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Book pick: ‘Demon from the Dark’ continues wicked fun in Kresley Cole series September 5, 2010

Posted by Diana McCabe in Reviews/summaries.
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The best thing about Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series: The wicked sense of humor in all of the paranormal romance and lust and adventure.

And she continues that tradition in book No. 8 of the series (or 10 if you’re counting the novellas)  — DEMON FROM THE DARK, where we find out where the Lore are being taken.

Carrow Graie — a powerful witch, warrior and enchantress — has been captured by The Order, an evil group rounding up immortals to destroy them. Carrow — a party girl who is on a “man-fast … Why bother with them? The good ones are always taken. Or they’re weirdly uninterested in a capricious wild child with continuous legal problems” — is ordered to lure Malkom Slaine into an Order ambush. The Order threaten to kill Carrow’s recently orphaned niece Ruby — who they’re also holding — if she doesn’t obey.

But her task isn’t easy. Malkom is a vemon — part demon and part vampire. He is deeply disturbed by his troubled past, which was mostly spent as a slave, who was beaten and betrayed repeatedly after he was forced to turn part vampire. So he trusts no one. But he falls hard for the witch, who seeks him out in Oblivion, a hellish plane with lots of weird, gruesome creatures and very little water. (Suffice to say — Malkom is into grunge when Carrow first meets him, so this reminded me a little of Beauty and the Beast at first.) Some of the most funny moments come when the two try to talk — mostly communicating with hand gestures — because neither speak the same language at first.

What happens when Carrow has to turn Malkom over? You’ll have to read because I’m not gonna tell!

But I will say that this latest book in the series has me wondering what Kresley Cole will do next. We learn a little bit about what’s happening to Regin the Radiant and her capture. We’re also introduced to a sorceress named Lanthe who has injured The Vrekener — a winged demon named Thronos. (She “persuaded” him to jump from a great height — without using his wings. And so he’s after her.)

And, we catch up with characters from the other books in the series like Mariketa The Awaited and her Lykae mate, Bowen, as well as Rydstrom and Sabine, and Conrad Wroth and his Neomi. The only character she left out — the odd and amazing Nix!!!! I wonder why because Nix usually figures prominently in just about all of the books.

However, if you like the books in this series — and I’m an unabashed fan of the entire series — you’ll gobble this one up. And then you’ll wonder whose story the author will tell next.

You can follow Kresley Cole on Twitter: @kresleycole. Or visit her website HERE.



1. Nancy Luna - September 6, 2010

Thanks Diana for the great recap. You do a great job, without any spoilers. I have to finish the last Sookie novel, and then I can move on to another series..do you recommend this one, or something else?

Diana McCabe - September 6, 2010

Hey you!!!! I think for your next series you should try either Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series or Patricia Brigg’s Mercy Thompson series. KMM is set in Ireland and deals with all kinds of creatures, but the story line revolves around fae lore. Pretty fascinating tale she’s woven — if you search for anything on Barrons or Mac, you’ll see she’s got quite a fan base. Very good reads. She’s written 4 books in the series and is ending the entire story early next year with a final book. So that would be a good one to start on. The Patricia Brigg’s series is more urban — her heroine is an auto mechanic! Again — top-notch series with lots of paranormal twists!!!!!


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3. Rita - September 27, 2010

I devoured this book Friday night. All I can write is “more more more”

Diana McCabe - September 27, 2010

I love that series. Just a lot of fun and creative. Can’t wait for next one!

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