The Demon King and I


Official information

The Demon King and I cover



Author: Candace Havens
Series: Caruthers Sisters
Publisher: Berkley Trade

First in a terrific new series featuring wealthy paranormal party girls - from the author of the Charmed books.

The Caruthers sisters are heiresses with privilege, wealth, beauty, and brains. But these party girls have something extra. As the Guardian Keys, possessors of an ancient family secret, they hold the fate of the world in their hands.

Gillian, the eldest, is a sensation in the art world - this world, that is. In her other world she's the Assassin, a knockout who snuffs out dimension-jumpers who foul up her personal space. She never expected to join forces with one. But when a plague of murderous demons plunges the earth in darkness, she has no choice but to get a little help from a being who knows his stuff.


My review

When I picked The Demon King and I and started reading it, I felt anticipation and the promise of a great adventure shimmering in the air. Unfortunately it didn’t deliver. And though it is hard to explain all the reasons, I am going to try.

Firstly, the book was written in the first person. Which is not a bad thing per se (I have read first person books before and got mesmerized), here, however, it felt as if I was reading a report of sorts with only an occasional emotional or entertaining moment. Was caught between tons of lines. Lines, which involved so much information about nonessential things that had no real impact on the story, I felt as if I was struggling through the jungle of law, art, technology, clothes and even managing an international conglomerate. All the areas the heroine was meshed in.

Jack of all trades is the phrase that comes to my mind. The problem is – he is usually the master of none. But not Gillian of course. She is a serious business woman, who chops demon heads thus defending earth from villains and still has time to appear in every major ball to talk about charity events and her newest dress while cameras flash all around. Unbelievable!

I did like the demon king Arath. He seemed strong and hot and someone you could definitely fall for. Unfortunately, since this is the book written only from one perspective, I’ve got to see Arath less than I would have liked to.

What was more disappointing, however, was the lack of romance between heroes. Their interactions were limited and the relationship didn’t have the deep emotional connection it should have had.

Also, considering the complexity of the story and the difficulty of fighting the enemies, which was not complex or difficult at all, the book The Demon King and I could provide a simple light read. But nothing more.



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