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7 Aug 2008
Some people worship them. Some people fear them. And some people, like Morgan Kingsley, are trained to fight them. An exorcist by trade, Morgan is one of the few humans with an aura stronger than her possessor, even though her demon can tease her body senseless. She's also a woman who has just discovered a shocking truth: everything she once believed about her past and her identity may have been a lie...And when the one man who's ever loved her is dragged into the storm, Morgan can't afford to wait for the next terrifying surprise. A rogue, sociopathic demon has entered her life with a bang. His name is The Hunter. And since she is the prey, Morgan has only one choice: to bring The Hunter down - no matter what heartbreaking truths she uncovers on the way...

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (7 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749908726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749908720
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 588,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Whilst studying physical anthropology, Jenna Black dreamed of making fabulous discoveries about primate behaviour. However, after concluding that primates spend around 80% of their time sleeping and eating, she moved on to such varied pastimes as grooming dogs and writing. Visit her at www.jennablack.com

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'Sleazy and down-at-heel and quintessentially London, Mike Carey's Felix Castor steps effortlessly into the growing field of supernatural noir and brings with him a blast of fresh, British air. Think Shoestring meets Constantine, with backing vocals from the shades of Leslie Charteris and Anais Nin. Carey's plotting is tight and laconic, and laced with shivery, understated horrors from both the human world and beyond. It grabs you from the first out-of-nowhere nasty surprise, and rarely lets go thereafter. You'll be up all night finishing this one.' Richard Morgan, bestselling author of ALTERED CARBON 'Imagine an unholy cross between Buffy, Jonathan Creek and hardboiled noir, set it in the sleazier bits of London, and you've got Mike Carey's The Devil You Know, a supernatural crime novel featuring Felix Castor, reluctant magician and part-time exorcist. Britain is filling up with zombies, ghosts, werewolves and demons; it's something to do with having entered the new millennium, maybe. All anyone knows for sure is that the beggars in street doorways are as likely to be dead as not. Recently retired, following a vicious encounter with a demon that left one of his friends in a very strange state of mind indeed, Castor owes his landlady rather too much rent. So when a ghost shows up in a library, Castor takes the job of exorcising it. A simple ghost, a library, how hard can it be? The reader knows the answer, the author knows the answer and so do Castor and the ghost. Fast, fun and furious, worth it for the final joke alone.' THE GUARDIAN 'Entertaining, well-paced, intelligently plotted and full of memorable characters' THE TIMES 'Witty, deadpan and shudderingly noir ... With a plot nailed down tighter than a coffin lid, Carey drives this thriller like Chandler at the wheel of a runaway hearse, combining the mundane with the monstrous to depict a capital city where demons, ghouls and werewolves share the dirty streets with the living, and he does it so you believe it. You've heard the rumour that Londoners are never more than a few feet from a rat - Carey will persuade you the same is true of the undead.' DAILY EXPRESS 'A violent ghost in a world where spirits are rarely mean-spirited is a clue to a deeper mystery in this engrossing dark fantasy debut from comics-writer Carey. Felix "Fix" Castor is an itinerant exorcist who (like a certain famous group of Hollywood ghost-evicters) alternates between dispatching spooks and doing stage magic at ungrateful children's birthday parties. When he's summoned to end a haunting at London's prestigious Bonnington Archive, he finds a vengeful specter with a blood-veiled face that resists methods for extirpating the usually docile dead. When Castor begins probing more deeply, he quickly finds himself harassed by a ravenous succubus, a belligerent fellow exorcist and a slimy Eastern European pimp. The resolution of this ingeniously multilayered tale will satisfy fans of both fantasy and detective fiction. Fix Castor's wisecracking cleverness in the face of weird nemeses makes him the perfect hardboiled hero for a new supernatural noir series.' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review) 'It's some way into The Devil You Know that the brilliance of Mike Carey's 'unique selling point' strikes you ... Carey's established a fascinating world and character to further explore, not least thanks to a lovely final twist that leaves you wondering how Castor and his unlikely new partner will work together...' STARBURST 'The Devil You Know is a stunning supernatural thriller, and one so brilliantly written that it simply blows away the competition in a field saturated at the moment. It's only April, but here, I guarantee, is one of the best books you'll read this year!' SF REVU.COM 'Extremely impressive - entertaining and assured. You're left with the eerie feeling that Felix Castor will be haunting us for a long time to come.' SFX "Carey's writing is nimble and witty, his dialogue believable ... [a] quirky, dark and imaginative tale that compels readers to keep turning pages long after they should have gotten to sleep' KIRKUS (starred review) 'The pacing is impeccable. There's plenty of action and surprising twists.' ROMANTIC TIMES (four and a half stars) 'It's an audacious move for a first-time prose novelist to choose as his protagonist a character who sounds like the setup to a joke, but that's exactly what Carey has done. Narrator Felix Castor is a hard-boiled exorcist who also dabbles in magic. The real trick, though, is that Carey pulls it off. Set in London, the story follows Castor as his financial woes lead him to take on a job in a career he thought he'd sworn off. It's one last exorcism, Castor tells himself, just to pay the bills, but he quickly finds he's taken on a great deal more when a haunted archive draws him into a sordid mystery. Carey has already made a name for himself in the world of graphic novels for, among other things, his work on Hellblazer. That series shares with this novel an attention to the seedier side of magic and the occult. Ghost hunters in Carey's novel are something akin to the private eyes in a Raymond Chandler story, and the recipe works startlingly well. While appealing to fans of Carey's graphic novels, this will likely also find praise among readers of horror and those looking for an offbeat mystery. Highly recommended.' LIBRARY JOURNAL (starred review)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Second in series 27 July 2008
By Helen Hancox TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Morgan Kingsley is an exorcist with a rather unusual attribute - she's the host of the king of the demons, Lugh. In Jenna Black's world demons are beings who can live inside a human and can take over their body, giving them extra strength and the ability to heal themselves from most injuries. There are many laws about demons and humans and Morgan's job is to exorcise illegal demons. However since she found out that she is hosting Lugh her life has become more and more complex. Lugh isn't able to take over her actions unless she's asleep or in a very specific time of stress. In the previous book in the series, The Devil Inside, Morgan found herself working with demon Adam, his lover Dominic and with Lugh to try to protect Lugh. In this story her brother Andrew, now in a coma after his demon Raphael left him, wakes up and tells Morgan that he hated Raphael. Morgan also discovers that a demon known as Der Jäger has been put on the trail of Lugh and is no doubt after her. She teams up with Adam to try to find out what's going on in the battle between Lugh and his brother Dougal to be king, as well as trying to take care of Andrew and also worrying about her former boyfriend Brian. When Morgan discovers that some events in her history may have a bearing on why she is able to host Lugh she has to try to unravel what's been going on for over twenty years with Raphael, Dougal and Lugh and at the same time try to keep those she loves safe.

