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Speak of the Devil (Morgan Kingsley, Exorcist, Book 4) Mass Market Paperback – July 28, 2009


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Dell; First Printing edition (July 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440244935
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440244936
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“An exorcist with attitude, Morgan Kingsley is sure to win Black a legion of fans.” —Kelley Armstrong

About the Author

Jenna Black is your typical writer. Which means she's an "experience junkie." She got her BA in physical anthropology and French from Duke University. Once upon a time, she dreamed she would be the next Jane Goodall, camping in the bush making fabulous discoveries about primate behavior. Then, during her senior year at Duke, she did some actual research in the field and made this shocking discovery: primates spend something like 80% of their time doing such exciting things as sleeping and eating. Concluding that this discovery was her life's work in the field of primatology, she then moved on to such varied pastimes as grooming dogs and writing technical documentation.

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Jenna Black is your typical writer. Which means she's an "experience junkie." She got her BA in physical anthropology and French from Duke University.

Once upon a time, she dreamed she would be the next Jane Goodall, camping in the bush making fabulous discoveries about primate behavior. Then, during her senior year at Duke, she did some actual research in the field and made this shocking discovery: primates spend something like 80% of their time doing such exciting things as sleeping and eating.

Concluding that this discovery was her life's work in the field of primatology, she then moved on to such varied pastimes as grooming dogs and writing technical documentation. She is now a full-time writer and lives in North Carolina with her husband and two dogs.

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I love books with strong funny women.
Tammy C. Burks
It's still interesting to spend time with Morgan, and we do get some development of the second string characters here, but it doesn't move things forward.
E. Nolan
I'm looking forward to the next release.
C. Thilmany

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By E. Nolan VINE VOICE on July 31, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
To me this entry in the series seemed a bit of a water-treader. For the whole of the book, Morgan deals with problems which have nothing to do with the series meta-plot (the battle for the crown of the demon realm), including self-generated problems with her love-life.

It just seems to me that she could have worked through the same relationship issues while dealing with dangers from Dugall rather than from the random villian we are given here. It's still interesting to spend time with Morgan, and we do get some development of the second string characters here, but it doesn't move things forward.

I'm afraid that the resolution of the boyfriend issues was a bit of a let-down as well. We are built up for something much more kinky than what we actually got (which even as tame as it was, Morgan professes not to have enjoyed *that* way).

[And has our world always been the "mortal plain"? That caught my eye over and over as I was expecting "mortal plane"]
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tracy VINE VOICE on August 6, 2009
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Jenna Black writes a good book. I've been with the Morgan Kingsley series since the beginning, and while I thought the first and the fourth were weaker than the second and third for various reasons, I do enjoy the world she's created and the characters in them. Well, most of the characters.

Well paced and with a nice blend of continuity and ingenuity, Speak of the Devil is a nice read. There's quite a bit going wrong in Morgan's life right now, and not all of it self-induced. She's got a murder charge, a suspension, a cash flow problem, and serious boyfriend issues. Oh. AND she's possessed by the Demon King, Lugh.

Sucks to be her - big time.

As Morgan struggles to deal with those large helpings of misery, she also discovers she's got the anti-admirer from hell, literally, who's not pulling any punches in stripping her of even her friends and loved ones. Much fun to be had by all as Morgan's world starts crumbling more and more.

Looking at Speak of the Devil on its own merits, it's a tense book with nice plotting, and poor Morgan just can't catch a break, but it's a step down in the overall series, because where previous books were firm in setting up the obvious upcoming struggles between Lugh and Dougal, Lugh's usurper brother, this book shied away from that almost in total, and I think has less impact because of it.

Unfortunately, my major complaint with the series in total hasn't gotten any better. No matter how much I try, I can't warm up to Morgan. As a character, I find her tediously self-interested, judgmental, emotionally immature, at turns prudish and coarse. This is entirely my own personal opinion, but I feel she clings so tightly to preconceptions and quick fire assumptions that she keeps herself from any true growth.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Thilmany TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 29, 2009
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Morgan is the most powerful exorcist on the planet, but things have gone sour since she's been illegally hosting the king of demons in an effort to keep his enemies from finding him; in the long run, saving humanity.

Insurance has yet to pay out on her house fire. She's being sued by the father of a demon host the court ordered her to have exorcised, because the host ended up brain dead. She's broke since being suspended by the exorcism board pending the outcome of the lawsuit and investigation. The death threats have escalated. She's set up for murder and an unknown demon is holding a grudge against her, bent on making her life miserable. But worst of all, her inability to trust Brian without any reservations leads him to break up with her.

This 4th book in the series continues with the same cast of characters who are now part of Lugh's inner circle, many of whom hate or have issues with each other, making the task of working together interesting. But we're slowly learning more about each of the demons and Morgan finds the labels she originally assigned to them aren't necessarily holding true.

The different aspects of the relationships are good, the characters are interesting, and the sexual tension will make you squirm. I have an easy time feeling Morgan's emotions. And best of all, the story has not gotten old with the same ole same ole feel that happens by book 3 of many series. I had a difficult time putting the book down to go to sleep and woke up early to finish it. I'm looking forward to the next release.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Virginia B. Milburn on December 23, 2009
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The entire Morgan Kingsley series is trying. The series is like a cheap imitation of the Rachel Morgan (Kim Harrison) series with some Laurel K Hamilton sex thrown in. I read the first book, thinking it had some potential and I'd reserve judgement until I read the next one or two. From experience I can tell you that the first book is not the best judge of a series. Well after reading the next couple books in the series, I have to say....it's just not worth it. A fine read if you are bored and want a halfway decent, if mildly confusing story, but if you are looking for a series to fall in love with and characters to root for, then this is not the series for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa VINE VOICE on September 2, 2009
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This is the fourth book in the Morgan Kingsley, exorcist extraordinaire, series and I have to say I like the series very much. However, this book was not as exciting as the first three books were. Morgan is being set up for murder by an unknown demon. She is having issues with Brian, her lawyer boyfriend, and frankly, I wish Morgan would just move on, get over him and have sex with Lugh. That's just me. Adam, a demon police officer, and Morgan are finally warming up to each other and becoming somewhat reluctant friends. The overall running plot of the books is the King of the Demons, Lugh, is being hosted by Morgan, a demon exorcist. Basically Lugh is hiding in Morgan so that his brother Dougal can't find him and kill him on the Mortal Plain. That plot was not really furthered in this book, but was more of a mystery as to who had it in for Morgan. All in all, it was entertaining and quick to read but lacked the excitement and action the previous books held.
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