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Inspector Adrian Philips has long felt on the outside. A human who has been "enhanced" by Yamish implants in order to police the rougher parts of town, he is feared by his coworkers and has been spurned by his former wife. After a fight leaves him wounded, he finds himself in the care of the infamous artist Roxanne McAllister. Despite social norms that say they aren't a good match, each finds in the other the sense of home they've longed for. Holly crafts a thoroughly engrossing tale, deftly melding an alternate Victorian London with a retro-futuristic flair. That alone would make this an exceptional book, but the deeply sensual and emotional nature of her work also makes this a must-have for fans of more erotic romance. Nina Davis
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reissue edition (November 2, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425199185
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425199183
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,473,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Emma Holly is the USA Today bestselling author of more than thirty very hot romantic books, featuring werewolves, faeries, and just plain extraordinary ordinary folks. Her favorite things are reading, coffee, long daydreamy walks, plus whatever show she's currently infatuated with on tv. She loves sinking into the worlds of her stories and hopes you do too!

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86 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Jana L. Perskie HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 12, 2004
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Although I would have given this delightful novel a more creative title - one which would inspire a wider variety of readers to take interest - Ms. Holly has written another winner with "The Demon's Daughter." An off-beat, science fiction-fantasy, cum Dickensian Oliver Twist, cum romance, the book is set in Victorian Avvar, in the Empire of Aedlyne. Avvar is a city not unlike London during Victoria's rule. It is inhabited by humans and demons - the Yama. Like the aristocratic British, the Yamas have a strict hierarchical society. The aristocracy, called "daimyos" do not want to be tainted by mingling with the lower classes (people), or with their own outcasts, rebels who refuse to live within their own hierarchical system, (called "rohn"). Yamas are a humanoid species, extremely beautiful and gifted. They are able to communicate telepathically and can feed off of human life force without killing their victims. Humans crave the high technology that Yamas have developed and accept the "rohn" into their world in exchange for the use of this advanced technology.

Inspector Adrian Philips, is a detective and peacekeeper, policing both human and "rohn" communities. He loves his work, is ambitious and has his heart set on moving up in his field, using whatever politics necessary. Roxanne McAllister is a lovely but eccentric artist, a painter, daughter of a deceased diva and an unknown father. She is an outcast from polite society because of her illegitimacy and her eccentricity. Roxanne lives on the edge of the Avvar slums with two boys who she picked up on the streets, starving and desperately in need of a home. Adolescent Charles, 5 year-old Max, (right out of Dickens), and Roxanne make-up an unusual but loving family of three...until Inspector Philips enters the picture.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By omnireader on October 17, 2004
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I first ran across Emma Holly in the HOT BLOODED anthology and went on to read HUNTING MIDNIGHT. Both those books concerned shape-shifting vampires and I was intrigued by both the concept and the remarkable "steaminess" of the stories. In THE DEMON'S DAUGHTER, Holly has created an alternative reality in which the worlds of beautiful, technologically advanced demons and humans overlap. This imagined world bears a great resemblance to Victorian era London. Inspector Adrian Phillips of the Securite Service has allowed himself to be implanted with demon powers and finds himself alienated from both human and demon society alike. After suffering an attack by humans who serve the demons while searching for a missing boy, he is rescued by a half-demon woman, Roxanne McAllister. While recuperating in her home, he finds himself falling in love with her while trying to resist a relationship that would destroy the ambitious police career he has been building.

Emma Holly's trademark erotic scenes are very hot indeed, and there is a sweetness and vulnerability in both Adrian and Roxie that I find very appealing. The secondary plot concerns the appearance of Roxie's powerful and enigmatic demon father in her life and his intentions toward her. The book probably should be 4 stars, because the wrapping up of the secondary plot seems a bit rushed, almost an afterthought. However, the character development is so strong and the book so entertaining, I had to go for 5! THE DEMON'S DAUGHTER is a definite "keeper". I don't know if there are the seeds of a series here, but I'd enjoy another visit to Adrian and Roxie's world.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Deborah MacGillivray HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 6, 2004
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Emma Holly is one of the hottest cutting-edge writers in today's market. She's gaining a strong fan base for her sizzling Romantica tales (Strange Attractions, Personal Best and her Black Lace books) to her Paranormals (Catching Midnight, Hunting Midnight and the novella in Hot Blooded) and Victorian Era (Beyond Innocence, Beyond Seduction). Frankly, I think Emma Holly can¯and does¯write anything she wants and does it unlike any writer around. Her writing is frank, open and she loves to walk on the wild side.

This time she ventures into another Paranormal tale that is both exciting and very original. It has the feel of another series, and one I will be looking forward to when they tales come! The range of Holly's writing is amazing, her deeply drawn characters and strong plot really set her above others Romantica writers. She succeeds while others often don't make the bar, because her works are well researched, and she gives such heart to her heroine and hero.

Set in the Victoria era, Inspector Adrian Philip of Securite Service, is more than a typical policeman, he is the keeper of peace between demons and humans. He has accepted implants in his body that enable him to have incredible strength, and to assume the powers of a demon for short periods. By accepting this role of protector of both, he belongs to neither. Adrian is an outsider in both worlds.

When Adrian seeks a missing boy, he is attacked by a local gang. Using his demonic implanted powers, he escapes. After using the powers, he is weakened and collapses in a courtyard of Roxanne McCallister. Roxanne is also an outcast, a half-breed, part demon, part human. She takes Adrian in and treats him. Adrian is very attracted to Roxanne, but knows no woman will want him.
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