Wraith has been poisoned and is dying, slowly. Underworld General is literally crumbling and falling apart bit by bit. Staff is deserting the hospital. And, as war between human and demonkind looms, the apocalypse seems a tangible reality.
Eidolon and Shade try to find an antidote for Wraith and discover the only cure is for him to procure a charm from Serena, a beautiful, sweet archaeologist who has a zest for life. I loved this heroine, while she has lead a “charmed life” as it were, and you will understand my meaning if you read the book, she is independent and curious about all things historical. She goes to almost any lengths to recover a relic, almost like a Lara Croft type of character, except Serena is a virgin and must remain so or lose her health.
There is extraordinary irony in the love story between Wraith and Serena because he, as you know if you have read the series thus far, has always done what he wants, uncaring about the consequences of his actions on others. Wraith is a selfish, hedonist demon with a death wish, however I’ve always liked him. Why? He is funny, cocky, brutally honest (most of the time - lol), he is an amazing warrior and he does have a certain code that he lives by with respect to satisfying his sexual needs. Wraith never has sex with human or vampire women because of a horrific past that is really fleshed out in this story.
So, the irony you see is that the woman who holds the cure for Wraith’s affliction is human and a virgin, and he must seduce her to take the charm that will save his life. Their romance is one of the more bittersweet stories I’ve read and while rest assured they do have their HEA, I wept for them on more than one occasion. As is the way with the seminus demons in Larissa’s novels, Wraith falls hard and for the first time in his life he is forced to come to terms with deep feelings for another. The erotic scenes penned between Serena and Wraith are boiling hot, but also tender and sensuous, ladies, get ready!
The backdrop to their love story, as I mentioned above is complex, but the metamorphosis of Wraith’s character is deeply embedded into an absolutely riveting story that will leave readers hyperventilating until the closing pages.
If you thought the antagonist of Shade’s story was a malevolent scary creature, wait until you read the one written for Wraith’s. This creature is an unequivocal hells spawn whose goal is the total destruction of earth. The graphic imagery and prose written surrounding the final battle between the Aegis army and demons took me right into the thick of the fray.
Gem and Kynan’s story continues to be a roller coaster ride. Their angst and heartache also brought me to tears. I will say Kynan’s future is tied to a prophecy referenced in the “Daemonica” tome that will surprise you.
Reaver’s character is also fully developed and he plays an integral part in the plotline and final battle.
Larissa Ione has cleverly introduced a new and very interesting character to the storyline who is given a pivotal role in one of the subplots of Wraith’s book. I’m sure this character will be the hero of the fourth Demonica novel, and we will again have the story of another tortured hero to look forward too.
I’ve given a great deal of thought to this series over the past couple of days. What makes it so special for me? What keeps me engaged? Why am I literally addicted? As with any series there is not a singular reason, but I think it is that the heroes are so tortured that when they find their HEA it is that much more satisfying. Secondly, these characters are so unique and well developed; you cannot help but become invested in them as a reader. Then there is the humor, OMG, the dialogue that comes out of Wraith's mouth especially had me cackling with laughter! And lastly, from my perspective, the Demonica world becomes more amazing with each story and Ms. Ione is expanding it with just the right amount of momentum. The other issue is that these books, at around 400 pages are good hearty reads, which allows for a wonderful in-depth storyline.
I have to comment that I think reading these stories in order is a must, because the plots do interconnect, each book builds on the previous.
Thankfully Larissa Ione has been contracted to write two more novels but it is going to be another long wait because they are due out in 2010.
The Demonica novels I’m sure will be my favorite series of 2009.