Thursday, December 13, 2012

Review: King of the Damned by Juliana Stone

Book Description:

Azaiel, the Fallen, has been given a second chance to atone for the sins of his past. With demons gathering and threatening the League, he must find out if their circle has been breached. What he doesn't foresee is a woman--a fierce warrior--who will turn his world upside down and awaken his tortured soul.

Rowan James is a powerful witch out to avenge the death of her beloved grandmother, but she needs an ally. Will she be able to trust a man with secrets as dark as the sorrow in his eyes? Loving Rowan means risking salvation and yet Azaiel cannot ignore the hunger burning hot between them--his one last chance at happiness. With danger all around them, will these two desperate souls finally find love in each other . . .or be forever damned?


What do you call that middle ground between romance and urban fantasy? I'm never sure, but King of the Damned is an excellent blend of both, having elements of both genres and successfully mixing the pacing and action of UF while tapping into the emotions of romance. Azaiel and Rowan are an incredibly intense couple, sizzling with sexual chemistry.

At the beginning Azaiel seemed defined by the sins of his past, punished and betrayed by the one he thought to love. Eventually he understands that his feelings were based off obsession and lust, having little to do with love. Rowan has spent her life running from a powerful demon curse that has plagued her family for generations, and keeps everyone at arms length, her feelings tightly locked away behind a wall of cynicism and hate. Rowan has serious mommy issues, all understandable, but sometimes her abrasive attitude...well, it just sucked and made liking her difficult. Her heart was so hardened that it seemed like she would never be able to forgive and move on. 

Kellan and the rest of the coven were a motley group, all very individual and unique. I would like to read more about the League of Guardians and learn all their secrets. The inclusion of bands that influenced Mrs. Stone's writing process was also very cool, and cooler still was the fact that she had her characters talk music too!

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Wrong Side of Hell (prequel)
Wicked Road to Hell (book 1)
To Hell and Back (novella)

*reviewed by Anna Dougherty
*This was sent via the publisher for review

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