Title: Demon Bait
Author: Moira Rogers
Page Count: 242 KB (Kindle format, novella length)
Genre: post-apocalyptic, first in a series
Copy for review obtained from the author in anticipation of an honest review
His mark could bind her forever—or finally set her free.
Children of the Undying, Book 1
Fifty years after a demon apocalypse devastated the world, summoners still bear the bulk of the blame. Marci lives in secret, hiding the gifts that could cost her a secure spot in one of humanity’s underground cities, and access to their virtual world. After all, her chances of avoiding the genetic-testing lotto are better than her chances of surviving topside.
The bastard son of a terrifying incubus, lust heats Gabe’s blood and sex fuels his magic. Innate charm and charisma help him navigate the cultural gap between the outcast town he calls home and the human settlements he infiltrates for trade. His latest mission nets him an unexpected asset—a summoner strong enough to soothe his darkest needs.
Trust a half demon, especially one who uses a lockdown to trap them together? Not in this lifetime. Yet Marci can’t resist Gabe’s offer to see her safely to a selective outcast settlement where she can live without fear. The journey alone is as dangerous as the way Gabe makes her heart race, but it could be her one hope of a real life.
If only she could be sure Gabe’s telling her the whole truth…
Warning: Contains a virtual world where humans flee to escape the demon-infested earth, a dangerously seductive half demon with sex magic to burn and a network-hacking summoner brave enough to make herself vulnerable to him.
Yum yum. This is a brief story but sucked me right into this new series. There are plenty of details here to explore and lots to be excited about, and a leading couple that I hope we see more of in future installments.
I'm ahead of myself though. The main details are this: Demon Bait is the first in the Children of the Undying series, a fusion series if ever there was one that brings together cyberpunk, post-apocalyptic drama, paranormal romance, urban fantasy elements, and the end result is a unique world that's going to serve as a great setting for an ongoing series. There are techno elements that lend ambiance and details that will hopefully get explained more fully, as I'm a nerd for world building elements like that, but the brief introduction here didn't detract from the story.
Gabe and Marci are an interesting couple for whom the sparks really fly, and they cover a lot of emotional ground in a relatively short number of pages. A lot of explanation isn't really given for the situation with demons and how that came to happen, but suffice it to say, they are bad news, and a being a halfblood is no easy task. Gabe falls for Marci hard and early, and desperately wants Marci to feel the same way; Marci is much more tentative, and it was interesting to see the stereotypical roles be reversed like that.
If you're looking for something new to read that will grab your attention, definitely give this one a go.
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