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Entertaining, if confusing at times.
on 30 May 2014
A largely enjoyable, if occasionally confusing tale about a girl who gets sucked into an alternate reality where demons rule and humans are mythological.
The main characters are Lord Demon Balthazar, who's told he needs a human in order to become the anointed Sultan in the wake of the death of his father. And Alexander, a human female with hidden powers, transported to the demon world, who becomes the object of Balthazars desires.
There are a lot of characters in this book and it can get confusing as chapters jump around from scene to scene. One minute you're with Balthazar and Alex, the next with royal conspirators.
The action can get a little bland here and there as it moves between conspiracies and violent clashes, while sparingly sprinkled with luke-warm moments of tenderness between characters.
There seems to be heavily influenced by Indian themes, which makes for a colourful and fragrant story. But the ending comes rather abruptly, in my opinion, however, it does set the scene nicely for the sequel.