Soul Thief (Demon Trappers Series #2)

Soul Thief (Demon Trappers Series #2)

by Jana Oliver


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Riley Blackthorne is beginning to learn that there are worse things than death by demon. And love is just one of them…

Seventeen-year-old Riley has about had it up to here. After the devastating battle at the Tabernacle, trappers are dead and injured, her boyfriend Simon is gravely injured, and now her beloved late father's been illegally poached from his grave by a very powerful necromancer. As if that's not enough, there's Ori, one sizzling hot freelance demon hunter who's made himself Riley's unofficial body guard, and Beck, a super over-protective "friend" who acts more like a grouchy granddad. With all the hassles, Riley's almost ready to leave Atlanta altogether.

But as Atlanta's demon count increases, the Vatican finally sends its own Demon Hunters to take care of the city's "little" problem, and pandemonium breaks loose. Only Riley knows that she might be the center of Hell's attention: an extremely powerful Grade 5 demon is stalking her, and her luck can't last forever…

Soul Thief is Book Two in Jana Oliver's bestselling young adult series, Demon Trappers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312614799
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 08/30/2011
Series: Demon Trappers Series , #2
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 710,994
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: HL670L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Jana Oliver is the award-winning author of the young adult urban fantasy series Demon Trappers, including The Demon Trapper's Daughter. She is also the author of the Time Rovers series. She's happiest when she's researching outlandish urban legends, wandering around old cemeteries and dreaming up new stories. An Iowa native, she lives in Atlanta, GA.

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Atlanta, Georgia

The Grounds Zero Coffee Shop made the most amazing hot chocolate in Atlanta, maybe even the whole world. It appeared Riley Blackthorne would have to wade through Armageddon to get it.

“The end is near!” a man called out to passersby. He stood at the shop’s entrance holding a homemade cardboard sign that proclaimed the same thing. Instead of having a scraggly beard and wearing a black robe like some biblical prophet, he was wearing chinos and a red shirt.

“You’ve got to prepare, missy,” he said and shoved a pamphlet toward Riley with considerable zeal. The tract looked remarkably like the one she had in her jacket pocket. Like the one the angel had given her right before she’d agreed to work for Heaven to save her boyfriend’s life.

“The end is near!” the man shouted again.

“Is there still time for hot chocolate?” Riley asked.

The End Times guy blinked. “Ah, maybe; I don’t know.”

“Oh, good,” she said. “I’d hate to take on Hell without fueling up.”

That earned her a confused frown. Rather than explain she jammed the tract in her pocket and pushed open the door to the coffee shop as the man went back to exhorting his audience to prepare for the worst.

The Grounds Zero didn’t look any different from how it did the last time she’d been here. The smell of roasted beans hung in the air like a heady perfume, and the espresso machine growled low and deep. Customers tapped on laptops as they enjoyed expensive coffee and talked about whatever was important in their lives. Just like every day. Except …

Everything is weird now.

Even buying hot chocolate. That used to be easy: Place order, pay for order, receive hot beverage. No hassles. That didn’t appear to be the case today.

The barista kept staring at her even as he made the drink, which wasn’t a good thing, because he nearly scalded himself. Maybe it was the multiple burn holes in her denim jacket, or the ragged slice down one sleeve that revealed the T-shirt underneath. Or the fact that her long brown hair had a frizzled, been-too-close-to-a-flame look, despite two shampoo sessions and a lot of conditioner. At least she’d changed her jeans, or the guy would be staring at all the dried blood. Blood that wasn’t hers.

“I saw you on TV. You’re one of them, aren’t you?” he asked in a shaky voice, brown eyes so wide they seemed to cover most of his face.

On TV? Riley had no choice but to own up. “Yeah, I’m a demon trapper.” One of the few lucky enough to survive last night’s slaughter.

The guy dropped the ceramic cup on the counter, sloshing some of the brown goodness over the side and onto the saucer. He backed away like Riley had horns coming out of her skull.

“Whipped cream?” she asked, frowning now. Even if the world was ending, hot chocolate had to have that glorious white stuff on top or what was the point? He reluctantly added the topping, keeping his eyes on her rather than the cup. Some of it actually went inside. “Chocolate shavings?” she nudged.

“Ah … we’re out,” he said.

It’s just one creepo guy. No big.

But it wasn’t just him. Other customers stared as she made her way to an empty booth. One by one they looked up at the television screen high on the wall, then back to her, comparing images.

Ah, crap.

There, courtesy of CNN, was last night’s disaster in glorious color: flames pouring out of the roof of the Tabernacle as demons ran everywhere. And there she was, illuminated by the raging fire, kneeling on the pavement near her injured boyfriend. She was crying, holding Simon in her arms. It was the moment she knew he was dying.

