Reviewed by Dee
TITLE: Imperial Demons
SERIES: Blood Canticles #4
AUTHOR: Naomi Clark
PUBLISHER: Evernight Publishing
LENGTH: 251 Pages
Release Date: November 5, 2017
Magic can make you mad. Love can make you dangerous.
Tristesse is gone, taken between worlds to be the bride of a sadistic demon prince. And Lola will do anything to get her back. Crossing into Gehenna is only the start. Hunted by monsters and accompanied by allies she can’t trust, Lola must endure the horrors of the demon world, and embrace the darkness of demon magic. If it doesn’t consume her, it might just save both her and Tristesse.
But in Gehenna nothing is guaranteed. Nothing except pain
This is the fourth book in the Canticles series and every bit as riveting as the others. With that said, I feel this can be read as a standalone.
As per the blurb, Lola is on a mission to rescue her lover, Tristesse. The majority of the story is told from Lola’s point of view, but there are a number of jumps to see how Tristesse is faring.
While I’m not a huge reader of urban fantasy, Naomi continues to woe me with her plots. The world building is exquisite, and done in such a way I never felt lost, quite the opposite. I found myself fascinated by the blood rituals, demons, demoness, blood hounds, and in this instalment, a helping of necromancy. No humans were harmed or resurrected in this story. I’m reluctant to say more on that front but, despite the bizarre circumstances, I totally bought into it.
The demon, Thorn, gave this story a lot of depth. He made me feel all kinds of weird things, enamored by him, creeped out, and even sad.
Although the crux of this story is Lola’s plight to save her lover, this is not a love story. The climax, no pun intended, is a long time coming. The suspense, edge of the seat, oh my god, how is this going to end, is what made this story a winner.
There’s an ending, no cliffhanger, but I’d call it an open-ending. I, for one, can’t wait to see where the author takes this series next.