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Second in series,
This review is from: Scorched (Signet Eclipse) (Mass Market Paperback)
'Scorched' follows on from 'Ravenous' in that there are characters who feature in both books, but it also works as a story on its own, and is somewhat different in feel to the previous book.
In 'Ravenous' we met Conall Macmillan, a former detective who became possessed by a demon and was in thrall to a witch (who was defeated in the book). Now in 'Scorched' Conall ('Mac') is free of the witch but can't go back to his previous life as he is still part-demon. When Alessandro Caravelli, vampire hero of the previous book, comes across him he should technically kill him but instead exiles him to 'The Castle', a strange place where various magical creatures live.
Mac is able to get out of The Castle but not before he stumbles across an intriguing young woman, Constance. She is in trouble as her adoptive son is in danger and the Castle itself seems to be crumbling. Mac finds himself driven to help Constance and to try to overcome his demon side.
I enjoyed reading this book, it kept my attention and the switching between scenes in the Castle (necessarily bizarre) and in the real world worked well. We didn't see too much of Caravelli and Holly, the hero and heroine of the previous book, but they did play a part in this story. Characterisation was reasonable for Mac but I didn't quite get my head around Constance and wasn't entirely sure what he saw in her. I like the world of The Castle and its confusing nature although I felt that the big scenes of battles in the Castle towards the end of the book didn't always work. Still it wasn't a bad read and it's not as formulaic as many stories in this genre.
Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book © Helen Hancox 2010