The Devil’s Due by Jenna Black

26 Oct

Favorite Lines: “”And we’re supposed to put all those differences aside and work together as a team to put Lugh back on the throne?” I felt one of those annoying bouts of hysterical laughter coming on, but I managed to squelch it.” (ARC p.317)

Drama seems to love Morgan Kingsley. Yeah, she’s an exorcist with an attitude and the demon king’s host, but really does danger need to stalk her?

It doesn’t seem like her newest case is a big deal. Just find out if a man, Tommy, is illegally possessed or if he consented to house the demon in his body. Tommy’s mother doubts it, as does Morgan because Tommy was a card carrying member  of God’s Wrath, an extreme anti-demon group that believed demons and their hosts should be killed.

While Morgan investigates the possession, Lugh tells her of his plans to hold court on the mortal plane. This means that she must learn to let Lugh take control of her body. The idea is repulsive to Morgan even though it is for her safety (and Lugh’s). To sit back and allow another to be in control is not in her nature, but to survive she must learn to let Lugh in.

Jenna Black introduced us to Morgan Kingsley and her sidekicks in The Devil Inside . We learned about Morgan and the circumstances concluding in the demon king possessing Morgan. In The Devil You Know we found out that all is not what it seems and that violence seems to stalk Morgan and everyone associated with her. Now in The Devil’s Due we get to see that the demon king has a spine of steel. He will do whatever needs to be done to survive and those are usually in Morgan’s best interests.

Morgan doesn’t always agree with Lugh, but throughout The Devil’s Due she does the smart thing and allows Lugh to lead. This is totally against her nature, but it shows that she is not to stupid to live. This is a nice way in which Ms. Black has added growth to Morgan’s character. We still get the Morgan we met in book one, but she has not stagnated or stalled in her growth. (Who would have thought that hard headed Morgan could grow?)

As in the past, the secondary characters are just as important and interesting. They are complex and multi-faceted engaging characters. Dom, Adam, Lugh, Brian and Raphael make you love and hate them while adding spice to Morgan’s story.

With lines about Dom and Adam’s relationship, Morgan and Brian’s relationship, Tommy’s possession, the relationship between demon brothers, and the whole issue of the demon throne, to name a few, Ms. Black has written another enjoyable book in the Morgan Kingsley series. This variety of topics keeps the story exciting, intersting, and a quick read.

The Devil’s Due is a great footstep in the journey of Morgan Kingsley’s attempt to save the world and seat the demon king firmly on his throne. It is exciting, sexy and dark, yet the entire purpose of the story is to give light to humanity.

The Devil’s Due goes on sale November 25.

5 Responses to “The Devil’s Due by Jenna Black”

  1. LesleyW November 1, 2008 at 12:28 pm #

    Woohoo! I didn’t realize it was out so soon. 🙂

  2. scooper November 1, 2008 at 1:50 pm #

    Lesley: Oh yeah. There’s a page that sums up the entire plan of the book in a single paragraph. Come back after you read it if you see what I’m talking about.

  3. SciFiGuy November 1, 2008 at 6:44 pm #

    Definitely looking forward to this. Great review.

  4. scooper November 2, 2008 at 2:50 pm #

    SciFiGuy: Thanks.


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