The Serpent (The Immortal Dealers #1) by Sarah Fine


Ernestine “Ernie” Terwilliger has cared for her eccentric mother ever since her father left when she was a child. When mysterious strangers, both with a strange deck of cards, turn up at her mother’s antique shop Ernie is dragged into a world she knows nothing about. When her mother is threatened by one of the men, she grabs a fistful of cards from the abuser and runs for her life.

When the only person who can offer her help is the other mystery man Gabe, Ernie doesn’t know whether to trust him. When Gabe saves her life, she builds a shaky alliance with him to battle the dangerous and unstable Duncan.

The author injects a breath of fresh air into the urban fantasy genre with a unique concept.  Immortal dealers who each own a deck of tarot-like-cards that when wielded can raise empires and shape the world’s destiny.

I loved the unique word-building in this book. It does take a while for Ernie to grow on the reader, she can come across as whiny at times. The romance could have done with expansion. It comes somewhat out of nowhere without much build-up. These are just minor flaws in an otherwise gripping read.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. For more reviews please visit my blog:


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