Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Review: Mark of the Sylph by Rosalie Lario (Demons of Infernum #2)

Publisher - Entangled Publishing
Publication Date - September 2011
Paperback - 268 pages
Genre - Paranormal Romance

Source - Received from publisher for review

Rating - 5 out of 5: It was amazing!

Book Info - Half-demon Taeg is desperate to free his pregnant sister-in-law, who is spellbound to an indestructible book that will create an army of the undead. He is convinced that an ancient sword can destroy the book and the spell forever, but this relic has been hidden for a millennia by a powerful glamour. The clock begins to run out on his search when an old rival goes after the book and Taeg’s family in his quest for revenge.

Librarian Maya Flores has a secret: she’s immune to magic and is well aware of the supernatural beings prowling the streets of New York City. Haunted by a brutal demon attack that took her family, she is on a one-woman mission to destroy the evil demons who did it—and any others who get in her way.

Maya is Taeg’s best hope for uncovering the sword. Unfortunately, she wants nothing more than to kill him. As he fights for her trust and to save his family, she is forced to face the truth that not all demons are evil. And the worst part? She might be falling in love with one, too.

My Thoughts - I really enjoyed the first book in the series so I was very excited about reading Mark of the Sylph. When I first started reading this book I really did think it was going to be a disappointment. The author decides to start the novel with our hero, Taeg, kidnapping Maya, which is exactly the way that Keegan and Brynn meet in Blood of the Demon (not to mention how the hero seems to meet the heroine in most PNR novels!). I was worried that book two would end up being book one but with different characters. But luckily I carried on reading and I was proved wrong. The author is able to get away with using the kidnapping storyline again because she doesn't take it all too seriously. Even the characters are laughing and joking about the similarities between how the two couples meet. This meant that I didn't take it too seriously either and I could enjoy the rest of the novel without feeling frustrated. Plus, the rest of the storyline is nothing like Blood of the Demon either.

My favourite thing about this book were the two main characters. I have to admit to falling a little bit in love with Taeg *swoon*. Not only is he gorgeous and a bit of a charmer, but he doesn't take life too seriously. In most books I have read with demons as a main character, they have tended to have a very woe-is-me attitude and they do a lot of brooding. But Taeg isn't like that at all and he is like a breath of demon fresh air. He likes a laugh and likes flirting with the ladies. Plus he completely accepts what he is and doesn't feel like he has anything to be ashamed of. He definitely doesn't have a chip on his shoulder like a lot of other demon main characters I could mention.

Maya is a great main character too. She is completely kick-ass and doesn't take any nonsense from Taeg. In fact there are many times at the beginning of the book where she tries to kill him because of what he is. But she has been through a lot in her life and as Taeg starts to earn her trust the reader starts to see a more vulnerable side. Maya and Taeg complement each other really well as a couple and there are some very steamy scenes between the two of them.

The storyline moves along at a good pace with a balance between action, romance and plot. The ending is great, with some twists that I didn't see coming. I just love the world that Ms. Lario has created in this series and I can't wait to read more about the brothers in the upcoming books in the series.

Summary - I have fallen in love with this series and I really can't recommend it enough to fans of the paranormal romance genre. You need to read this book TODAY!!!

Other books in the series:
1. Blood of the Demon
2. Mark of the Sylph
3. Touch of the Angel
4. Heart of the Incubus

Other reviews of this book:
Awesome Sauce Book Club / Grave Tells / Reading Between The Wines Book Club / The Romanceaholic


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