A demon outcast poisoned with vampire blood and the vulnerable young witch he vows to protect, even from himself.
A DANGEROUS DEMON SHE CAN’T RESIST . . .
Malkom Slaine: tormented by his sordid past and racked by vampiric hungers, he’s pushed to the brink by the green-eyed beauty under his guard.
A MADDENING WITCH HE ACHES TO CLAIM . . .
Carrow Graie: hiding her own sorrows, she lives only for the next party or prank. Until she meets a tortured warrior worth saving.
TRAPPED TOGETHER IN A SAVAGE PRISON . . .
In order for Malkom and Carrow to survive, he must unleash both the demon and vampire inside him. When Malkom becomes the nightmare his own people feared, will he lose the woman he craves body and soul?
Book 1: The Warlord Wants Forever
Book 2: A Hunger Like No Other
Book 3: No Rest for the Wicked
Book 4: Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night
Book 5: Dark Needs at Night’s Edge
Book 6: Dark Desires After Dusk
Book 7: Kiss of a Demon King
Book 8: Untouchable
Book 9: Pleasure of a Dark Prince
Carrow Graie has been kidnapped. She doesn’t know by who, or why, until they come to her and demand she retrieve someone for them. They are the Order, a group of mortals who rise up to clash with immortals every Ascension. Some want the Lore all destroyed, others want to study them.
The Order tells Carrow that she must go into hell and bring back Malkom Slaine, a vampiric demon – or vemon as Nïx likes to call them – they’ve been unable to capture. When she tells them where they can shove their demands, the Order reveals something that makes Carrow not only cooperative, but eager to be done with her mission.
Malkom Slaine has spent his entire life going from one betrayal to the next. Having been a slave, been made to scavenge for food, betrayed by the people he had served so faithfully and finally forced to do the one thing he regrets most, Malkom now lives only for revenge on those that have deceived him. For someone only betrays him once. They won’t live to do so again.
But when he scents something different in his guarded mountain area he instinctively takes off after it, saving a female from a band of ruthless demons. Instantly Malkom recognizes that this female, so different from everyone he’s ever seen, is his mate, his Bride.
They get off to a rocky start. Malkom hurts Carrow with his strength and his anger when he is thrust into his horrific memories. On top of that, Malkom and Carrow are also fighting a language barrier AND a culture one as well. He’s lived a master/slave caste system his entire life. Reviled by nearly everyone he’s ever known. Trust comes hard. Carrow, on the other hand, has known plenty. Not that she hasn’t fought for the people she loves, or known difficulty and hard times, but it’s a different sort of hard.
As Malkom continues to save her life, letting her see more of who he is, she begins to trust him. And the guilt begins to grow. For she’s only there to betray her.
Malkom is a tortured hero unlike many I have ever seen. His past and history, told in the prologue, literally made me tear up. Every time I saw through his eyes, I fell a little more in love with him. Loyal, noble, strong, smart, and hotter-than-hell – once he got a bath anyways, which in itself was incredibly hot – he dreams of the simple things in life after meeting Carrow. A home, family to raise, and a woman to love and trust. His attention to Carrow as he learns her is sigh-worthy.
Carrow was never a character who’s story I was clamouring for, but I greatly enjoyed seeing why she acts the way she does, taking a peek into her own lonely childhood. I grew to love her just as much as Malkom. She always did the best she could with the only options given her. And she never gave up.
The romance between them was a dance of circling each other, stepping just slightly closer, each giving a little bit more. The betrayal that Carrow deals Malkom is very real, and how they came back from that was really well done. There wasn’t some magical forgiveness, and they didn’t try to brush it under the rug to suddenly disappear later.
The action in Demon From the Dark really picks up when they get back from Oblivion. But even from the first moment when we find out who has taken Carrow, and a lot of her friends – and enemies – to the very end I had a hard time putting this book down. There are a fair share of surprising moments, and glimpses of characters that I’m dying to read more of, including Lanthe, Thronos, Lothaire and a few new ones that have piqued my interest. Regin’s cameos in the story made me ache for her, and I’m as anxious as I was the first time to re-read her story in Dreams of a Dark Warrior.
Demon From the Dark is an intense, hot addition to the Immortals After Dark series that kept me turning pages late into the night. I had a hard time putting it down to work – even on this several-times-in re-read.
The Accession is really starting to pick up. I can’t wait to start the next book!