- Don't info-dump
- Don't assume that every reader who picks up the latest book is familiar with the previous novels
- Make me want to find the other books in the series.
Christine Warren's The Demon You Know is the third book (for St. Martin's anyway - I have a sneaking suspicion that there are other books in the universe via Ellora's Cave but her web site sucks big ones and hasn't been updated in forever) in the Others series. The author does a very good job with the world building and plot. Too bad I was wishing a slow, painful death for the heroine.
Abby Baker is completely unremarkable. Her job at a local TV station is that of glorified gopher, she hasn't had a date since the Clinton administration, and she's plain with a capital P. So how does she find herself in the middle of a riot in New York City? By stupidly agreeing to do a favor for a friend.
Two months previously humans found out that the paranormal exists. Demons, werewolves, vampires, witches etc. are real and walking around amongst us. Naturally everyone is not terribly happy with this, and rioting breaks out. Abby is looking for an escape route when she sees three thugs accosting an Other. She ends up in the middle of it and WHAM-O, she's possessed by a fiend.
Rule is a demon. His job is to keep the fiends in line. Fiends are like rogue demons. Demons = good. Fiends = very, very bad. Rule's above ground looking for Louamides, a fiend underling that he was using as an informant. Word on the street is that Lou is hiding out from Uzkiel, a very bad fiend set on doing very bad things. Rule wants to capture Uzkiel, and to do that he needs to find Lou. Imagine his surprise when he finds him hanging out in Abby's body. Oh well, he's just going to have to kidnap the girl.
Try as I might, I could not for the love of all that is holy figure out what Rule saw in Abby. Here it is folks, the condensed version of Abby's character in order of appearance:
- Too-stupid-to-live and shrill
I totally get what Abby saw in Rule - he's hot. There's a lot of lust here, but in the end that's all there is. All Abby and Rule seem to do is bicker, have sex, and oh yeah - defeat a fiend, but I'm just not convinced they'll have a happily ever after. They'll need to spend their entire relationship in bed if it has any hope of succeeding.
Despite the subject matter, this story is actually very light. It's like one step away from MaryJanice Davidson and Katie MacAlister. Not quite that light, but nowhere near dark either. This was a quick read for me, and the author has a breezy style. That said, it was the kind of book I needed to take frequent breaks from. Abby annoyed me that much.
So it's not as bad as a D, but an annoying heroine is a pretty big sin in my book so Final Grade = C-. Maybe fans will go for it, but I just don't see many newcomers being converted.