Author: Juliet Dark
Series: Fairwick Chronicles,
Genre: Romantic Paranormal Fantasy
Publisher: Random House Publishing
Source: Review copy from publisher
“Since accepting a teaching position at remote Fairwick College in upstate New York, Callie McFay has experienced the same disturbingly erotic dream every night: A mist enters her bedroom, then takes the shape of a virile, seductive stranger who proceeds to ravish her in the most toe-curling, wholly satisfying ways possible. Perhaps these dreams are the result of writing her bestselling book, The Sex Lives of Demon Lovers. After all, Callie’s lifelong passion is the intersection of lurid fairy tales and Gothic literature—which is why she finds herself at Fairwick’s renowned folklore department, living in a once-stately Victorian house that, at first sight, seemed to call her name.
But Callie soon realizes that her dreams are alarmingly real. She has a demon lover—an incubus—and he will seduce her, pleasure her, and eventually suck the very life from her. Then Callie makes another startling discovery: He’s not the only mythical creature in Fairwick. As the tenured witches of the college and the resident fairies in the surrounding woods prepare to cast out the incubus, Callie must accomplish something infinitely more difficult—banishing this demon lover from her heart.”
The Demon Lover is the first book in the Fairwick Chronicles by Juliet Dark.
I thought The Demon Lover was a YA novel, but after couple of pages and some steamy scenes I realized my mistake. I should have read the blurb, I guess the beautiful cover is to blame in this case. Also it’s very difficult to categorize this book, it’s not a paranormal romance nor an urban fantasy, it’s more like a mix of paranormal, romance and fantasy with a gothic touch.
The blurb describes very well what The Demon Lover is about. Adding more to it will be giving too much away of the story.
The pace during the first chapters of the book was a bit slow, but after a while the pace picks up and story becomes really interesting.
What made this book a good book was its characters, especially the secondary characters and its setting.
I liked Callie, even though sometimes she felt too dense, I don’t know if she couldn’t see what was in front of her or maybe she just didn’t want to see the obvious.
The Demon Lover aka the incubus is a mysterious character with very strong feelings. It was easier for me to connect with him than with Callie because his reason and intentions were clear from day one.
As I said before I loved the secondary characters, they are all diverse and interesting, and they all bring something different to the story.
Some of them were really surprises, some other not that much but still they all complemented the story beautifully, making it more enjoyable. We learn a lot about them but still there is more to be discover. One of my favorite characters was Ralph, I loved how that tiny character had some much presence. He was just cuteness overload.
Another thing that was really nice about this book was the folklore. It’s clear Mrs. Dark knows what she’s writing about, she knows her legends and her mythology. Even though I knew some of the legends outlined in the book, some other were completely new.
Now let’s talk about of the setting, the town of Fairwick is a complex character in its own. With its gothic university, the “enchanted” forest, and the magic houses, Fairwick became a place I would love to visit. Also Mrs. Dark writing is very vivid and precisely descriptive almost giving life to Fairwick. The world building is one of the best things this book has, the attention giving to detail was topnotch, I just needed to close my eyes to be in Fairwick.
The Demon Lover is well written and well paced (after first chapters), although a big predictable in regards to who the villain in the story is and other secondary plots, I can easily say it’s was a book I enjoyed. The end is not a proper cliffhanger but it’s one that will leave you scratching your head and wishing for the next book in this series, The Water Witch. Don’t expect a HEA because your won’t find one, you will find the hope and promise of what it could be and hopefully it will be.
The Demon Lover was my first book by Juliet Dark (she also writes as Carol Goodman) but I can guarantee you it won’t be my last. I may even check some of her previous works. If you like paranormal books with a gothic touch this is a book you may enjoy.
My Verdict: 4 Paws
Other Books in the series
The Demon Lover
The Water Witch (TBA)
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