Chancellor, that’s what. On trial in the Fifth Ring of Hell, Princess Naamah realizes the Imperial Inquisitor and his tribunal of demons intend to force an abdication, but only after using her to recover two magical rings which disappeared when her mother, Queen Agrat, was vanquished. The rings, known as Lucifer’s Tears, were fashioned from the tears of blood wept by the mighty angel during his Fall. If only one ring is worn, the bearer is bound to the Dark Lord. But when both rings are worn, it is the Lord of Darkness himself who is bound. Naamah’s attorney, a half-demon from California, along with the humans who defeated her mother, become her unlikely allies in preventing the greedy denizens of Hell from stealing her family’s throne. Further complications arise when the princess discovers the woman who now wears Lucifer’s Tears may be the only one capable of giving her what she desires most…a way out of Hell.
For thousands of years the existence of seven magical portals was kept secret from both the citizens of Hell and mankind. Rayna, a beautiful soul-eater demon and property manager of Atercloch Castle, discovers a portal in the moat on her estate. To prevent eviction by the Queen of Hell, who desires to control the portal, Rayna turns to the Roman God, Neptune. Centuries earlier, when the ancient gods abandoned the Mortal Realm, Neptune had simply walked through one of the portals and opened a bar. His preferred mode of dress is disco era gigolo, and he splits his time between mixing cocktails and magical potions. In exchange for one of his potions, Rayna and her two best friends agree to collect the necessary ingredients. Aidya journeys to a derelict garden, deep within their own realm, while Di must visit a nature preserve in the Mortal Realm. Rayna is sent to the mysterious Roopkund Lake, high in the Himalayan Mountains. The three friends quickly realize Neptune has his own agenda, and they themselves are being used as pawns in a dangerous game against a crazed Cyclops.
Cockroaches aren’t usually the best communicators, but when the proprietress of the Gardens of Gäap and Gomory is strip-searched, thrown in a dungeon, and starved during a routine business trip, she learns from the fat-bodied insect that her former associates consider her a traitor and will likely execute her in the morning. But our heroine’s troubles don’t end there. In Gomory’s absence, well-meaning employees accidently destroy her office and records, manage to lose medallions, created by Merlin, which allow them to access the portals between the Seven Realms, and release an entity from a mysterious greenhouse at the back of the Garden complex. Good thing Merlin drops into her cell to help out...or is it?