Oh, God. I can’t handle this.

The saucer in Riley’s hand began to quake, dislodging more of the hot chocolate. It’d been bad enough to live through that horror, but now it was all over the television in full and unflinching detail.

She paused near a booth as a picture of Simon appeared on the screen. It must have been his high school graduation photo, since his white-blond hair was shorter and his expression stone serious. He was usually that way except when they were hanging together; then he’d let his guard down, especially when they were kissing.

Riley closed her eyes recalling the time they’d spent together before the meeting. They’d kissed, and he’d admitted how much he cared for her. Then a demon had tried to kill him.

Riley sank into the booth and inhaled the rich scent of the hot chocolate, using it to push the bad memories away. The effort failed, though it never had in the past. Instead, her mind dutifully conjured up the image of her boyfriend in his hospital bed, tubes everywhere, his face as white as the sheets.

Simon meant so much to her. He’d been a quiet, comforting presence after her father’s death. Losing him so soon after her dad was unthinkable and Heaven had known that. What else could she do but agree to their terms: Simon’s life in trade for Riley owing Heaven a favor. A Really Big Favor. Like stopping Armageddon in its tracks.

“Why me?” Riley muttered. “Why not someone else? Why not Simon?”

He was religious, followed all the rules. He’d be the perfect guy to keep the world from ending. They could have made the deal with him when he was injured.

Instead they chose me.

To Riley’s annoyance, the hot chocolate had cooled beyond what was acceptable drinking temperature, but she sipped it anyway. She kept her eyes riveted on the cup’s contents, away from the television screen. Someone scraped a chair across the floor to sit at a table, and Riley jumped at the sound, half expecting a horde of demons to pour through the front door at any moment.

The cup trembled in her hands, reminding her how close she skated near the edge. Too much had hit her in a short period of time. Too much more and she wouldn’t cope.

I have to find my dad. That she could do. Maybe. Still, it was something she could focus on. It was unlikely his body was buried under the rubble at the Tabernacle, not when a necromancer went to all the effort to summon him from his grave. That’s what necros did: they reanimated corpses and sold them to rich people as unpaid servants. By now someone would be lining up to buy Master Trapper Paul Blackthorne, if he hadn’t been sold already.

What is it like to be dead and walking around like you’re still alive? Besides the creep factor, it had to be truly weird. Did her dad remember dying? Did he remember the funeral and being buried? Spiky cold zipped down Riley’s spine. She had to get her head in the game.

I’ll find him. I’ll get him back in the ground, and that’ll be the end of it.

Her eyes wandered back to the television. A different reporter was doing a play-by-play of last night’s horror. He had it mostly right—the local Trappers Guild had held a meeting at the Tabernacle in downtown Atlanta, just like they always did. In the middle of the meeting the demons had arrived. Then it got bad.

“Eyewitnesses say that at least two different kinds of Hellspawn were involved in the attack and that the trappers were quickly overwhelmed,” the reporter said.

Three different kinds, but who’s counting?

Riley frowned. The trappers hadn’t been overwhelmed. Well, not completely. They’d even managed to kill a few of the things.

When she went to pick up the cup of hot chocolate, her hands were still shaking. They’d been that way since last night and nothing she did made them stop. She downed the liquid in small sips, knowing people were watching her, talking among themselves. Someone took a picture of her with his cell phone.

Ah, jeez.

In the background, she could still hear the reporter on CNN. “A number of the trappers escaped the inferno and were immediately set upon by a higher-level fiend.”

The higher-level fiend had been a Grade Five demon who’d opened up deep holes in the ground, spun off mini tornadoes, and caused the earth to shake. All in an effort to take out one trapper.


If it hadn’t been for Ori, a freelance demon hunter, the Five would have killed her just like it had her dad.

“We have interviewed eyewitnesses who claim they saw angels last night,” the reporter continued. “We’ve had Doctor Osbourne, a professor of religious studies at UC Santa Barbara, review the videos. He’s with us here today, via satellite.” A solemn gray-haired man appeared on the screen. “What’s your take on this amazing event, Doctor?”

“I’ve watched the videos, and all that is visible is a circle of incredibly bright light that surrounds the demon trappers. I have colleagues in Atlanta who’ve claimed to see angels in your city. They appeared throughout the Bible to Abraham, to Jacob. Sodom and Gomorrah rated two of them. In this case, they were actively protecting the trappers from Hellspawn. I’d say that’s biblically significant.”

Tell me about it.

Riley dug in her messenger bag, retrieved a pen, and began a list on a crisp white napkin.

