It’s an original urban fantasy/high fantasy. Haven’t read it yet, just found out about its existence. I’m buying it as a thank you for much good reading over the years.
A Net of Dawn and Bones by C. Chancy.
Welcome to Intrepid, North Carolina. Where autumn brings leaf season, tourists, and bloody sacrifice.
Twenty years have passed since the Dark Day brought creatures of horror onto the evening news. Now vampires run nightclubs, alchemists deal potions on the street corners, and werewolf gangs lay claim to shady alleys. The honest cops of Intrepid enforce human laws on supernatural evil, and pray. Because the turn of the leaves brings Halloween, tourists… and the return of a serial killer who’s plagued Intrepid for over two decades.
Yet the night holds darker secrets than even the best detectives have unearthed. Somewhere in Intrepid, a demonic sorcerer plans to bring Hell on earth. And the Demongate is almost complete.
In the midst of a stakeout gone wrong, two mysterious wanderers drop into Detective Church’s life. Aidan, who moves like flames and holds secrets in his shadows… and Myrrh, a holy warrior born of ancient Alexandria. Enchantress. Heretic. Hell-raider.
Welcome to Intrepid.
Evil’s in for a hell of a night….
Vathara is best known as the author of massive crossover fics, as diverse as Airwolf, Stargate SG-1, Rurouni Kenshin, Star Wars, Sword Art Online, and Godzilla, and of the massive Avatar: The Last Airbender rewrite, “Embers.”
Apparently the starting point is theorizing that, if
damned souls weren’t frozen in an unrepentant state if demons and evil magic-users could drag people down to Hell without them getting there by God’s judgment, then it might would be possible to get souls out of Hell. So basically, it’s as if the Harrowing of Hell weren’t a one-time thing that rescued the patriarchs in the Bosom of Abraham and the righteous pagans; and that folks of goodwill were still stuck down in the better parts of Sheol, instead of going directly to Purgatory/Heaven. And then the book goes on from there.
Vathara says in her blurb that she wanted to write an urban fantasy where the heroine fought evil, and did not choose to go after the Sexier of Two Evils.
It seems to be somewhat inspired by some of the Buffy fic that Vathara was doing, but with the serial numbers totally transformed into completely different characters and storylines. Vathara says her 2013 NaNoWriMo book was the first draft.