The Judas Relic: An Evangeline Heart Holiday Adventure by A. K. Alexander & Jen Greyson
Illustrated by: N/A
Series: Evangeline Heart Adventures #1.5
Published: D’Vine Press, December 2014
Print Length: 121 pages
Narrated By: N/A
Genre: Thriller, Short Story, Adventure, Mystery
Where Did I Get It? I kindly received a copy from the authors in return for an honest review.
Blurb: Professional assassin Evangeline (Lina) Heart is back in this holiday short story in her quest to discover the next relic she needs to unlock the gates of Hell and release her fiancé’s soul. Who she doesn’t expect to get in her way (yet, once again) is her new sidekick, thief for hire to the wealthy and eclectic, Clay Wellers.
As Clay enlists Lina in what at first appears to be a simple heist of a famous painting, they encounter more than they bargained for. They soon discover that this holiday season things are about to take an unexpected turn.
Easiest fence this month. Clay Wellers clicked the briefcase closed and nodded curtly to the jeweler, Mr. Gordon Schmaltz.
My Review: I picked up The Judas Relic having not read the first book in the series, The Archangel Agenda, but luckily it didn’t matter as this short story worked perfectly as a stand-alone.
I really liked the two main characters, Clay and Lina (Evangeline). They were almost opposites but complimented each other really nicely, making the storyline feel really solid through their growing friendship.
The Judas Relic throws you straight in to Clay planning a heist to steal a famous painting but he is uneasy about it right from the start – filling you with trepidation even before anything really goes wrong. There are plenty of laughs along the way though as Clay and Lina bounce off each other as they figure their way through the plan. I really enjoyed their relationship together and even though it was just a short story, I was invested in their friendship and wanted to know more by the end of it.
The storyline is fast-paced and full of just enough hints at the last novel and the next novel to leave you itching to pick them up. The Judas Relic is also laced with festive cheer which made it a great Christmas read and left you on a real feel-good note. I can’t wait to get my hands on the other novels and read more about Evangeline and Clay’s adventures.
My Rating: 4/5*