Demon Creed (Demon Outlaws #3)
Author: Paula Altenburg
Date of Publication: May 27, 2014
When the Godseeker assassin Creed investigates stories of children gone missing, the trail leads him to an isolated ranch that is rumored to be involved in the slave trade. The owner of the ranch orders the enslaved Nieve to find any weakness in Creed that can be used against him to stop his investigation.
But Creed’s secrets are buried deep. Or so he believes.
Nieve, who knows the intensity of an immortal’s allure firsthand, recognizes the demon in Creed at once. Fun-loving and irresistible to most women, Creed tries to keep his identity hidden, ease her fears and get to the truth the best way he knows how. Seduction.
But Nieve has her own secret—a demon who once tricked her and their half demon son who was sold into slavery.
In a race against the clock, she’ll do whatever it takes to get her child back, even if it means putting her trust in Creed.
This is book 3 in the Demon Outlaws series, but don’t let that concern you too much. You can pretty much jump right in and not be too lost. This series is set in the future (not entirely sure how far into the future, but at least a couple of centuries, though it’s lower tech than the modern world thanks to demon attacks) on Earth, though not the Earth as we know it, again thanks to the aforementioned demons.
The demons were just banished recently, but they left behind their offspring and can still interact in various ways. Nieve is the mother of such a child and the demon who fathered said child wants her back. Creed is (essentially) a gunslinger, though he works for the Godseekers (hiding the fact that he too is half demon) who are trying to eradicate half-demons from the world.
Sounds complicated? It is, but falling into the world is just part of the wonderful charm of this book. I felt completely absorbed into the futuristic/fantasy aspects of this book and I liked the interplay between Nieve and Creed. It wasn’t a rushed romance, or a forced one, in any way. It was enjoyable hearing references to our current world (Safeway, the grocery store, is specifically mentioned) and seeing how the world might reshape itself in the face of centuries of demon-rule.
There were references and events involving (I assume) characters from the first two books and their continuing stories. Even without knowing those stories, I was able to accept and understand everything.
So – since I obviously loved this book, why not 5 gargoyles? Simply because of the Nieve/child issue. I do not believe it was ever explained just how/why Nieve forgot. her. child. for a year! I don’t get it, I don’t understand it, and I’m willing to accept it, I just wish there’d been a coherent explanation for just how he slipped her mind for so long. Maybe one was offered and in my uber-fast reading (I couldn’t put the book down easily for any length of time), I missed it, but I don’t know.
Anyway, check out the book. I know I’m gonna put the other books in the series on my to-be-read list!
Thank you Ms. Altenburg for the book!
Book provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.