Blood of the Demon by Rosalie Lario

RLario-Blood of the DemonAfter reading all the amazing reviews about Blood of the Demon, the first novel in Rosalie Lario’s Demons of Infernum series, I knew I had to read it. Unfortunately, this is one of those times where I can’t completely agree with everyone else.

Keegan lives to exact revenge on the evil demon who sired and abused him. When his father devises a plan to bring on the apocalypse, he and his three half-brothers, inter-dimensional bounty hunters for the Elden Council, are charged with capturing and delivering their father for punishment.

Art gallery owner Brynn Meyers has no idea that her ability to read memories embedded in objects and drain people of their life force means she has demon ancestry. Unfortunately for Brynn, she s also the key to raising an ancient zombie army, which puts her on every demon s Most Wanted List.

And no one wants her more than Keegan s father.

Keegan must protect Brynn from his father by any means necessary, but he’ll have to learn to harness the other half of his genetics the far deadlier, uncontrollable half when he starts to fall for the one woman standing between him and the vengeance he so desperately seeks. The one woman he ll never be able to resist.

While Blood of the Demon wasn’t the best thing since sliced bread, it was still pretty good. Blood of the Demon was a fun, engaging story with as many laughs as fight scenes. Yet it didn’t wow me as it obviously wowed so many other people for a couple of reasons.

The first reason was that Brynn accepted the fact that she had been kidnapped by Keegan and his brothers way too easily. She barely fought it and practically came up with their excuse for them. To be fair, Brynn did have a steel backbone, it just didn’t really show itself until much later in Blood of the Demon.

The chemistry between her and Keegan was realistic and hot but the other thing that bothered me was that Keegan seemed to fall for Brynn’s looks rather than her personality. Before he even knew her, before she even knew he existed, he was willing to fight his brothers over her – which I would normally find romantic, but in this case it felt too abrupt. Yeah, I get the fact that she was hot, but I felt like he could have learned more about her before actually going crazy over her. To be fair, Keegan would also go on and on about her bravery. But again, I didn’t feel as if it or her backbone really made an appearance until the end of Blood of the Demon.

The plot itself was fairly mundane at first, with Brynn hiding with Keegan and his brothers, based solely off their word that she needed their protection. There were only a couple of fight scenes throughout the beginning (which did eventually reinforce the brothers’ claim that they needed to protect Brynn) but the rest of it was mostly introducing the readers to this new world and the three half-brothers who are working to save it. The action picked up later, once the other demons discovered where Brynn and Keegan were hiding.

Despite the fact that Blood of the Demon only really caught my attention towards the end, it left enough potential for  the second book in the series, Mark of the Sylph, to be a much better read.

Read Order:
Blood of the Demon
Mark of the Sylph

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1 Comment

  1. While I don’t love this series, I do like it. My biggest gripe with the first two books is that I found them to be too predictable.

    The best thing about the books is the dynamic between the brothers.

    (And I think the newest installment –Ronin’s book– is the best one so far.)

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