Friday, August 24, 2012

ARC Review The Demon Bride by Dianna Hardy

Title: The Demon Bride (The Witching Pen Novellas, #3)
Author: Dianna Hardy
Source: Request
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Length: Novel (approx 280pgs)
Published by Satin Smoke Press
Release Date August 31, 2012

 Two thousand and eleven years after the birth of the Failed One, the Witching Pen will be made manifest on Earth by the Great Shanka Witch of the Old Scrolls. 
By her hand, the Earth will rumble and shatter, and all dimensions will bleed into one.

The true purpose of the Witching Pen has been revealed, and it must be destroyed before an apocalyptic prophecy comes true. There's just one problem -- the Pen is indestructible.

As everyone searches for much needed answers, Elena lays down plans for a radical mission to save her mother from the Shanka's shadow world.

Meanwhile, Mary has finally discovered who she really is, and what that means for the human race.

What Mary doesn't know, is that Gwain has been searching for her for over ten thousand years, and had lost all hope of finding her. Now that he has her, he's faced with an impossible choice: does he save the woman who altered his very existence, or does he sacrifice her to save mankind?

*This review contains some spoilers from the first two installments of the Witching Pen Novellas.*

Witches,and Demons, and Fae, and Angles,and Dragons OH MY! (And Dorothy thought she had it bad!)

Take everything you think you know about the apocalypse/armageddon and forget it. Dianna Hardy has taken no less than four theological standards and mixed them together to create one hell of a story.

In the conclusion to the Witching Pen Novellas there is a ton of story to absorb.  Elena and Karl (The Witching Pen) are on a mission to rescue Elena's mom from a demon dimension.  Amy, Pueblo, and Paul/Etienne's (The Sands of Time) story continues with a shocking discovery.  But the main focus is on Gwain and Mary. I don't want to give anything away, just know that their love is quite possibly one of the most epic I've ever read.  'Star crossed lovers' doesn't even begin to convey the depths of their connection.

Throughout the trilogy the story has gradually crossed the bounds from paranormal romance to urban fantasy. While the relationships between the heroes and heroines is still a  huge part of The Demon Bride I feel the author has respectfully taken the last step to UF.  I look forward to reading more about how the couples handle what the future holds in the spinoff, full-length novel The Last Dragon. (slated for release in early 2013)

*To completely grasp the story you must read books 1 and 2.  Dedicate the next three spots on your 'To-Be-Read list to the Witching Pen Novellas. You will not be disappointed!

 It's hard being the most powerful witch on the planet. It's even harder when you're a twenty-five year old virgin who'll lose all of that power the moment you sleep with someone ... that's why Elena's never slept with her best friend and flatmate, Karl, despite the true feelings they harbor for each other.

Elena's about to discover that there are even more difficult things in life to deal with. One of them comes in the form of a pen she discovers one day, a pen that allows anything she writes to come to pass...

Suddenly, it's not just her powers or her heart that's at stake, but her very soul, as a dream demon with a seductive pull uses the pen to try and turn her away from her reality, and from Karl.

But the pen is just the beginning. Everything Elena has believed in is a lie, and her world is about to fall apart...
Seven days ago, Elizabeth May tried to commit suicide. She was found by Paul, her husband, who took her under his wing and back to their home. But the attempted suicide is not Elizabeth's main problem -- Elizabeth can't remember who she is, or a single thing about her life beyond the past week.

Plagued by nightmares about a familiar black panther, and a terrifying snow leopard, she is convinced that the dreams are trying to show her something important, and is determined to regain her memories, one way or another.

Meanwhile, Pueblo -- the demon blood-bonded to the witch, Amy -- is going insane trying to find her. Amy disappeared one week ago, and it seems not even their bond is strong enough to penetrate whatever magic hides her.

As Pueblo enlists the help of angels and demons alike, Elizabeth begins to piece together parts of her forgotten life. But what she uncovers may just have her wanting to turn away from who she really is ... for good.

*Be sure to check in on August 31 when Diana Hardy will be doing a guest post and offering a giveaway!

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