Private Demon: A Novel of the Darkyn
Signet, 2005 (2005)
Reviewed by Martina Bexte
ynn Viehl returns to the world of the
in this sequel to
If Angels Burn
. Every Darkyn has a particular power, whether the ability to read minds, turn invisible, or slip into another's dreams. Such is the talent of Thierry Durand, who's suffered the greatest betrayal at the hands of his wife. Unbeknownst to him, she was a minion of the
, the Darkyn's mortal enemy. Captured and tortured to the point of madness, Thierry is rescued by fellow Darkyn. But most are convinced that he will never fully heal from his ordeal.
hierry himself believes the same thing; until he encounters the quiet soul of Jema Shaw, his benefactor's neighbour, and a young woman who's been plagued by illness her entire life. Despite the '
' that her illness carries, Jema is determined to live her life to the fullest. By day she works as an antiquities expert in her family's museum, while at night she moonlights as a forensic consultant. Once she falls asleep, Thierry slips into Jema's dreams and in her '
' arms Jema is swept away into fantasies that become more and more appealing than real life.
iehl has created a singular society in the Darkyn, offering a satisfying and complex infrastructure with well thought out reasoning as to how and why they were
. Much more sinister are their mortal enemies, the Brethren, a world wide and secretive cadre of holy men who believe it their '
' right and duty to exterminate all Darkyn. They use their power and influence to capture, torture and destroy in the name of the church. In
, Viehl offers another nicely involved plot, with plenty of action, fine characterizations, as well as new plot threads and characters that demand further exploration in the next installment,
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