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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Egyptian Demon’s Keeper by Ciar Cullen

The Egyptian Demon’s Keeper by Ciar Cullen
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Action/Adventure
Length: Short (64 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Holly

Love—it’s the real thing. And complicated as hell…

Archeologist Eliza Schneider assumes her meeting with an exotic stranger in the Egyptian desert was a heat-induced hallucination…until he materializes in New York. She has to give the tall, handsome Egyptian high marks for originality with his pick-up line: they’re fated to save the world together. The master/servant thing goes a long way toward sweeping her off her feet, but it’s easier to believe he’s just another in her long line of poor romantic choices.

Kasdeya, the Fifth Satan, waited eons for his Keeper to find her way to his tomb amongst the ancient ruins. He only has a limited time to convince Eliza that her role is critical to help defeat the loathsome Deumos, a female demon who has laid her claim to bearing his child—a child that will bring down mortals.

Trouble is, Eliza doesn’t even believe Kasdeya is real. If he can’t convince her he isn’t an illusion—and neither is their love—Deumos will win.

Eliza has always marched to the beat of a different drummer. He family all think she’s a bit insane: all except her grandma, who just said she was “born under an enchanted star” whenever her differences were brought up. Now she is in danger of dying in the desert after following her instincts about an old manuscript she discovered. When she discovers a gold ring peeking out of the sand, she pulls on it with all of her rapidly waning strength. The ring is actually part of the lid to a gold box, one containing a demon. An exceedingly handsome demon who claims Eliza is his Keeper, and they have a destiny: Eliza must accept Kasdeya as her “mate” and become The Egyptian Demon’s Keeper, or reject him, enabling Deumos to mate with him and bear the child that will destroy the world as we know it. To complicate matters, Eliza believes Kasdeya and all that accompanies him is a massive hallucination brought on by the heat. Can Kasdeya convince Eliza of the truth, and gain her acceptance? Will they be able to defeat the evil plans of Deumos, and save the world? And will Eliza ever find out who, or what, her real father was?

Ciar Cullen has created a marvelous adventure, with a delicious hero and a strong heroine in Kasdeya and Eliza. The interaction between the two, when Eliza thinks he’s a figment of her heat stroke is hilarious. The gradual acceptance that she is not insane, and that she has a destiny far beyond what she expected is a delight to read. When Kasdeya say to her that she was “born under an enchanted star”, it brings back the words of Eliza’s grandma, and goes a ways toward convincing her of her destiny.

There are several very hot romantic scenes between Eliza and Kasdeya, she comes to love him and chooses to be what she is fated to be. I loved the way Ms. Cullen lead Eliza slowly but surely ahead to become The Egyptian Demon’s Keeper, with all that the position entails. This is an entertaining book, and I recommend it to anyone who loves to see good triumph over evil, and love conquer all.