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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Key of Solomon by Cassiel Knight

Key of Solomon by Cassiel Knight
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure. Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (209 pgs)
Heat Level: sensual
Rating: 5 books
Reviewed by Aloe

Trust no one…except the one who walks in the dark.

Relic Defender, Book 1

Anthropology PhD candidate Lexi Harrison never bares it all when she belly dances for a strip club crowd. She doesn’t have to—she’s that good. Every performance earns money toward her degree, and restores the sense of power that her painful childhood ripped away.

Something is different about tonight. A man whose silver gaze seems to touch her skin beneath her veils. When a rowdy customer crosses the line, he comes to her rescue with the speed of a falcon—complete with wings.

Mikos Tyomni has never seen anyone dance the raqs sharqi like Lexi. Trust his tormentor, Archangel Michael, to put him in close contact with the cause of his downfall: a mortal woman. Particularly this mortal woman. The Defender. He has only thirty days to win her trust before Hell’s deadliest demons attempt the mother of all prison breaks.

No matter how sexy the messenger is, Lexi’s career plans don’t include some crazy idea that she’s the last line of defense against the forces of evil. Until her university mentor’s murder leaves her holding the key to Hell. And fighting a losing battle against a passion with the unholy power to bring down Heaven…

Mix together a belly dancer, a fallen angel, some demons, and a rock that can change shapes and you get a really good story…

This author has created a really good fantasy novel with magical characters and complex personalities. I kept turning pages to see who was going to show up next, and Ms. Knight didn’t disappoint me.

She has developed a story containing fast action, danger and angels and demons all going after an old relic that the main female character, Lexi, thinks is unimportant. Ms. Knight’s main male character is a fallen angel, Mikos, trying to protect Lexi. This is no small task since the demon after the relic is extremely powerful and uses his minions to help in the matter. If I haven’t caught your attention yet, please note the demon wants this relic to make a big time jail break and take over hell…

The two main characters are attracted to each other, but are also very opinionated. Lexi can also kick butt herself so there’s some conflict there. The banter between them is fun, and Lexi has more brains than any of the otherworldly characters imagined. There are varying rules and powers for each type of magical being, which makes it a more interesting read for me.

The story moves fast, has lots of twists and turns and subplots, and there are no flat places in the story. I ended up reading it all in one night because I “had” to see how it ended. I read a lot, so it’s a tribute to the author that her writing could keep me glued to her story.

This is the first book in this series, and I’ll be watching for the next one to come out. I’d love to see Lexi and Mikos in action again. If it moves to new characters, I’m sure Ms. Knight will keep the action going and make it a great, too.