Fantasy Romance, Angels, Demons
Paperback $14.99 (368 pages, ENTANGLED)
After demons leave the world in ruins, the Demon Slayer, Hunter, is the only man capable of protecting it. But when he’s hired to bring a thief to justice, Hunter gets more than he’d bargained for.
Raised in an abandoned temple as a priestess’s daughter, Airie is unaware that she is the half-breed spawn of a demon…and a goddess. In a time when half-breeds are despised by mortal and immortal alike, Airie’s ignorance of her true bloodlines is the only thing keeping her safe. Especially since spending her days wrestling the required sacrifices from visitors of the Goddesses’ mountain where she grew up doesn’t make her many allies.
But everything changes when Hunter tracks her down and discovers who she really is. With a demon attack forcing them to flee the mountain, Airie must place her trust in a man who believes she should never have been born. And with a demon uprising threatening the lives only he can save, Hunter must make a choice: abandon Airie to an uncertain fate, or slay his own personal demons and love her for who she truly is.
Author Site: paulaaltenburg.com
A truly rich world I can't wait to go back to! (5 stars)
If you've read the blurb you've got the basic gist of THE DEMON'S DAUGHTER. What can't quite be covered is just how great the world building here is. Hints that the setting is in fact a very far in the future Earth and where the Angels and Demons come from make this one of the freshest fantasy romances I've read in a very long time. Altenburg really knows how to deliver each small detail in a manner that makes the reader crave more, almost to the point of being distracting as the possibilities beg consideration.
If you took the romance between Airie and Hunter out you would still have a fabulous sandbox to play in and yet, their back-and-forth, and ultimately their coming together really makes it a great read. I loved that in spite of her sheltered and secluded upbringing she was quite strong. Hunter was mysterious enough to be interesting and arrogant enough to make his journey very pleasurable. I love a hero that starts off so confident in what's right and wrong, what he thinks is the truth, eventually finding that not everything is so black and white.
This is one of those reads that sweeps you away and keeps you up all night. One I would highly recommend to my blog followers who like things a little dystopian-ish, a hint post-apocalyptic, and with a fantasy world that would be just as good in a non-romance storyline. One of the best reads I've had so far this year.
Notes: Review copy received via publisher.
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