Demons Not Included

Cheyenne McCray
Demons Not Included
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St. Martin's Press
Release Date
June 2009
Book 1 of Night Tracker
Action/Adventure Romance, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Vamps & Shifters Romance

Meet Nyx. This half-human, half–Drow private eye investigates paranormal crimes by day and is an elite Tracker of demons by night. She prefers working solo—and playing rough. So when a terrifying force starts murdering innocent humans and paranorms, and leaving strange demonic symbols burned into their buildings, it's a case Nyx takesvery personally…

Meanwhile, Nyx's fellow Trackers are being killed one by one—and a sexy new Tracker named Torin is shadowing her every move. Torin has powers Nyx can't read, and sometimes she wonders whose side he's on. Nyx's instincts tell her something's brewing in the city's meanest supernatural streets, and that it's ready to unleash hell on Earth. Who can she trust? Now it's five minutes to permanent midnight…and Nyx's last chance means risking everything—even her own life.

Book Review by Rho (reviewer)
Nov 17, 2010   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
145 people found the following review helpful
A fast-paced ride that will keep you on the edge of you seat. Get ready to be entertained!

Nyx is a half-human, half-Dark Elf princess living in New York City. By day, she appears human and runs a paranormal private investigations firm. By night, she's an amethyst-colored elf with blue hair who works as Tracker.

Trackers are a community of Otherworldly creatures who patrol the streets to keep them safe against other preternatural beings that are up to no good. She's good at what she does both during the day and at night. But when demons are killing Nyx's fellow trackers one by one, she must use every weapon in her arsenal to figure out who's behind it all, but the answers may come too late.

This is the first book in the Night Tracker series, an urban fantasy series following Nyx. It's fast-paced, action-packed, and suspenseful. The premise behind the story of a human by day, elf at night is something I haven't really read before, so I was intrigued from the beginning. I thought that this underground world of New York was great, as I could picture all of the preternatural beings roaming the streets amongst the unsuspecting Manhattanites. The characters in the story were great, although I wished we could have gotten a little more in depth with them. Olivia, Nyx's partner in the PI firm, was a particular favorite for me. I am hoping that we can delve deeper into the secondary characters in later installments.

Nyx was fascinating to me because she's this Dolce & Gabbana wearing priss who's kicking serious butt. I had to laugh out loud at the picture the author created when she said that she wore three-inch heels to crime scenes. But that all seemed to change in her Drow (Dark elf) persona, where she was a leather clad bad-ass whose only accessories are a belt with the buckle that is actually a throwing blade, and two swords that she's named Lightning and Thunder. She's definitely an interesting character.

I don't want to forget about the romantic element of the story. We have a bit of a love triangle here that I think opens up all kinds of possibilities going forward, and I'm interested to see where it leads. The few love scenes in the book were very steamy, and the sexual tension between Nyx and Detective Adam Boyd was palpable. We're left hanging a bit with the two of them, so I am hoping that we will get more answers about what's going to happen with them in later books.

My only complaint with the book was that there was too much explaining of Nyx's powers. I think that in the beginning of the book, it's alright to do that since we don't know who she is and what being half-human, half-elf will allow her to do. But by the end of the book, I was a bit put off with her saying that her Drow strength allowed her to do this, or her power to call the elements allowed her to do that. I think that most people would understand that if we are reading about someone who is paranormal, they are going to be able to do things that a normal human can't. I am hoping that this was only done because it was the first book in the series, and that it is not a constant.

Overall though, I really enjoyed this book. It was exciting, fast-paced, and suspenseful. It also had a nice romantic element that kept me interested. And while it wasn't perfect, it was definitely one heck of a ride. We get a bit of a cliffhanger at the end and a set up for the plot of the next novel. And I am now intrigued all over again.
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