Casee‘s review of Demon from the Dark (Immortals After Dark, Book 10) by Kresley Cole.
A dangerous demon she can’t resist…
Malkom Slaine: tormented by his sordid past and racked by vampiric hungers, he’s pushed to the brink by the green-eyed beauty under his guard.
A maddening witch he aches to claim…
Carrow Graie: hiding her own sorrows, she lives only for the next party or prank. Until she meets a tortured warrior worth saving.
Trapped together in a savage prison…
For them to survive, Malkom must unleash both the demon and vampire inside him. When he becomes the nightmare his own people feared, will he lose the woman he craves body and soul?
Carrow never really interested me as a heroine in this series. She was a peripheral character that I enjoyed, but she was never of any substance. Carrow was the wild child, the witch that always got into trouble. She always got others into trouble too. She was never sorry, never worried. She had an answer for everything. Anti-heroine.
Carrow was kidnapped at the end of the last book. She was taken by a group of humans who are intent on destroying all immortals. To save the life of her niece, Carrow has to go to a demon dimension and lure a five hundred year old demon to a portal. A vemon that is. Half vampire, half demon. A creature that’s reviled even by Lore standards. Not only is her pray a vemon, but he’s also legendary in his dimension for his utter viciousness.
Malkom has been living beneath his mountain for hundreds of years. Since he was turned into a creature so horrible even he can’t barely stomach it. When he senses a portal from another world opening, he goes to do his duty; kill the person entering. Except this time the person entering isn’t a soldier. This time the person that enters is his mate. His very English mate. Since his imprisonment as blood slave when he was a child, Malkom has hated everything English (read: Western). When Malkom finally finds Carrow, they can’t communicate even a little bit. It’s lovely.
They are literally two minutes from falling in lurve when Malkom takes Carrow back to the portal. You see, Carrow was injured. Malkom realizes that he loves the witch and knowing how important it was to her to be at the portal, he takes her there. Waiting on the other side is an ambush. It doesn’t take him long to realize that he has been betrayed yet again. Malkom’s mantra is that you only betray him once. While Carrow hopes to convince him she never meant to let them keep him, Malkom is planning her untimely death.
This book really was fun to read. I hate using such a generic sentence, but it was. When Carrow and Malkom escape, they have to take Carrow’s newly orphaned niece with them. Ruby is seven years old and also a witch. Carrow is now responsible for her and will do anything to protect her. Malkom uses Ruby as a spy and it is hilarious to read about him trying to get information from a seven year old. He’s clearly out of his comfort zone, but he will do anything to protect the wee little witch.
The ending of the book was perfect. Carrow claims Malkom publicly, something that has never happened before. It was one of the sweeter scenes in the entire series. I also enjoyed the cat fighting between Carrow and Sabine. That was good stuff. Regin’s book is next and I can’t freaking wait.
4.25 out of 5.