Thursday, July 1, 2010
This was a good book. Larissa Ione has done a good job of creating an alter world of demons that move about humans undetected for the most part. They come and go from their world into ours through passages called Harrowgates. There are different species of demons and she's trying to show that like humans, not all demons are bad or evil.
Tayla is an Aegis Guardian. This is a group of warriors if you will, that hunt and kill the demons so that humans are protected. In a fight with one of the bad demons, she is brought to a demon hostpital-Underworld General where the head Doc and hospital founder is Eidolon, a gorgeous Seminus Demon who exudes hunky sex appeal. There are vamps and shifters that work in the hospital as well. Eidolon's 2 brothers, Shade, a paramedic, and Wraith, a vamp with mucho issues is sort of a gopher that is kept there so he stays out of trouble, or tries to anyway. The 3 are half brothers with different mom's, and are close for the most part. When Tayla is brought in all want her done away with since she is a slayer. Eidolon doesn't allow that to take place.
The story progresses with Tayla learning that the demon world is not so black and white, there is plenty of gray. Never mind the issues she carries with her from her childhood. Of course she is immensely attracted to Eidolon, and he to her. We travel through their trying times, and the matters that keep coming between them. The love scenes are not over the top, nor raunchy and uncomfortable, just enough to put a nice smile on your face ;)
Ione takes us through learning some of the characters backgrounds, doesn't drag it down with unnecessary descriptions of her world which is fantastic. I had a bit of a problem with Dead Witch Walking, #1 in the Hollow Series due to that. She makes it abundantly clear that there will be another book, but you aren't left dying in suspense, phew!!
I recommend this book and will read the rest in the series as well, I'll give it 3 1/2 cannolis ; )