The Devil's Due Mass Market Paperback – 25 Nov 2008
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The latest Urban Fantasy novel in Jenna Black's addictive, and incredibly sexy, MORGAN KINGSLEY EXCORCIST series --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Jenna Black is your typical writer. Which means she's an "experience junkie." She got her BA in physical anthropology and French from Duke University. Once upon a time, she dreamed she would be the next Jane Goodall, camping in the bush making fabulous discoveries about primate behavior. Then, during her senior year at Duke, she did some actual research in the field and made this shocking discovery: primates spend something like 80% of their time doing such exciting things as sleeping and eating. Concluding that this discovery was her life's work in the field of primatology, she then moved on to such varied pastimes as grooming dogs and writing technical documentation.
Top Customer Reviews
When Morgan is asked by Claudia to investigate the circumstances surrounding her son Tommy's decision to become a demon host she soon realises something isn't right. All of the paperwork is in order but something is very strange when someone is a member of an anti-demon society and then within a matter of days they have become a demon host. If Morgan exorcises a legal demon she'll be looking at a murder charge but that doesn't stop her wanting to investigate further. What she isn't expecting is the trouble she finds herself in when she begins her investigation - once again she is going to need the help of her friends is she wants to solve the mystery.
I really enjoyed this third installment of the Morgan Kingsley series - in fact I think I'd have to say that this was my favorite book so far. The series really does seem to be coming into it's own with each new book and I'm looking forward to reading the next installment. I like the fact that Morgan is becoming less self obsessed and more concerned with others than she was before. She is still the snarky, bad tempered character that I've grown to love but we are starting to see a more caring side to her which gives her more depth. I'm also enjoying the series more now that the S&M side has been toned down but that is down to my personal preference.
I'm happy that we're getting to see more of Lugh's personality as he is one of my favorite characters in the series. I was also pleased that we get to know Adam better - I'm finding him much easier to relate to now. If you liked the first 2 books in the series then I'm sure you'll enjoy this installment.
Jenna Black is an excellent writer in terms of keeping the reader's interest. She somehow makes the paranormal aspects of these stories feel very real and, well, 'normal' for the characters. In this book Morgan is continuing with her role of keeping her demon Lugh safe from his brother Dougal, trying to learn to live with him, working out her relationship with her boyfriend Brian (a rather dull and unappealing character) and dealing with the ambivalent feelings she has toward Adam Smith. However Morgan is also hired to look into the demon possession of a man who was known to be utterly against demons and the more she looks into events, the less adds up. Might the possession of Tommy have more significance than just a straight illegal demon possession?
There's mention in this story again of the BDSM club but far less graphic description than in the previous books which perhaps makes this a more comfortable read. Morgan's own brash nature is also perhaps toned down a little as she learns to consider others as well as herself. However she's still a very appealing character who seems to bumble her way through very complex situations, trying to do the best with the hand she's been dealt. Those who enjoyed the previous books will certainly like this one!
Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book © Helen Hancox 2009
For those unfamiliar with this series, these books are set in the present day. There are occasional references to current popular culture helping to cement the idea that the world inhabited by the characters is not too different to real life. The fantasy element has the intriguing notion that demons, incorporeal outside the Demon Realm, can possess human hosts. However those who inhabit unwilling hosts, or who break the law, may be subject to exorcism. But this procedure often proves fatal to the human host. Those possessed willingly are able to be healed quickly when ill or stricken with physical injury. The downside for these people is loss of privacy, freedom and physical control over their bodies - demons are far stronger than humans.
Morgan is an exorcist with a dangerous secret: she is unwillingly hosting the King of the Demon Realm, Lugh. Unlike most human hosts, Morgan is blessed with the ability to keep her demon suppressed while she is conscious. All the while she is aware that her cargo is a potentially fatal one; there are demons who would seek to destroy Lugh. His presence must therefore remain a closely guarded secret.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a disappointment, I really wanted to like his book as the premise sounded awesome. A exorcist who ends up hosting a demon and really that's what got me through the first book. Read morePublished 16 months ago by K. J. Alexander
A little boring sometimes but Rapheal is funny, Saul returns, Morgan visits the Seven Deadlies again to see Shae and they meet new characters.Published on 15 April 2014 by Ravena
**Warning: As this is the third book in a series this review may contain spoilers for those who have not read the first two books. Read morePublished on 2 May 2011 by Shelagh