Find Dad

Bust Holy Water Scam

Save the World

Buy Groceries

Do Laundry

As she saw it, if number three on the list didn’t work out, the last two weren’t going to be an issue.


Copyright © 2011 by Jana Oliver

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Soul Thief (Demon Trappers Series) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 88 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I definitely recommend this book. Was an easy read and pulled me in from the beginning. I can't wait for the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jana Oliver certainly didn't disappoint in the second book of this wonderful series! This book is a must read and just as good as the first. It will have on the edge of your seat and wanting it to never end!
Sapphyria More than 1 year ago
Another masterpiece! Jana Oliver's writing style is simply enchanting. The story draws you in and is relentless in its pursuit to keep you enthralled all the way to the very last word.. When I picked up Soul Thief I had a very hard time having to put it down (I managed to suffer through that) and was able to read the book in about 3 days.Which isn't bad considering I work 40+ hours a week, attend college, and have a family/home to take care of. SPOILER ALERT FROM BOOK 1: When we last read of Atlanta in The Demon Trapper's Daugher, Book 1 (See review HERE), a meeting of the Trapper's Guild had just gotten underway when the reanimate corpse of Paul Blackthorne, Riley's father, busted in to the Tabernacle to warn them of danger. They were complete overrun by demons and many lives were lost and bodies injured, including Simon, Riley's boyfriend. In order to save Simon, Riley made a "deal" with one of the angels. Now, we learn that the city has decided to allow hunters from the Vatican come in and clean up what they feel the Trappers are unable to do. Riley is still being pursued by debt collectors who want her father's reanimated corpse in trade for the money owed. She is also being watched/protected by Ori, who wants nothing else but to slay the Grade 5 demon that killed Paul Blackthorne and attempted to extinguish Riley life at the Tabernacle massacre.except to maybe get Riley into his bed too-but Ori, as hot as he is, has his own agenda, secrets, and a boss that, when revealed, will certainly cause turmoil within you. Through this, Riley and Simon start having issues when "someone" keeps insinuating to Simon that Riley sold her soul to the Devil and is now working on the wrong side of the game. Riley is still trying to find her father and the necro that raised him. And then there's Beck.awesome, sweet, hotter than Hades, Beck. We finally get to see the softer side of Beck; the Beck that would do anything for hot-headed Riley-and not just because he promised Paul.there are some embers burning within him and I hope we get to explore them in Book 3.
reginamay More than 1 year ago
So excited !
Anonymous 11 days ago
If you haven't read this series... START RIGHT NOW!!!!
millett23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Loved the first book, loved the 2nd. I love Riley!! I love where these books are taking me. I couldn't put it down!!! I read the whole thing today!! Can't wait for the 3rd book to come out.
Bookswithbite on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
How can I express how much this book filled me with great happiness? It gave me so many more answer yet it gave me so much more to look forward to! What I liked most about this book is the plot line. Paced perfectly, the reader follows Riley as it picks up right where it left on, in the first book The Demon Trappers Daughter. I loved watching the plot unfold top more secrets, fights and Riley fighting for her place in the world. It's great reading about Riley as she begins to piece together her father's murder. I loved watching Riley grow up. Faced with some uncompromisable positions, Riley must fight. Fight for a love that has burns for her for years, fight for her positions as a demon trapper, and fight for her friends. At times, I felt exhausted for Riley. But I am glad that she is not only stubborn, but refused to back down. What got me about this book is the love interest. It is so complicated yet simple. I can see it flashing before my eyes, but other obstacles get in the way. I loved that this love is enduring yet passionate. I adored that Ms. Oliver gave the reader such a great description of what is happening. I love being put right into the story, and going along with the characters as they go through their journey. Soul Thief is what the title is. A thief taking things left and right from Riley. Giving her no chance but to fight for what is hers.Written darkly passionate, Ms. Oliver once again gave me a story that not only gripped the readers, but gave them so much more than expected. *implied sex/cursing*
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved The Demon Trapper's Daughter and was excited to read the second book in the series. It was a wonderful read, I really enjoyed it. I love the world and the characters, there is just so much going on in this book.Riley is recovering from the battle at the Tabernacle. The Trapper's are hanging on by a thread, many of them are injured or dead and the level 5 geo fiend is still at large. Riley's boyfriend Simon is just barely alive. Now Riley has to contend with the mysterious Ori who has decided to be her body guard and her overprotective kind of brother Beck. While juggling all these guys she also has to find out who reanimated her dad, where the counterfeit holy water is from, and track down a level 5 Geo Fiend. To make matters worse the Vatican has decided to step in and now Demon Hunters are in Atlanta trying to make the Trapper's look bad and take over the city.There is a lot going on in this book. Riley is dealing with a ton of different