- Release Date
- April 2011
Conquered, the Demon King has been banished to Abyss--but he is far from dead. A greater danger awaits Ginny Jones and the Demonslayers in this spellbinding, highly sensual paranormal romance. . .
Stand By Me
The women of Lemuria are still in chains. The daughter of an enslaved warrior, brutally attacked by a vicious guard, Selyn has survived--barely. Beaten and terrified, she must overcome her fear and trust her life to the only man who can help her: Dawson Buck, one from Earth who has crossed through the portal, a gifted healer. His skills and knowledge renew her body and strengthen her spirit--and awaken a compelling passion she has never known. But she cannot yield...
Selyn seeks revenge for herself and her mother and all the Forgotten Ones who toil in secret. If Dawson helps her, his own life may be forfeit. And for Selyn, true love does not ask such sacrifices. . .
Aug 24, 2011 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
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STARFIRE, the third book in Kate Douglas's Demon Slayer series, has more action than a NASCAR speedway. Don't blink; you're sure to miss something.
I'm new to the Demon Slayer series. I gotta say, start with book one. I spent a great deal of this book confused, rereading to try to make sense of the multitude of characters and the foreign Lemuria world. STARFIRE is sold as a paranormal romance. I guess technically, this is true. Each of the DemonSlayer books does have an HEA (happily ever after) for a different couple. In STARFIRE that would be Lemurian Selyn and human Dawson Buck. But this book read more like an Urban Fantasy to me. The political plot dominated the story, giving secondary characters (leads in previous books) equal time as the romantic leads.
I can't enlighten you on previous books. I'm still not totally clear myself what transpired and how the Lemurians found the portals to Earth. What I do know is that there are demons and they have been at war with the Lemurians in the past. It is feared that Demons can possess the Lemurians and may have already done so in some select cases.
In STARFIRE, Selyn has escaped the caverns below the city to visit a friend. When a guard catches her wandering the passages, he beats her up and leaves her for dead.
Discovered by the friend she went to visit, he takes her to veterinarian Dawson Buck for healing and safekeeping. Dawson grew up captivated by fantasy novels. He can't believe he is living out his dreams by helping the Lemurian people. In the process, he falls in love with Selyn, a woman who may be thousands of years old, but far less experienced than he. Her awakening to everything from love to eggs was quite entertaining to read. It's always fun to see those fresh appreciative eyes take in the world for the first time.
I am torn on the overall characterization of this book. Once again, I feel that I've done myself a disservice by starting with book three. In my opinion, Ginny, a heroine from a previous novel seemed to dominate STARFIRE as the lead. I've been craving more action from previous lead characters in many of my favorite series, most notably the Black Daggar Brotherhood. Kate Douglas showed her mastery of allowing previous characters to maintain their strength and importance. She let her leaders keep leading and I applaud her for that. I am determined to go back to book one and enjoy this series as it is written. I love when a cast of characters expands with each book, and that extension strengthens the whole series. Few authors know how to allow so many characters to tell a story without losing the plot or cohesiveness. Being new to the series, I kept wanting the story to return to Selyn and Dawson, but I could tell those who follow the series would be able to appreciate the smooth transition between plots.
The DemonSlayer Series is definitely a recommended read for Urban Fantasy (UF) and Paranormal Romance (PNR) fans. The world is creative and intriguing, the characters compelling, and the overall story has me waiting for book four. Enjoy!
Update: Huge thanks go out to Ms. Douglas for sending me the first two books in the Demonslayer series. I loved them and you can find the reviews for DEMONFIRE and HELLFIRE here on The Romance Reviews. Book one does a great job of building the world in which this tale takes place. I recommend readers start there rather than jumping in the middle of the series. Having read the first two stories, I'd give STARFIRE five stars now. And frankly, I appreciate that Ms. Douglas didn't waste ink re-informing her fans of what they already knew. You can count me among the official Douglas Addicted. Pick this one up everyone, and… Enjoy!
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