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Demons Can't Keep a Good Girl Down,
This review is from: The Trouble with Demons (Mass Market Paperback)
The Trouble with Demons is the third novel in Lisa Shearin's series featuring Elven sorceress and seeker, Raine Benares. Raine's life has been turned upsidedown since she became the unwilling bond-servant to the Saghred, a mysterious, soul-eating rock, that can grant its bearer almost unlimited power, as long as it's kept fed. Now, instead of locating lost, or purloined, items, using her quick wits, modest magical abilities and connections to her extended family of pirates and brigands, she's being pursued by Goblin shamans and Elven intelligence agents, as she struggles to free herself from her unwanted link to the stone, simple contact with which seems to be increasing her magical abilities exponentially. Over last couple of weeks (covered in the previous two books) she's become involved in a power-struggle for the Goblin throne, left her home and travelled to the mage's Conclave on the Isle of Mid, and saved the arch-mage from assassination. Along the way, she's found herself beginning to develop strong feelings for both Tam Nathrach, a Goblin former dark mage and all around bad-boy, and Mycheal Eiliesor, the elven Paladin of the Conclave and the whitest of white knights.
As this book opens, Raine is forced to take time off from seeking to find a way to break her link to the Saghred when demons start appearing all over Mid. It turns out that one of the stone's former bond-servants has opened a Hellgate, attempting to regain his connection to the stone with demonic help. The demons, though, have their own agenda, and Raine, Tam and Mycheal find themselves drawn even closer together as they struggle to close the Gate, and prevent a hellish invasion of Mid.
Shearin writes snappily, and Raine makes a feisty heroine, as quick with a quip as she is with a blade, and she's abley supported by her two potential paramours, and the other minor characters. The plot rattles along at a fair pace and is never less than entertaining, so if you've enjoyed the previous two books, Armed and Magical and Magic Lost, Trouble Found, you'll certainly enjoy this one, and it's a pleasant enough way to wile away a couple of hours.If I have criticisms, I suppose they are twofold: first, that Raine's world seems to owe rather more to the twentieth century (diplomatic immunity, coeds) than mediaeval times, even allowing for the influence of magic; second, Raine's continued harping on about her family's criminal tendencies is getting a little tiresome now we're into the third book. Neither of these, though, will prevent me from getting volume four, when it's published.