Saturday, June 11, 2011

Kristina Douglas--Demon (The Fallen #2)

Once the Fallen’s fearless ruler, a grieving Azazel must find the legendary siren meant to take his lost lover’s place . . . and kill her. 

He’s a devil of an angel. — Azazel should have extinguished the deadly Lilith when he had the chance. Now, faced with a prophecy that will force him to betray the memory of his one true love and wed the Demon Queen, he cannot end her life until she leads him to Lucifer. Finding the First is the Fallen’s only hope for protecting mankind from Uriel’s destruction, but Azazel knows that ignoring his simmering desire for the Lilith will be almost as impossible.

She’s an angel of a demon.

Rachel Fitzpatrick wonders how Azazel could confuse her with an evil seductress. She’s never even been interested in sex! At least not before she set eyes on her breathtaking captor. And now she can’t think about anything else -- besides escape.

Angels and demons don’t mix.

Rachel stirs a carnal need in Azazel that he never thought he’d feel again. Falling for a demon -- even if she has no idea she’s the Lilith -- means surrendering his very soul. But if he lets her go, he risks abandoning his heart, his dangerous lover, and possibly all of humanity, to Uriel’s deadly wrath.

{4.5 stars}
Nothing is simple in this one, a lot plays out that moves the series along. Azazel and Rachel are not a cute love story, but a raw passion. I came away from this book still having questions about Rachel and how much of the true "Lilith" she really is. The Dark City was confusing, and I struggled with the timeline in the beginning, but it was pulled together at the end and it made more sense. I really like this series, there is just something so different about it that it hooks me. Don't go into it with any pre-existing notions about religion and fallen angels. Douglas turns it all upside down to fit into the world she is writing and I for one, like her interpretation. I love her characters and the path the series is following, there is nothing cute and sweet about these Fallen. They are strong characters who have weaknesses as well as strength's, who have learned to cope in a world few can imagine. Can't wait to read the next one!

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