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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Angel's Fire, Demon's Blood by Tamela Quijas

Angel's Fire, Demon's Blood by Tamela Quijas
Publisher: Wild Horse Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Length: Full Length (343 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 3 Books
Review by Heather

Lucien D' Angel is a celebrated paranormal detective with a lucrative television show and numerous best selling books pertaining to the world that may exist beyond the human experience. He's managed to keep the proverbial low profile over the decades and has purposely stayed out of the public eye, due to a secret that he harbors. His life was perfect. Low keyed, private (except for the television shows) and orderly.

That was, until Evangeline Keegan enters his life and disrupts the perfect facade that he had erected over the centuries.

A tale of two brothers and the curse that binds and divides them…

This is a true fairytale of evil redeemed to good. It has prophecies, almost immortal beings, and damned souls. It also has a heroine who doesn’t believe a word of it. Eva Keyes thinks the paranormal is a bunch of hooey. Lucien D’Angel is the creator of the TV “reality” show Those Among Us, which explores or exploits the paranormal, depending on your take on such things. Eva thinks he’s a great big fraud, and is determined to prove it. Lucien’s waited almost 400 years for the woman of the prophecy to set his soul at rest. He believes Eva is that woman, and that she must kill him. Eva’s denial in the face of overwhelming evidence, including the ghostly visage of her long-dead brother following her around, is almost comical. Almost.

This is a long book in need of tightening. The fairytale verbage, the use of passive verbs, and the telling make for a slow read. The descriptions are luminous, but pages of Lucien standing in the rain contemplating what it feels like on his skin made me skim. Entire pages. The author knows her characters intimately, but for the first time in a while I found myself wishing for less internalization and more action, dialogue…something to keep the story moving. I started looking for quotation marks. Some serious pruning, a hard word search for “was” and “had” and this book could be stellar.

I love a good fairytale. This book has almost everything going for it. The telling is strangely hypnotic and I really liked Eva and Lucien. When Eva and Lucien butt heads, the interchanges are pure magic. But it takes a long time to get there. Once it did, the magic of their first kiss was pure poetry. Despite the above named issues, I really did love this book.