DEMON FROM THE DARK
Pocket Books, September 2010
Malkom Slaine, a Trothan Demon, despises vampires, because he was sold to a vampire as a child and became a blood slave. When Malkom grows strong enough, he starts rebelling against the vampires. Unfortunately, Malkom is betrayed by one of his comrades and is turned into what he hates most, a vampire. Now, Malkom is a combination of demon and vampire and is more powerful than either creature. Malkom takes vengeance on the vampire, who turned him, then escapes and holes up in the water mines for years. He, now, lives only for vengeance on the demon, who betrayed him.
Carrow Graie, a witch, has been captured by the Order and is being blackmailed to travel to Oblivion and lure Malkom back to her world, so that he can be captured. The Order has been capturing Lore beings, torturing them, and experimenting on them, and they want Malkom because of his uniqueness. There are very few vemons in existence, and the Order wants to learn all they can about them. After the Order threatens Ruby, a newly orphaned member of her coven, Carrow feels that she must go along with the Order, until she can figure out a means of escape.
Ms. Cole continues her Immortals after Dark series, which just keeps getting better. The characters are fascinating and the world is complex, and with each book, I'm further enchanted with the series. I didn't think that any other Lore character could come close to the affection, that I have for the Lycae characters, but Malkom did it. Malkom is a very tortured character, who has known only pain and betrayal. When Carrow first meets him, Malkom has been alone for so long, that he is almost beyond redemption. The time spent between Carrow and Malkom in the first part of the book is poignant. Carrow, who was an irresponsible partier, must grow up, face some harsh choices, and put someone else's needs ahead of her own. Malkom's distrust of Carrow is perfectly understandable, and the ending is perfect.
DEMON FROM THE DARK goes on my keeper shelf with the rest of the series. Now, it is way too long before the next book is released.
NOTE: I purchased this book and gave an impartial review.