Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Review - Demon Forged

Title: Demon Forged
Author: Meljean Brook
Publication Date: September 2009
Genre: Paranormal
Rating: B+
Sensuality: Hot
Book Disclosure: I won this in a contest hosted by Tracy of Tracy's Place (Thanks Tracy!).

Demon Forged is the fifth book in Meljean Brook's Guardian Series (that's if you don't count the anthologies). Irena and Alejandro are Guardians who have been protecting mankind from Demons. They have a past history together and can't seem to make their friendship/relationship work. Many centuries have passed and they still harbor feelings for one another but neither Irena nor Alejandro can seem to get past their pride to make things work. Now, Irena and Alejandro are being forced to work together to stop a deadly prophecy from becoming true.

I think that so far Demon Forged is the most well written book of this series. However, it was not my favorite and I'll tell you why. But, first let's talk about what I really enjoyed. First of all, the world building is just phenomenal. Brooks really blows me away with her attention to detail and the well planned out plotting. Where she is going with this series? That I am not sure, but it's perfectly clear that she knows and that is what's important. Things are really starting to heat up between the Guardians and the Demons. Both sides are taking hits and things are super tense. At certain moments, I found myself on the edge of my seat.

Also, I was very intrigued by some of the secondary plots. I was especially enamored with the goings on between Michael and Taylor. I can't wait to see where that ends up! This brings me to the main romance between Irena and Alejandro, I wasn't super crazy about these two. I hate that they went some 500 years, unable to work through their problems because of pride. It just makes me question why it took them so long to let go of their issues and actually try to work things out. I will say 500 years of sexual tension sure does lead to some pretty steamy make-up sex. It was also obvious to me that these two were meant to be together. I just wanted to be like, "Get over it already!" But actually, this was pretty minor offence even though it doesn't sound like it. I did really enjoy reading this book and I can't wait to read more of this series.

Here is what others had to say:

Errant Dreams Reviews
The Book Smugglers
Alpha Heroes
Dear Author
Book Binge
Rosario's Reading Journal

This book can be purchased in print or kindle format from Amazon.


Katiebabs a.k.a KB said...

Best scene in a book using a moving statue as a sex toy goes to... ;)

The last 50 pages had me gnawing my hands off. Demon Forged is the best I read this year.

SarahT said...

I read your grade but not the review itself as I'm a couple of books behind in this series. Just wanted to say how much I like these books. Great to know 'Demon Forged' is a book I can look forward to!

Leslie said...

I've given myself a personal challenge for 2010 - to read this series! I have all the books so no excuses. :)

"Brooks really blows me away with her attention to detail and the well planned out plotting."

This is one of the reasons I want to read this series. I've had some disappointments in series w/regard to world building and the author staying true to it.

Jill D. said...

Katie - LOL, I actually thought of you when I read that sex scene. I thought you might like the creativity that went into thinking that one up :)

Sarah - Don't worry, I didn't post any spoilers. I am like you though, usually I will wait to read a review on a book I know I am going to read, as to not influence my own opinion. I can't wait to see what you think.

Leslie - Wonderful! I am sure you will enjoy the series. I found that Brook's writing has gotten better as the series goes along. The first book was my least favorite, but is very important in terms of world building. I can't wait to see what you think of them. You are in for a treat!

nath said...

hi Jill :D Glad you enjoyed it... Sigh, for some reasons, I've been putting this book off. I have to admit, I'm not very fond of Irena... so that might be the reason. I'm glad though that Ms Brook know where she is going... and you're right, that is very important.

Jill D. said...

Yeah - I wasn't too crazy about Irena either, but reading her story was still good. We get to understand her character and become sympathetic to her abrasiveness. Move it up in the pile - trust me :)