For the holiday, I want to tell you about a series that’s one part Monster Hunters International, one part Supernatural, and one part Buffy the Vampire Slayer. This is the tale of Sonya Fletcher, whose origins are shrouded in lies and whose gifts fit her for witchcraft, assassination, monster-slaying, and ass-kicking. In an era that rubs its knuckles endlessly about having “strong” female characters, Butler has given us a protagonist who is flawed, dangerous, vulnerable, powerful, possibly unhinged–and impossible to walk away from.
Since this is a series and some or all of you will not have started these books, description of plot is delicate. Let me say that Sonja’s tale begins with her efforts to unravel the truth about her mother, and transitions to her uncomfortable participation in a team of monster hunters — along with a dubious ally vampire, whose presence she conceals from her fellow hunters and who involves her in turn in the brutal power plays of vampire politics. Before long it is clear that more than one person lives within Sonja (spoiler! sorry!) and that those individuals may have very different roles in the coming apocalypse.
S.A. Butler has chosen to publish this books in ebooks and in paperbacks that collect the stories two to a volume. In order, the adventures so far are: The Hunt Begins, The Witch and the Leech, The Vampire Lord, and Death Descends.
If you can catch Butler at a convention, you may be lucky enough to get one of her trademark toe-tag bookmarks. Regardless, you should get these books and read them, because Sonya Fletcher kicks ass!