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Private Demon: A Novel of the Darkyn (Signet Eclipse) [Mass Market Paperback]

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Signet Book; First Printing edition (9 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451217055
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451217059
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 10.6 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 650,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Second in the Darkyn Series 27 May 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Private Demon picks up virtually where If Angels Burn ended, with Thierry Durand on the run from the other Darkyn. He has come to Chicago to pursue Luisa's attackers and it is here that he meets Jema Shaw - an heiress who doesn't yet know the part she will play in the Darkyn world. Unbeknownst to Thierry, Valentin Jaus (the suzerain of Chicago) is also interested in Jema's welfare.

I found Jema to be a fragile heroine, she has an underlying strength, but she is more passive than Alex (the heroine from the first book). Without Jema or them being aware of it, the two male Darkyn - Thierry and Valentin - are competing for her. The relationship between Valentin and Jema is sweet and you can understand why so many readers are on his side. As Alex notes on p157 'Valentin has a way of making you fall in love with him'. Jema's interactions with Thierry on the other hand are brutal, vivid and intense. One subject this book deals with (beautifully) is how we don't always get to choose who we love or whether they will love us back.

Unlike some series The Darkyn really needs to be read in order, so I would recommend you read If Angels Burn first. Several plot threads from the first book are picked up in Private Demon - the attack on Luisa, Michael and Alex's relationship (one of the major subplots through the series) and John Keller's quest for meaning. There are also new storylines started here, it's very much a multi-layered series and as such the paranormal romance tag is a bit misleading. This is more of a complex urban fantasy tale, focusing on the relationships between the various characters and their struggle for survival against not only their enemies, but also their own natures.

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Book 1 - If Angels Burn

Book 3 - Dark Need

Book 4 - Night Lost

Coming in January 2008 Book 5 Evermore
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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This book continues from the first one in the series (If Angels Burn)

and is about the story of Theirry (a supposedly Dreanged Darkyn) and Jema ( a newbie to the series). Thierry happens upon Jema decides shes his saviour and starts to visit her in her dreams.

To be honest the the underlying stories were far more interesting than the romance of the main characters and it is evident that the book is part of a series rather than it being a stand alone. Having said this the lack of romance can be forgiven because everything else about the book is good. The relationship between the characters in the first book gets more exposure (although maybe that should have been in the first book) and the love scenes in this book are much better.

The Brethren storyline contains the same amount of intrigue and I often found the book hard to put down as I wanted to know what was going to happen next. All the stories tie up well at the end and you find yourself waiting for the next book.

All in all this was a good book but if you are looking for pure romance then I wouldn't reccomend it as romance takes a backseat. If, however, you are looking for a can't -put-down book with a few steamy scences thrown in then this is for you.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for the next in the Series 6 Jan 2006
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This is the second book in the Darky Series (following "If Angels Burn") and don't let the blurb on the back of the book put you off it is not all "dreams fulfilling deepest darkest desires" there is the story of Jema Shaw who lives with a domineering mother and tries to cope with a debilitating illness! and Thierry who we met in the previous book - has he gone mad and is he completely dangerous? The story of Thierry's struggle with madness after being tortured and betrayed by his own wife! and the story of Jema are well worth the reading along with the development of our previous characters introduced in "If Angels Burn" this is a series to rival Christine Feehan but with a different slant!!
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It was better than the first book, but not as good as I hoped it would be. My mouth fell open in horror when I turned a page to find the author had resurrected that boring John Keller character and given him even more page time. If I'd known he was going to be in the book I would NOT have bought it. Once again he was allowed page time to bore the reader with his backstory and his whatever life. To be honest I thought his sister (the heroine of the first book) turned out to be freaking annoying in this book too. That whole aspect of the story was pretty much pointless and culminates in a...WTHeck moment at the end that adds nothing to the story but a convenient winding up end scene.

I like the author's word flow. She has created some captivating characters. I admire her creative concept for the story (I wish I'd thought of it). She has a lot of talent (she held me as a reader even though I had to skip the boring character sections), but her talents are overshadowed by the plot which feels forced. It felt wrong.

Spoiler Alert:

Why was it wrong? The big reason is the heroine ends up with the wrong vampire. According to the author's lore as outlined in the first book, the human who ingests/imbibes a particular Vampire's blood becomes that particular vampire's sygkenis (vassal) and the Vampire will be their master. You can't have Vampire blood lore and then not bloody use it! The Vampires apparently believe (according to the first book) that there isn't any choice in the matter. The author might argue Jema hasn't fully transformed, but she has her talent, she has her she's a vampire! Why wasn't Jema drawn inexplicably to her "master"? In the first book the not fully transformed Alex is drawn to her "master" almost against her wishes so that excuse doesn't wash.
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