Review: Demon Underground by S.L. Wright

5 Mar

Demon Underground by S.L. Wright
ROC (December 2010)
Mass Market: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-451-46367-8

Favorite Lines: “I knew my fear would intoxicate him like nothing else. But I felt as if I were back in his iron cage, as his hips pressed against me, his rigid erection rubbing painfully against me, as he choked the life out of me.” (p. 14)

Half human and half demon, Allay has finally embraced her new life. She works as a bartender on the Lower East Side, where she eases and draws energy from her patrons’ pain. she’s always tried to stay out of demon politics, but then she finds herself brokering a truce among New York City’s most powerful demons. Allay’s biggest concern is the demon Dread, who will stop at nothing to gain control of every demon–and every human–he can.

But with assassins around every corner, Allay is driven underground. In the abandoned tunnels beneath the city, Allay finds sanctuary among the desperate misfits and loners who have no other place to go. Still, it’s only a matter of time before the combatants in the growing war–especially the sexy and dangerous demon Ram–tempt Allay back above the surface to join in the fight…

Confessions of a Demon introduced us to Allay and S.L. Wright’s demon world set in New York. Demon Underground takes us to the day after Confessions of a Demon. If it’s been awhile since you read book one, you may want to pull it out and refresh your memory before reading Demon Underground.It’s a nice addition to the series.

On a side note: I think the description on the back of the book is slightly misleading as only about a quarter of the book actually takes place underground. There are plenty of other ways demons are underground, but as in actually living underground–Allay never lives underground.

This book will make you take a new look at Allay’s allies and will have you reconsidering the idea of demons coming out to the human world. It’s not a feel good book, although the final page had me quite pleased with the direction of the series. It’s a world where demons consume and betray each other as the norm. Good thing Allay is not a normal demon.

Ram, Mystify, Bliss, Shock and Crave all have large roles in this book. But when Allay takes a drastic step toward the future their roles in her life become shadowy. Will they stick by her side? Will they follow her lead? Are they really on her side?

Were you left wanting to know more about Ram in the first book? Well this book demolishes the walls that barred his secrets from Allay. Want to know what his life is and was like before Allay? This book will tell you.

My final thoughts: When I turned the last page of the book I wasn’t left with a warm or fuzzy feeling. I felt like there were tons of anvils waiting to fall on Allay in the future. I was satisfied but still felt tense. Demon Underground is a dark urban fantasy with a satisfying romantic thread, the demise of several possible plot directions, and tons of a hint at the consequences which will need to be explored in the next book.

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