The Devil Inside: Number 1 in series (Morgan Kingsley Exorcist) Paperback – 3 Jan 2008
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"'An exorcist with an attitude, Morgan Kingsley is sure to win Black a legion of fans.' - Kelley Armstrong 'A sassy heroine who's not afraid to do what it takes to get the job done or to save a loved one's life. Add to that a sexy hero, great secondary characters and a storyline that keeps you reading, and this one is definitely a keeper' - Keri Arthur"
THE DEVIL INSIDE is the start of a new urban fantasy series for her, featuring feisty exorcist Morgan KingsleySee all Product Description
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The copious amounts of sex that lace this story may not be to everyone's taste and, I suspect, may put some potential readers off. Personally, I enjoy reading erotic fiction and watching erotic films. However, what I most balked at in this novel was not the male homosexual S & M scenes which are relevant to the story, but Morgan's lusty antics with her boyfriend. These didn't really add much in my opinion and could have been left out or toned down with little detrimental effect on the story. I mean, "attractive girl has healthy sexual relationship with her boyfriend" doesn't really have to be spelled out for us if the story is not an out-and-out piece of erotica. However, these scenes are not prominent and they are well written.
Indeed, the standard of Jenna Black's writing is very high. Particularly good are the scenes in the book's later chapters that take place in the cavernous surroundings of an S & M club where we are introduced to the malevolent Shae, a nasty piece of work who I hope will return in further Morgan Kingsley adventures.
The concept of demons inhabiting humans in this story is one that I found fascinating. The demons have the ability to heal their hosts if they are injured (a boon to S & M lovers!Read more ›
As Morgan struggles to find out why and how she was possessed, she finds herself equally targeted by others, both human and demon, and fighting for her life. In desperation she has little choice, but to turn to the demons she's always despised for help.
The first book in the Morgan Kingsley series starts off pretty quick and moves at a decent pace. Morgan isn't the easiest of characters to like and her feelings often contradict her words and actions making you wonder what she's actually feeling or thinking. But the story around her is good enough to keep reading. I didn't find myself sucking particularly, and rather than feeling the ups and downs with Morgan, I felt like a spectator. I feel we were meant to feel bad for Morgan a lot, without really being given a reason to love her enough for it so soon. I also found a few of the secondary characters a bit flat and there wasn't always enough explanation to go with their actions. There is also some graphic S & M and more sex than there really needed to be (both with Morgan and her boyfriend, and a homosexual couple helping her - which really did nothing for me), more there for show than because it had a reason, but I could put up with it.
Overall, none of that was enough to stop me finishing the book within a few days, and I intend to pick up the next one. It's a good enough read, but it's not about to become a favourite of mine.
Honestly I could barely finish it, Morgan was boring, her boyfriend Brian was boring, Lugh (ugh horrible name for a demon) was just paint drying fantastic, even the gay couple who where heavily into S&M were dull.
The premise was great, the actual story line was interesting (though reminiscent of so many others in the UF genre) but the execution of it was lifeless. One more thing that irritated the hell out of me was Morgans repeated use of the word "sucked" its a pet hate of mine only people under the age of 16 should be saying it not the lead female of a urban fantasy book.
Hating demons so much, Morgan grew up to become an exorcist. An exorcist is called in whenever a demonic crime is committed to remove the demon from its host. Problem is that some of the hosts are fine after an exorcism and some of the hosts are empty shells that require care for the rest of their lives. No one knows why.
After performing a routine exorcism on an unwillingly possessed child, Morgan begins sleep walking. Recently Morgan has been finding notes written to herself while asleep. The notes claim that she is an unwilling host and has one of the most powerful among demons within without her knowledge. Morgan believes it a lie made up from her nightmares. But Morgan soon has cause to wonder and turns to Adam White, head of the Special Forces division dealing with rogue demons. Since Adam is a demon, Morgan is not thrilled having to go to him for help, but Adam owes her a big favor. Morgan learns that the demon within her is named Lugh. Morgan's aura somehow overwhelms the demon's. Lugh is not within Morgan by choice either. Turns out Lugh is not only one of the most powerful demons, but a high ranking one as well.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read this on paperback and was gripped immediately. I've read the whole series and really enjoyed it. Read morePublished on 11 Mar. 2014 by Ravena
Too much gay sex and S&M for the straight reader. It made it hard to identify with the heroine and wasn't at all what I expected from the author of the Faeriewalker books. Read morePublished on 30 Aug. 2012 by Potterywhizz
If you are looking for a 'Sado Masochism for Dummies' manual then this is the book for you. But if you are looking for a good story that is well told then avoid this book unless... Read morePublished on 8 Feb. 2012 by Book Addict
As usual i wanted something slightly different to read and didn't want to go down the vampire/werewolf route as i have been watching quite a lot of that on tv recently with True... Read morePublished on 30 May 2011 by Ms. N. J. Cross
I'm not overly comfortable with the S&M aspect to this book, so that's the first downside for me. Each to their own though. Read morePublished on 24 May 2011 by The Demon Librarian
This is a great debut to a new series about an exorcist. It has the right amount of romance, horror, biting sarcasm, and a not so loving family!Published on 9 Jan. 2011 by SSP
I was so excited about this book! I couldn't wait to start it. And yet, I stopped mid-way, unable to finish it. Read morePublished on 23 May 2010 by Amazon Customer
Morgan Kingsley lives in a world where people willingly volunteer to become demon hosts. The demons take complete control of their host's body giving it extra strength & healing... Read morePublished on 23 Feb. 2010 by Sarah (Feeling Fictional)