- File Size: 2844 KB
- Print Length: 694 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Watchfire Press (February 22, 2017)
- Publication Date: February 22, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06WWHYR52
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,245 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Half-Demon Rogue: The Complete Urban Fantasy Trilogy Kindle Edition
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Since Kalos has been in Texas there’s a detective who’s made it is mission to bring him down, wither by putting him in jail or killing him (which would be hard but not impossible, although the cop doesn’t realize it); he just knows there’s something wrong about him and since he’s a bit of a bully he tries to make his life as unpleasant as possible.
After an incident at his office the police are called; Kalos needs to delay them so he can clean the scene up a little. Unfortunately every time he uses magic he loses some of his soul and he also has to pull a little from someone or something else and this time he pulls it from Detective Scott and spend the remainder of the series reminding himself that he made the worst choice possible in using Scott and it made a bad situation worse. Unfortunately after living so long and even using magic as little as possible Kalos has lost a lot of his humanity and feels the darkness seeping in; he’s fighting it but it’s getting harder and each story shows him slipping a little further.
There’s a prophecy that says that he will save humanity, he doesn’t really believe it but as events start to unfold he realizes that too many powerful entities and humans are trying to stop him so there must be something to the prophecy.
There’s lots of action and magic in this series; all the character are well-drawn and while there were a few errors in the Kindle edition they weren’t glaring or distracting. There is a love interest but no sex; it’s very clean which I enjoyed. I recommend that readers get the whole series; each book has a cliff-hanger so it’s ideal to be able to go to the next book as soon as you finish.
>>>>> Review of Demon Rogue - Book 1 <<<<<
Kalos Aeon is a half-demon salvage retrieval specialist. He was approached in a parking lot by a woman looking for a PI. She had a dangerous assignment. She had a picture of an animal carved up and dismembered for its magical essence. The body, regardless of whether dead or alive, had to be retrieved. Something out there was going to be getting way too powerful soon and would put the entire supernatural community in danger! Then she placed a talisman on the desk that had Kal freaking out!
Kal is a different kind of hero, not terribly organized, not always using common sense, not really prepared properly for the things he faces in his chosen profession. But there’s something about him that makes the reader like him. The other assorted cast of characters are also very different and interesting. The underlying humor throughout the story keeps it interesting and drives the reader forward to see how things are going to turn out. Sometimes it’s irritating and sometimes not, but I think it’s a good read and I’m glad I have the box set to enjoy.
Book 1: Demon Rogue (4 stars; as a stand-alone it would've been 3 stars due to its cliffhanger)
Ok, I'm gonna get this off my chest first: when Demon Rogue came out as a stand-alone book I got it but didn't review. The reason? It had a frustrating cliffhanger. If you're someone who hates cliffhangers then I wouldn't buy this book unless you intended to buy all three which, luckily is not an issue in the combined volume.
Having stated the above, Demon Rogue is actually a really enjoyable book. I think the plot is strong, find the lead character, with his unique magical nature and humanizing ineptness (and stubbornness), to be a great one , and love the noir-ish mystery elements.
Book 2: Blood Frost (4 stars)
Blood Frost was simply a fun Dresden style (but with its own very distinct vision of creative "world") urban fantasy that is chock full of interesting characters and adventure. I loved both the star and his side-kick. I'm not going to summarize the story as the publisher's blurb and other reviews of the book itself have done so well enough, but I will say that - in the context of this combined tale - the combination of Demon Rogue and Blood Frost is a clear winner.
Book 3: Moon Burn (5 stars)
Quite simply this is a five star book for anyone who has been reading the Half Demon Rogue series to date. Great plot, excellent writing and strong / well-developed characters. Action and magic. Wow. Everything needed in a continuation to the series. Great stuff. (One caveat: you do need books 1 and 2 before reading this one.)
Bottom line: combined into one no-cliffhanger volume this is a book worth getting