things all at once. I loved that we got to spend more time with Ori, he was a mysterious presence in the last book and you get to see a lot more of him and his awesome fighting skills in this book. You also learn a lot more about Beck's past and why he acts the way he does around Riley.I felt bad for Riley she just never gets a break in this book; things keep getting worse and worse and she's hanging on by a thread. She has a great attitude about it all though and she is really a fighter; I enjoy her as a character and just wish she could get some good breaks once in a while.The story gets a lot bigger in this book too. Now there are angels and demons and it looks like Heaven and Hell might actually be waging war in Atlanta; I love the ambiguity around who is actually good and bad. Looks like Heaven isn't as good and Hell isn't as bad as you might expect. There is some great world building in this book. We learn more about the history behind both the demon trappers and the demon hunters. There is just a ton packed into this book and I enjoyed it all.Lots of great characters too. I totally sympthize with Riley and am intrigued by all of the interesting side characters. There are no boring characters in this book, even if they are just minor characters. We get to spend a lot more time with some side characters that were introduced in the first book; Riley spends time with both witches and necromancers in this story.I love Oliver's writing style. It is engaging, flows beautifully, and is so easy to read. I just absolutely love the way she writes and it makes the book a pleasure to read.This book wraps up nicely. Some major plot points are wrapped up well, but there are a lot of other plot points that are still dangling to be addressed in the third book, Forgiven (UK title) out in 2012.Overall I absolutely loved this book. I am loving this series, it is one of my favorite YA urban fantasy series right now. I love the detailed world-building, love the characters, and love the fast-paced plot. There is some wonderful action in here and some truly surprising plot turns. Fans of urban fantasy (both YA and adult alike) need to check this series out. I absolutely cannot wait to see what happens in Forgiven (Demon Trappers, #3).
BookAddictDiary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After thoroughly enjoying Demon Trapper's Daughter, I wasn't sure how the sequel could hold up. It's always difficult, but Jana Oliver did an excellent job of continuing the epic awesome of the first book while still building on the story in new and interesting ways. After the first book, Riley pledged herself to hell, her boyfriend Simon is seriously injured and her father's body has been taken from its grave. Riley finds herself in the middle of an Atlanta overrun by demons, and the infestation is so bad that the Vatican might step in, undermining the influence of the demon trappers. And it doesn't help when Riley gets involved with a mysterious freelance demon hunter named Ori, who has an agenda of his own.Soul Thief is an excellent "middle" book for a series. Instead of losing steam or seemingly dragging on without much being accomplished, Soul Thief throws everything readers thought they knew about Riley and her world out the window. The battle between Heaven and Hell -demon and angels -becomes more real here, the world grows into something believable and more lush -and most importantly, Riley's character continues to grow and develop, even in ways that I never expected. In fact, I was very pleasantly surprised to see Riley dealing with some very weighty, and very adult, issues here -though they are strong coming-of-age issues that many people deal with in their lives. By being bold enough to tackle these issues, Oliver brought Soul Thief to a wider audience than just teen readers, but adult readers who enjoy an honest coming-of-age story with a realistic main character with true flaws that only make her a more believable character.I was completely enthralled by Soul Thief. Not only is Riley and excellent character, but the ending of this book launched this series into an even more epic place that set the stage for an excellent third book. I'd warn some YA readers that they may night like the dark, grittier edginess that the Demon Trappers world offers, but I think it's excellent. More, please!
sszkutak on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I did not mind his book, it was a little difficult to get through since all the action happened at the end of the last book and then all the new action happened at the end of this frustrating. I think that Oliver took a few great twists in writing this one. I loved the characters and how they are like normal people and practically unpredictable.SPOILERS!!I like how the story line is proceeding and will be reading the next one, but I am a little perturbed by Riley. Is it just me or does she run through the boys in this story. She's angsty over Becks refusal over her from God knows when, she's in love with then hates Simon, and then she falls for Ori and SLEEPS WITH HIM!?? what? I am so upset by this sad situation.What I did not enjoy was Beck in this book, and I really liked him last time. I think that his jealously is getting a little out of hand and if he really cared about Riley there would not have been that ridiculous rant at her at the end of the book when he find out she slept with hell spawn. I hope that that little mouth off of his is rewarded in the next one when it turn out Justine is just using him .
