Monday, December 17, 2012

Review: Demon's Curse by Alexa Egan

Book description:

Book #1 January 2013

The first book in The Imnada Brotherhood:

A rising star on the Covent Garden stage, Bianca Parrino believes she has everything she wants. Independence. Wealth. And a life finally free of her violent, abusive husband. But when her close friend, Adam, is murdered and Bianca is suspected in his death, she is unwittingly drawn into the search for his killer and soon must question everything she believes—about her friend, about herself, and about a world she never knew existed.
A member of the mysterious race of shape-shifting Imnada and part of an elite military unit, Captain Mac Flannery gathered intelligence during the Napoleonic wars. As a result of a savage massacre, Mac and the men he served with are cursed. Now one of them has been found murdered, and Mac suspects the existence of the Imnada has been discovered at last. His only link to unearthing the truth is the beautiful actress who turns up unexpectedly at Adam’s funeral.

Before long, Mac has more to contend with than Bianca’s overt mistrust, his ill-fated attraction to the haughty and beautiful actress, and his ongoing search for an end to the curse. Because Adam’s killer is back, and Mac is next on his list.


Again, I have the dilemma of discussing a superior debut novel, this time by author Alexa Egan, and there's only so many adjectives to use before it sounds like I'm gushing like a total fangirl (not altogether a bad thing) instead of objectively reviewing? Straight off, I'd say Demon's Curse is riveting with a one-of-kind mythology that is unlike any shapeshifter book I've read, with a delicious romance that defies the odds and tugged at my heart strings.

Max Flannery is Imnada, a powerful race of shapeshifters that once betrayed King Arthur and were subsequently purged from existence by the fey-blooded, with any survivors left to live in the shadows for fear of being hunted. During the battle of Waterloo, Max and his friends, Adam, Gray, and David, all shifters working for the military, killed a mysterious traitor that was also fey-blooded and were then cursed with his dying breath into forcibly changing form each night as the sun set. This curse also caused them to be forever banned from their clans. Now, the daughter of the slain fey wants revenge and she is a powerful force to be reckoned with, tainted with her need to kill. She's already succeeded in murdering Adam and has turned her attention to Mac.

When Mac learns of Adam's death he vows to discover the truth, which is how he meets actress Bianca Parrino, the beautiful woman rumored to have been Adam's mistress. Most of London believe she is a skilled actress, nothing more than a common harlot, and that she killed Adam to make room for another lover. Mac doesn't trust her, Bianca doesn't trust Mac, but they must work together to find the real killer.

I loved everything about this book! The use of Arthurian myth was unique and well planned, the setting of Regency England was impeccably described, the conflict wasn't rushed or overly drawn out, and the romance was beautiful and very hot. I confess to being a little in love with Mac. Once I finished reading I jumped online because I was dying to know more, and was thrilled to see a novella (list title) available. This will be only the fourth book I've purchased in the last 6 months or so, but I just had to have it. I'm crossing my fingers like mad that another book will follow Demon's Curse, sooner rather than later because I can't wait to see what happens with Gray and David, plus I want to see how some of the subplots get resolved, especially with Jaime.

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1 comment:

albert einstein said...

very interesting book to read ... I can not wait to have the book/...