I very much enjoyed this follow up book and found that the story was progressing well, although the interactions between Morgan and Lugh are fairly sparse overall. Morgan's hot-tempered and feisty nature was well written and her moral dilemmas throughout were interesting.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Family Way 17 Aug 2008
By Foggy Tewsday VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Where the first book in this series, The Devil Inside, fizzed and sparkled with its fast-paced introduction to Morgan Kingsley, exorcist, this second instalment came across as rather flat. The action doesn't really kick in until about a third of the way into the novel. And Morgan's tough-girl exterior is well and truly punctured as she is frequently close to, if not actually reduced to, blubbing. Sometimes because of her tiresome relationship with her ex-boyfriend, and sometimes because of her family's treatment of her. At the heart of this story is Morgan's strained relationship with her family and the secret that her parents have kept hidden.

The trouble I had with this novel is that I just didn't find it compelling. To be completely honest, I sometimes found it a bit of a chore to read. Morgan's introspection became quite grating after a while and at times, some parts of the story felt formulaic. For example, I'm not giving away much when I tell you that Morgan and her ex have a nice little roll and tumble at one point in this story. No problem with that, but it just seemed contrived as if the author felt she had to include it even though the event itself didn't add anything to the story.

Where Jenna Black has succeeded is with the underlining premise of demons inhabiting willing human hosts. Those being hosted by the unwilling are liable to be exorcised by Morgan or one of her colleagues. The irony is that Morgan is hosting, somewhat unwillingly, Lugh, the King of the Demon Realm. She is able to keep him suppressed until she is asleep when he is then able to communicate with her.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Morgan Kingsley Book 2 15 Mar 2010
By Sarah (Feeling Fictional) TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
This is the second book in the Morgan Kingsley series so there may be spoilers for the first book included in this review. If you are new to the series then I recommend you check out the reviews for book one The Devil Inside rather than reading any further.

Morgan is still trying to get used to the fact that she is now unwillingly hosting the King of Demons Lugh. Luckily Lugh isn't able to take over complete control of her - he is only able to influence her body when she is asleep and he can only communicate with her through her dreams. Considering her job as an exorcist is to remove illegal demons she isn't very happy with this development but hasn't been able to work out a way to get rid of him. If anyone discovers her predicament she is at risk of being burned alive.

Lugh's brother wants him dead so he can take over the demon kingdom and has sent a sociopathic demon called the Hunter after him. Unfortunately they know that Lugh was being hosted by Morgan so they know where to go looking. They have no way of knowing which body the Hunter is in - he has already taken several human hosts and as he can move to any human he touches the easiest way for him to get to her is through someone she knows. With her friends and family at risk Morgan is forced to turn to demon Adam and his lover Dominic for help. She also needs to find out more about the truth of her birth and events that happened during her childhood.

I enjoyed the first book in the series but was a little put off by some of the S&M scenes that were included. I'm pleased to be able to say that this wasn't a problem with book 2 & I enjoyed it more because of that. There was less action in this book but there was still plenty of mystery and I enjoyed the developing relationship between Morgan and Lugh. Some of the twists were completely unexpected and I'm interested to find out how things will continue from here so I'll definitely be checking out The Devil's Due.
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