- Series: An Allay Novel
- Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Ace; Original edition (December 7, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451463676
- ISBN-13: 978-0451463678
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,775,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Demon Underground (An Allay Novel) Mass Market Paperback – December 7, 2010
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I will likely buy anything else the SL Wright publishes.
In Demon Underground, Allay is dealing with the aftereffects of having taken down one of the most powerful demons in New York City. The relationship she had begun with Ram, another very powerful demon, continues as a central theme of the book. Allay is constantly caught up in the tug-of-war between her mistrust of a demon more powerful than herself and an overwhelming sexual and emotional connection with Ram. It's not my favorite part of the book, but it fits with the genre.
Wright parades a number of different demon characters through the story. Many are merely normal demons trying to survive and find a place where they are safe. Some are powerful and manipulative, and don't live by a moral code that Allay can accept. This conflict of morality -- her human values versus the realities of being a demon -- makes for a large part of the difficulties that Allay has to face. She doesn't want to be a bad person, even if her definition of bad doesn't really apply to most demons.
The final theme is the conflict of hiding demons from humankind to avoid persecution. When one of the major demon players in the city makes plans to profit from a possible exposure of demonkind, Allay gets caught up in the middle of trying to stop it or at least protect herself and others from the aftereffects. Her solutions are unique and stressful for her, but that's part of what one expects in urban fantasy.
On the whole Demon Underground is passable. Wright's concept of demons and their symbiotic relationship with humans, introduced in Confessions of a Demon, is still my favorite aspect of the story. It's interesting and plausible enough to be a welcome change from the oversexed vampire/werewolf theme that we are often subjected to. Demon Underground falls short of its predecessor in that it focuses more on politics and relationships rather than continuing to develop innovative fantasy ideas. This series is decent, but not something that you want to place at the top of your to-be-read pile.
Being a unique hybrid places her in an odd position of no one trusting her and thus she is the perfect individual to foster an agreement to end the squabble between powerful fighting demons. However, as she works on the place, Allay has some doubts about what is going on. She fears she is being used as an expendable discard and though feeling paranoid as she believes assassins are flooding the streets with her as a target; she goes underground knowing the hostilities is about to explode into open urban warfare.
The second demon urban fantasy (see Confession of a Demon) continues the Manhattan saga of Allay trying to survive in a world where she feels she does not belong. The action-packed story line will hook readers from the onset as the heroine is trapped in a deadly demonic tug of war. Although it pays dividends to read the first exhilarating thriller to better understand key players especially the heroine, a mix of California mellow and New York shtick, Demon Underground is a super tale.
Most recent customer reviews
Sadly I found DEMON UNDERGROUND just as slow moving as CONFESSIONS OF A DEMON. Again I still enjoyed the plot and the characters.Read more