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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Demon’s Fall by Karalynn Lee

Demon’s Fall by Karalynn Lee
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (75 pgs)
Heat Level: sensual
Rating: 5 books
Reviewed by Water Lily

She was an angel at the gates of Hell.

When Kenan, an incubus, finds a caged angel for sale in the Hellsgate marketplace, he sees her as a challenge. Certain that his skills in seduction will work as well on a heavenly creature as they do on mortal women, he buys Jahel, intent on having her soul as a novelty in his collection.

Knowing he must gain Jahel's trust if she is to come to his bed willingly, Kenan treats her more as his guest than as his slave. When she reveals what brought her to the mouth of Hell in the first place—retrieving the soul of a young girl she was guarding—he even offers to help her complete her mission.

Though he has promised Jahel freedom, Kenan soon realizes she has captured his heart instead. And as their passion for one another grows, they find themselves caught in a struggle between Heaven and Hell, one that will lead them to the very edge of the apocalypse...

This book had me from the first line, “The merchant had trapped the angel in a cage so small she was forced to wrap her wings around herself.” A caged angel sold to a demon. Talk about tension. The incubus, Kenan, obviously wants to corrupt the angel, Jahel. Will she fall? Can she possibly redeem him? Will she even try? And what is she doing in Hellsgate to begin with?

The story isn’t just a love story between polar opposites. It isn’t just about good vs. evil. It’s about expectations, traditional rolls and honor, and what they mean to angels, to demons, and between angels and demons. Ms. Lee packs quite a punch in this short story. Demon’s Fall even delves into why certain members of Good and Evil want souls and how different factions in Heaven and Hell view the Apocalypse. Good stuff.

The way Good and Evil are presented in Demon’s Fall reminds me, in a really good way, of Piers Anthony’s Incarnation of Immortality series. I loved that series, and I loved this short story. So, of course, I Googled Ms. Lee. She has other books and a couple of free reads on her website that I’ll be checking out. You should, too.