The Descent Series, Books 1-3: Death's Hand, The Darkest Gate, and Dark Union (The Descent Series, #1) - SM Reine

The Descent Series, Books 1-3: Death's Hand, The Darkest Gate, and Dark Union (The Descent Series, #1)

By SM Reine

  • Release Date: 2014-03-01
  • Genre: Contemporary
Score: 4.5
From 1,057 Ratings


This is a collection of the first three titles in The Descent Series, which are gritty urban fantasy books about an exorcist, a witch, and their battles against the forces of Heaven and Hell. (Approx. 200,000 words total.)

Books included:
1. Death's Hand
2. The Darkest Gate
3. Dark Union

Elise Kavanagh doesn't want to hunt demons anymore. It's been five years since she killed her last enemy, and life has been quiet since then. She went to college. Got a job, and then lost it. Made a friend or two. Lived a normal life. Now her former partner, a powerful witch named James Faulkner, wants Elise to fight one more time. The daughter of a coven member has been possessed, and Elise is the only exorcist nearby.

Becoming a hero again would mean risking discovery by old enemies. But digging into the case reveals that it might already be too late--bodies are disappearing, demons slither through the night, and the cogs of apocalypse are beginning to turn. Some enemies aren't willing to let the secrets of the past stay dead...

When Elise Kavanagh retired from demon hunting, she swore it would be permanent. But an attack from a powerful necromancer forced her back into the business, and now she's trying to balance her normal boyfriend and normal job with everything supernatural.

Mr. Black is a demon hunter gone rogue. He's enslaving angels and stealing ethereal artifacts in pursuit of forbidden immortality, and an old grudge drives him to make his final stand in Elise's territory. Destroying her life and killing her friends isn't the goal, but it's a definite perk.

A demonic overlord offers to join against Mr. Black and protect Elise's loved ones. All she needs to do is ally with the demons she's sworn to kill, at the cost of her morals--and maybe her immortal soul. But once she crosses that line, there's no turning back.

Nothing is sacred when Heaven and Hell collide on Earth...

Every fifty years, the most powerful ethereal and infernal beings convene on Earth to resolve conflicts with mediation by kopides--humans born to police relations between Heaven and Hell. They're meeting in Elise Kavanagh's territory this year, and she used to be the greatest kopis in the world. But she's not invited.

An old friend, Lucas McIntyre, asks her to attend the summit in his place. But when she arrives, she discovers that a human faction called The Union has taken charge of the summit, and they're not playing nice. Worse yet, someone has killed a prominent Union member... and now they're demanding blood.


  • A must-read for this genre.

    By Buttnutz
    Every one of SM Reine's books I've read - and I've read over 30 of them - are very high-quality entertainment. She has an ability to create characters with very real viewpoints and to make those viewpoints totally unique to each of them. Depending on the character you're following, the book takes on a whole different feel. There is romance, action and plenty of crass, witty, contemporary humor. She's a very talented writer.
  • Love, love, love.....

    By KeauntaD
    Everything is awesome. Like literally, this series had me up for days reading nonstop.
  • The Descent Series Books

    By Buff an
    Good read.
  • Vocab

    By rrutherford
    Ms.Reine is obviously a highly intelligent, talented story teller with an extremely gifted imagination and an impressive ability to bring together complex plots to make a truly outstanding masterwork. Although I realize that sometimes profanity is necessary in order to depict certain characters, the number of f-bombs that are used is truly distracting and unnecessary. I wish she would make more use of her obvious vocab abilities and not rely so much on profanity to obtain character development.
  • Addicted!

    By Burks99645
    I wasn't sure when I first read the description wether or not I was going to like these books, but now I am so addicted. Looking forward to reading the rest and would love to see this put into a movie series as long as it was done on the same fashion as the books, not all distorted he way they tear apart some books. 💜💜💜💜💜
  • Lesley

    By Itto805
    These are amazing.
  • E&J Team!

    By Lileelawson
    Elise and James are the best! Fan for life right here.
  • Excellent series

    By Markie's Toolbox
    Really fun read so far! Looking forward to the next several books. I have enjoyed the characters, the story, just everything about it. SM Reine writes in a way that is reminiscent of Jim Butcher's style. There are similarities to the wonderfully entertaining Dresden Files series while still being original. Loved the first three books.
  • This series

    By robbyh21
    OMG this book series needs more recognition, this could easily be the next wildly popular book series... And if that ever happens... Jane Levy should be Elise in a movie!!!!!!!!
  • Wow!!

    By Chemist99
    I'm not much of a reader, so for me to give 5stars is a big deal. I loved this book from the beginning. Not a linear read. You jump back and forth in time, but it all weaves together. Can't wait to read more in the series.