The Duende And The Muse by Cate Masters
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short (27 pages)
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Orchid
Melinda the Muse's student isn't writing much these days. When Devon the duende shows up, is he there to steal her student, or her heart?
The Muse behind all creative artists is personified in this story.
Frustrated by her student’s inability to rev up his creative juices Melinda attends the MuseFest to try and find new ways to get him motivated. Whilst there she meets a duende, Devon, a creature who is a blend of charm, magic, inspiration, fire, magnetism—and demon. Duendes and Muses are a dangerous combination and it’s usually the Muse who gets hurt, but Melinda cannot help being drawn to this fascinating male.
She returns to work fired up with new ideas, but is horrified to discover Devon has been sent by the elders to help motivate her student. Caught between her attraction for Devon and the need to prove herself as a Muse, Melinda has to force the student to wake up to his potential.
A pleasant short story about the Muse who sits on all artists shoulders. At times Melinda seems naive while Devon is very much a dark, sexy character. The conflict comes with their different views on how to deal with Melinda’s student and this spills over into how Melinda feels about Devon.
The Duende and the Muse may be short, but it is well written and the story holds the attention from beginning to end. I found Melinda’s great aunts, Calliope and Euterpe, to be delightfully portrayed and would love to see a tale with them as the main characters.