- File Size: 2452 KB
- Print Length: 70 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: March 13, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00U8B8HQU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,200,836 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
A Demon's Gift Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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I'm left with quite a few questions about background and history, I wish it were a full length novel so that the author could have went into more detail. I think this story could have made for a very interesting and enjoyable full length series. I loved the plot and the characters were engaging. The dual POV gave a glimpse into the minds of both of the main characters and I enjoyed seeing it from their perspective.
In the end I found it to be an enjoyable short read and I'd love to see more of this world. It kept me engaged from start to finish. I recommend this to anyone who likes paranormal short stories with a bit of heat.
The most telling part of this work is the way Cordelia and Argoth spar with each other over the course of the story. From the first moment, there is a connection, a reason for the story to unfold and that sets a tone throughout the rest of telling. Two strongly written characters who have their own wills, needs and desires. The internal struggles through which each must make their own choices, good or bad, and learn to deal with them. What I found the most telling of all was the histories of each. The secrets that are held in each of their pasts are not tossed out all at once, there is a reason for each part of the story to be told.
Argoth’s character tells of his honour, his needs, but always there is a fear within him that holds tightly. Finding out what that is, who that is, takes him from being a thinly written character into something far more. At the beginning, perhaps, there is a moment when he seems to be slightly obvious in what he is, a sex demon as he is described, possibly more accurately an Incubus, but that fades quickly as his real self comes out and tries to connect with Cordelia. There are two beings with “humanity” in this work, he is one. Cordelia is the other.
Cordelia herself is a bit of a hot mess through most of the story, but over time she grounds herself, learns about who she is, and in doing so that answers a lot of questions she has held for a very long time. It is clear there is something different about her, it is a bit telegraphed at times, but not too badly so. When the truth comes out, when she embraces it, there’s a certain lovely innocence that comes out overtop of who she has been and I really enjoyed that.
The work tells a complete, passionate tale, but it also leaves some questions unanswered, the fate of one character close to Argoth unclear for one, what exactly Cordelia will do with her life now a bit less unclear, but open to interpretation. The ending is satisfying nonetheless and in that I couldn’t help but smile.
I do wish that the story was longer, to allow for, perhaps, a little more happy in the ending, to find that piece of closure that Argoth does not have in the end. The ending tells the story, but it allows for more to be told and I’d really like that to happen. Solid writing, characters with depth, presence, and more. A touch of heat which does not overcome the story itself. All in all a wonderful read and the pleasure that comes with having that.
I’ll give this work five out of five pitchforks.
A wonderful story, fully realized characters and a universe that feels right from the first word to the last. I’d love to see where this story goes from here, there are more than enough hooks in the story to allow that to happen and I hope it does sometime…