bookczuk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The problem with middle books in a series is that they're a tease, they lead you on, and leave you begging for something for which you'll just have to wait. Soul Thief (Forbidden in the UK version) follows the action packed The Demon Trapper's Daughter (Forsaken in the UK edition), carrying the reader forward, but leaving you once more on the edge of a precipice waiting. Curse you, Jana Oliver (and I mean that in a most loving way.)While TDTD got the reader familiar with Atlanta of the future, and of Riley's time, it also saw Riley through the refining of her talents. The skills you need to trap demons apparently include brains, good fighting abilities, trust in your fellow trappers and lots of hot chocolate. Riley worked on those skills in the first book, while also overcoming some devastating personal losses. With Soul Thief, Oliver did something interesting; Riley's growth is more internal, more introspective, combined with some of the things that a seventeen year old would be expected to face as well. The action is packed in every bit as tightly, but it doesn't always involve the battles that were faced in Book 1. I imagine some readers might find this disappointing, but as Oliver also "grew" all her characters, the result is a more connected tale. The reader has been given glimpses into the private spots within Riley, Beck and some of the others. Good stuff here. If only we didn't have to wait 6 months to see how things work out.
seescootread on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Picking up immediately after the events of the first novel in Soul Thief we rejoin Riley Blackthorne as she struggles to cope with her ripped apart life. Riley has yet to learn the unintended consequences of her deal with heaven and she is on the hunt to find her father¿s body. Thrown on top of it all a Grade 5 demon is still trying to hunt her down and the men in her life are giving her all kinds of mixed ¿ or not so mixed ¿ signals. I loved The Demon Trapper¿s Daughter, so of course I was a little afraid that Soul Thief wouldn¿t live up the first novel. Rest assured; there is no reason to be wary! Soul Thief is a great book! The story once again managed to pull my heart strings in so many directions. I would be touched and pleased one moment, and betrayed or heartbroken the next. Characterization in the story is strong and no one seems shallow; each character has a history and depth. I especially enjoyed seeing smaller characters like Mort the necromancer from the first novel develop into stronger leads in this story. Riley continues to grow and mature as a person, but she isn¿t perfect. There were a couple of decisions that you just wanted to scream at her for, but when you consider things from her perspective you understood her choices. And Beck, oh Beck. He is flawed, but so genuine. If only Beck and Riley could communicate better I think most of their problems would be solved. I love that we have rotating perspectives throughout the story; the reader doesn¿t just see things through Riley¿s eyes, giving us a better overall idea picture of what is happening. The romantic elements felt genuine and seemed to follow their natural course; nothing felt forced. Ori, Simon, Peter, Beck... Riley just has so many men in her life it is a little hard to know what to do with them. I don¿t want to sway or spoil you by voicing my opinion, but let¿s just say that I am definitely on a team. There is one man who I think is the best for Riley, but we will just have to wait and see how things turn out as the story continues. The action was fast paced and the paranormal elements continued to be intriguing. If you enjoyed The Demon Trapper¿s Daughter you won¿t be disappointed with Soul Thief. Make sure to pick up a copy when it releases at the end of this month!
BrandisBookMusings on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ms. Oliver has done it again. Very few books about demon and the struggle between Heaven and Hell rival Soul Thief and The Demon Trapper¿s Daughter. Soul Thief continues the journey of Riley Blackthorne in her quest to find out what happened to her father and why demons are calling her by name. In the same manner as the previous book, Soul Thief does not do light and fluffy. It is gritty, harsh, and mesmerizing to the very end. Riley struggles even more in this book and so does Beck right along with her. Their relationship is brought out a little more in this installment, but not by much. This would probably be my one complaint. This really shouldn¿t be taken to heart though. I¿m sure Ms. Oliver knows where she is going with the story line and I put my full faith in her. The main thing that you take away from this story is that there isn¿t always a happy ending in real life. I even think that it says this somewhere in the book. In this light you have to admire Jana Oliver standing out from the crowd. Many times in YA paranormal books authors seem to have a hard time not ending with a happily ever after ending each time. Soul Thief as did The Demon Trapper¿s Daughter had violence, language, and sexuality in it. This wasn¿t just a titillating ploy by the author, but what I believe is an integral part to who the characters are and the overall plot. I enjoyed Soul Thief immensely and am eagerly awaiting the next installment in The Demon Trapper¿s Daughter series.
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It was nice reading something original for once.
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I cant wait to read the others. I think this series is original and refreshing. But its so cruel, i feel so bad for Riley and a liitle for Beck. Spoiler i wanted the Ori+Riley hookup even though i want her to end up with Beck. I thought it would go just right until he had to leave. I really thought he was a good guy. I was like yes, yes, yes when they were together. And then i was like why, why, why, and no, no, no. I was completely torn up by what happened so i feel so heartbroken for Riley. Its definentley a suprise/shocker (at least to me) for how it turned out.
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