Author: Alexa Egan
Genre: Historical Paranormal Romance
Length: Novel (384pgs)Release Date: Dec 26 2012
A rising star on the Covent Garden stage, Bianca Parrino believes she has everything she wants. Independence. Wealth. And a life finally free of her violent, abusive husband. But when her close friend, Adam, is murdered, and Bianca is suspected in his death, she is unwittingly drawn into the search for his killer, and soon must question everything she believes—about her friend, about herself, and about a world she never knew existed.
A member of the mysterious race of shape-shifting Imnada and part of an elite military unit, Captain Mac Flannery gathered intelligence during the Napoleonic wars. As a result of a savage massacre, Mac and the men he served with are cursed. Now one of them has been found murdered, and Mac suspects the existence of the Imnada has been discovered at last. His only link to unearthing the truth is the beautiful actress who turns up unexpectedly at Adam’s funeral.
Before long, Mac has more to contend with than Bianca’s overt mistrust, his ill-fated attraction to the haughty and beautiful actress, and his ongoing search for an end to the curse. Because Adam’s killer is back, and Mac is next on his list.
Demon's Curse was a great beginning to a series that has a lot of potential and tons of story to build on. If you're not a fan of historicals don't be shy. The time period is almost a moot point. Yes, you get carriages and some mention of the ton and aristocracy, but for the most part the story could very easily take place in modern times.
Bianca and Mac's unlikely pairing was great to read. With both suffering past hurts,prejudices, and uncertain futures their ultimate coming together was wonderful. Everyone deserves a happy ending, and while theirs had a fair share of bumps in the road it never seemed to drag and left me satisfied.
My only complaint would be there were a lot of characters introduced. YES it's the beginning of the series, but there were times I felt lost. I almost wanted to make my own character tree to give my laboring mind a break.(HA! since I wrote this review Ms. Egan has been kind enough to make an Imnada Lexicon. It's not exactly a character tree, but sure is helpful :)
I'm not entirely sure what the future holds for the remaining characters introduced in Demon's Curse, but I'm curious where the story will go. With the dark-fey curse still lingering, a war with the 'others' and humans on the horizon, and an internal struggle within the Imnada the possibilities are staggering. I foresee a long running and highly enjoyable series beginning here.
I'm recommending this one for lovers of paranormal romance that are looking for more than a quick, sweet story. You will be pulled into the magical parallel reality created by Alexa Egan and not want to leave :)
For and excerpt from Demon's Curse be sure to visit Egan's website here.