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Devil Without a Cause (Devil's Bargain, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – May 31, 2011
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"Readers will enjoy the Devil's manipulations and the sweet yet smoldering chemistry..." --Publishers Weekly
"Garey's ability to create characters with layers of depth is on full display here." --Romantic Times Magazine
"Ms. Garey has delivered a compelling story. An interesting take on a well-known literary figure, she strives to humanize a very inhuman being. I would recommend this to anyone that enjoys stories about angels and their ilk." - Dark Faerie Tales Reviews
From the Author
Having always been fascinated by legends and stories surrounding Satan's biblical fall from grace, I hope you'll enjoy reading a new version of this age-old story from a different perspective, that of the arrogant fallen angel whose lust for the flesh led him to defy his Creator. Tales of the Devil exist in almost every culture, with the battle of good vs. evil often reduced to horns vs. wings and pitchforks vs. harps. I tend to think it's a lot more complicated than that.
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Needless to say, the book was fantastic. I obsessively read page after page stopping for a couple of bathroom breaks and lunch. The writing was wonderful and the story engaging. Sammy was still the same character from the Nicki Styx series and yet seeing his world from his eyes made him a much more enjoyable character. His sarcasm here was spot on and his personality was a fantastic blend of evil incarnate, and sympathetic fallen angel. His home in Hell was unique and unlike any other Hell I have seen imagined in a novel. Mixing mythology, folklore, and Bilbical elements, many of the names and backstories seem familiar, yet twisted around and made into something unique and entirely the author's creation.
The story is about Sammy's devil's bargain with two people who find their lives suddenly entwined in a battle that could determine if they lose their souls to Sammy. For Faith, her eternal soul's damnation is the least of her worries. She is far more concerned about the life of her four year old son Nathan who has brain cancer. Sammy's bargain involves whether the poor child will live or die. Rock star Finn Payne made a pact with Sammy years ago, selling his soul for fortune and fame. Faith and Finn were both likeable characters from the start and I fell in love with young Nathan. The story never failed to make suprising twists and turns...this is not your standard romance story.
I am going to talk this book up to everyone that will have a lesson because I truly found reading it to be a wonderful way to spend most of my lazy Sunday. I wholeheartedly look forward to visiting Sammy's Hell again, the sooner the better. This book has definitely eased the pain of finding out the Nicki Styx series was concluded.
I am glad I listened to Jeaniene's advice because Devil Without a Cause did not disappoint. Much of the story does focus on Finn and Faith and the struggles they are enduring but, the Devil, aka Sammy, also plays a major role in the book. I am used to rooting against the villain and wishing harm would come to him, but I could not muster that kind of hatred for Sammy. He has been brought up before in Terri's Nicki Styx books, but since I have not read those yet, I was not familiar with him. Having not read the other books though, I did not feel lost during this story. I am interested to go back and read the Nicki Styx books now, but I read Devil Without a cause without a problem. As for the Devil himself, he is a clever, lying, cheating, pretty much all around evil guy, but for some reason I still loved him. I know, I know, he is the devil, but he was so funny, I could not help but look forward to his dialogue in the story. Terri puts a whole new spin on his reasons for being cast out of Heaven and I found it all fascinating. I am hoping this is going to turn into a series and we will see more from Sammy.
As for Finn and Faith, I did like the two of them and they had good chemistry. It was interesting to see them try to come together and solve both of their problems at once by getting out of a deal with the devil. Faith also had a son come into the mix and I will admit that I don't always like seeing children come into play in books. They tend to just slow down the pace and I am not a fan of that. However, Faith's son, Nathan, only enhanced the story. He was a burst a sunshine and happiness and helped to bring Finn and Faith together. They are both so busy trying to save their souls, they don't take the time to understand how precious love can be, Nathan was eager to remind them of that.
My only complaint for this book was the ending. It just felt a little abrupt. I felt the story was still at the tip of the climax and we did not get a real resolution. The story does not have a cliffhanger, but I wanted one more chapter or an epilogue just to tie everything up.
Overall though, I really enjoyed this book and the new world that Terri has introduced us too. I am keeping fingers crossed that this will turn into a series and we will get to see more from Sammy and whatever poor souls he manages to convince to enter a bargain with him.