Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: Pocket (August 24, 2010)
Main Characters: Malkom Slaine and Carrow Graie
Book #10 in Immortals After Dark series
Book Origin: received as a b-day prezzie from the author.
A dangerous demon she can't resist...
Malkom Slaine: tormented by his sordid past and racked by vampiric hungers, he's pushed to the brink by the green-eyed beauty under his guard.
A maddening witch he aches to claim...
Carrow Graie: hiding her own sorrows, she lives only for the next party or prank. Until she meets a tortured warrior worth saving.
Trapped together in a savage prison...
For them to survive, Malkom must unleash both the demon and vampire inside him. When he becomes the nightmare his own people feared, will he lose the woman he craves body and soul?
My Review: With DEMON FROM THE DARK Kresley Cole steers the overall plot arc to new heights and possibilities. From the moment I started reading this new IAD novel the story pulsated with the force of new threats and dangers, lots of recurring and new characters, and I was whisked away to the demon hell plane where a blooming romance just wow-ed me. I couldn’t get enough of the plot arc but the chemistry between Malkom and Carrow was absolutely the dream of any romance lover.
The reasons behind Carrows introduction to Malkom on his demonic hell plane aim for enough drama as is but I was temporarily completely absorbed by the off-the-chart magnetic pull between these two main characters. The language barrier created misunderstandings and the internal thoughts of both Carrow and Malkom were at times endearing, emanating anger or frustration but most of all it endeared me so. Especially Malkom’s. The time spend in Malkom’s cave, which actually encompassed quite a few chapters and about five or six days, was rife with an abundance of conflicting emotions. At one hand Carrow is determined to do what needs to be done and at the other hand Malkom mesmerizes and enamors her. Not only are Kresley Cole’s signature sensually charged scenes present, the bathing scene is toe curling good and Malkom’s kisses are definitely getting me hot and bothered, but there’s also room for their back story’s to unfold.
Carrow is a Witch and draws her power from happiness. She’s is known as a party-girl but besides her cheery, upbeat nature there is also a loneliness in her that was heart breaking at times. One of the things that made Carrow such a formidable character to read is that she gives as good as she gets. She has a quick-witted tongue, she can fight and can take a punch but in the presence of those she loves there is a wicked and softer side surfacing. She has backbone but also has her vulnerabilities and it turned her in to a great opponent for Malkom.
Malkom was without a doubt a male who just spoke to all my female wants and needs for a flawed hero. He was a blood slave turned commander, he takes the trust-issue to a whole other level and his past gives the heart wrenching reasons. I really was able to understand what drove him with his monologues due to the language barrier. His resilience, his willingness to discover, learn, open up bit by bit spoke of an inner strength and I fell for him just as hard as Carrow was. The sum of his personality traits wooed me at every turn and he is one of the reasons that make DEMON FROM THE DARK so special.
Of course the romance couldn’t remain all growing lovey-dovey as the plot came back full force that spun Malkom and Carrow’s world on their axes. The Ascension has reached another chapter with The Order and some of my favorite factions got hit hard, on a very personal level, and my anger rose with the characters at what was done. Lanthe, Regin, Uillean MacRieve, I love all these characters, the good ones and even the bad ones because together they shape a fascinating world where battles are fought, romance is worth everything and friendships are forged and treasured. The humor, especially coming from Lanthe, is present but toned down a bit for a somewhat grittier plot but the dialogues between all characters are crisp, acerbic at times and sizzle with their personalities.
With the plot and romance steaming full ahead there is a child character introduced who grabbed my attention as well, she’s a seven year old witch named Ruby. I always enjoyed the Witch faction but it also played second violin to the Valkyrie’s with all its beloved characters. I can tell you that with this entry Kresley Cole really let the Witches come in to play and I love the fact that each faction has its own strengths. The ending really ups the ante in terms of a recap of events, decisions are made and action will follow but I will have to wait for the next novel to discover how it will all play out.
With DEMON FROM THE DARK Kresley Cole does not only give me charismatic and unique characters whose personalities leap of the pages, or a fast-paced intriguing plot, or a powerful, seductive and sensual-laden romance. She does it all and fuses it with her strong and imaginative writing voice which just sucked me in and took me on a grand journey. I can only hope now that there is much more in store for us readers since this series has been a fantastic ride so far.
Quote Carrow and Lanthe:
As she looked down at Ruby, it struck Carrow yet again that she now had a responsibility. Someone depending solely on her. “You’re going to be good for Miss Lanthe, right?” “Miss Lanthe?” The sorceress repeated, her blue eyes gleaming dangerously. “Why don’t you just buy me a minivan, zip me into mom jeans, and shoot me in the face?”
His voice a deep rumble, he said, “Carrow is Malkom’s.”
Quote Carrow, later on in the story:
So beautiful. Her wild, lost male. How could this demon who’d known so much hurt and shame be so proud and good? She grazed the back of her fingers over his face, repeating his word, “Carrow is Malkom’s.”