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The Demon Lover: A Novel (Fairwick Trilogy) Paperback – December 27, 2011
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“[Juliet] Dark develops a complex, detailed world where magic, reason, and gothic literature enjoyably intersect.”—Publishers Weekly
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What I did not like were the constant inconsistencies: Imagine a professor being stupid enough to allow a undergraduate to catalog erotica in their house - and the dean of the college agreeing to it! Callie's immature ability to set boundaries and limits, and the obvious conclusions of the various dramas swirling through it are tiring, although not a deal breaker. The fact that Dark basically eliminates Callie's familiar for one third of the book is bizarre, though. The rule of the smoking gun is a hard limit for me. Use it or cut it. I disliked that she introduced a completely new character to do the dirty work - unconnected to anything else in the story. Reintroducing the three women and appearance of the manacles for immediate use without much explanation or context was jarring. Given her undeveloped connections to them, and the mixed evidence presented, I simply don't believe that her even going through the motions of sending her lover to a permanent hell, without more thought, is all that believable.
So here I am frustrated and grouchy - kind of like after being with a date who leads you on all night and then says he suddenly has to go home without even kissing you goodnight. If this book were a man he would have a lot of 'splainin' to do, as Ricky Ricardo would say. At the end, Callie falls completely out of character. Dark already firmly established that she would be neither mature nor heartless enough to endure knowing he is in terrible pain, possibly for eternity, especially if it could be due to her own actions. It is clear by the final scene she is in love with this creature and knows he has a true heart, as she stands by the door with the key to release him hanging from her neck. There is less than nothing to support the idea that she would walk calmly back toward the house.
Honestly, it feels like her editors decided the book was too long and told her to make it into two or three - but she didn't have the skill and they didn't have the back bone to help her rework the story line to accommodate it. The book is terribly marred by this. Yes, I will read the sequel if I notice when it comes out. For all its flaws I did think it was worth reading.
In the meantime, I say: Get on it, Dark, and don't disappoint me again.
The Demon Lover is about Callie, a college professor, who is visited by a "demon lover." It delves into the discovery of the demon lover, the mysterious circumstances at her college in upstate New York, and other magical/mythical themes.
I may just be overloaded with the magical settings (think Twilight, Harry Potter, Discovery of Witches, etc.), but this book just didn't seem to grasp my fictional attention like the others did. I like Carol Goodman's brand of literary suspense and I wish this book had kept up with what she does well. Her characters are usually so well-developed, but I found this book had too many to keep up with to really get involved. I don't often struggle to finish a book, but this one was a fight to the finish. It pains me to say so, but I just didn't enjoy this book.
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Carol Goodman has written under the pseudonym Juliet Dark before but writes this under her real name.I do not know what her other books under Juliet Dark are like so can only assume they must be very different to use an alternative name as some authors do when they change style.I feel Carol succeeds beautifully with this book.She creates vivid imagery throughout this story and includes lots of attention to detail which introduces you to many endearing characters and mythical creatures.
I found, this book although very much an adult read, was written in a very YA style, being an easy, light read.
Callie McFey (Dr),arrives at Fairwick for an interview at the local college to teach folklore. Callie is also a writer. After some thinking time she decides to take on the post at detriment to her dream of teaching in New York and making a life with her boyfriend Paul.She comes across an old Victorian house that backs onto inviting woods whilst in Fairwick. The house is for sale and is called Honeysuckle House.Callie purchases Honeysuckle House that seems to suck her into it's charms before she even seals the deal.Soon she is visited by a presence that seems to be made of shadow and moonlight. This shadow has powers, powers that do not feel healthy but she can not reject it and it feels so right.How can something so wrong feel so right.
Callie soon comes to realise that there is a lot more going on in Fairwick than meets the eye.
If I am to pick any negative points, it would be that some pages (very few) seemed to waffle in places it need not.I found myself scanning over these sections and maybe in one or two places, the intimacy was just too much and began to bore, to be in the book.
I very much enjoyed reading this book with its gothic, myth and folklore imagery. I was very surprised that I enjoyed it so much with all the intimacy in it's pages.
I am looking forward to the next story in the chronicles, that is called Water Witch.
The story was slow to begin with, to the point I had been reading it for several days and was still only 25% of the way through. I could easily set the book down and walk away to do other things, and when I had time to read I didn't rush to pick up my kindle , but I could see this story had potential to be great. So I continued to read it.
Soon after the story develops some real depth, you discover more about Callie and the people around her and you realise this town and college is not all that it seems. At this point it becomes a story i couldnt leave alone.
From here on in you become embroiled in the magic of faeries, witches, vampires and other mystical creatures. As Callie's knowledge of her surroundings grow so to does yours.
The story is well written and not once did I feel overwhelmed with information, back story or descriptive text (of which there is a lot). I honestly cant wait to read more in the Fairwick Chronicles.
I enjoyed this book so much i purchased paperback copies of the entire series
I really enjoyed this book, the author goes into a lot of detail on certain things such as the house and the woods which really helps to picture what it looks like. Once I started this book I couldn't put it down, there are some twists and turns and one that I didn't see coming which I always enjoy. You can't help but fall in love with this book and I will be reading it again. I recommend to anyone who likes paranormal books.
There's a great mix of characters. At times I found myself feeling sorry for the incubus, then disliking him, before reeling back to wanting there to be a happy outcome for him, and of course, Callie. I enjoyed this book so much I ordered the second in The Fairwick Chronicles as soon as I closed the last page!
I really can't recommend this book. I feel that the author invented her characters, plotted each chapter and then sat at her desk, arm curved around her exercise book, scribbling away with her tongue poking out of the corner of her mouth in concentration. If you like this sort of crossover fantasy, try the seminal Bull or the excellent Holly Black is my advice.
I'm not fond of Love stories but this just sucked me in and I was lost in the story of Callie and the Incubus, this book has been one of my absolute favourite reads this year.
High praise for the Fairwick Chronicles, and I have now purchased the next books to delve into.
The most annoying thing is that none of the characters seem able to see what's right underneath their noses. And even when they get it so terribly wrong, they're still fairly unrepentant. The writing is pretty, the descriptions evocative, and the story does pull you along nicely. But some things will have you tearing your hair out in exasperation!