Saturday, August 30, 2008

Reveiw: The Devil Inside

Title: The Devil Inside
Author: Jenna Black
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Morgan Kingsley series

Morgan Kingsley is typical career girl with a boyfriend and a nice little house. She also exorcises demons for a living.

In Morgan's world demons exist along with humans. There are legal and illegal demons. The legal demons occupy a willing host while the illegal demons take over a human's body without their consent. There are members of what is called the Spirit Society who are advocates for the legal demons. Morgan's parents just happen to be members of the society. Her brother is a host for a demon and her parents couldn't be more proud of him. Of course Morgan's career has caused a rifted between her and her parents. Her brother Andrew has been a host to a demon for ten years. Morgan and Andrew's demon do not get along and this has had a serious effect on Morgan's relationship with her brother.

Morgan, it turns out, is one of the strongest exorcists around but she still becomes, against her will, a host for a very powerful demon. Her life is threatened a number of times until she's not sure who to trust. She ends up trusting the last person she ever expected. Morgan has to find out who is after her and why before they hurt someone she loves.

The one problem I had with the book is that I couldn't help but wonder why anyone would willingly allow themselves to be possessed. The reason given is that the host, once possessed by the demon, is able to perform amazing acts that humans aren't capable of. Many hosts go into dangerous professions and are looked upon by some members of society as heroes. The demons are incredibly strong and are able to shield their human host from pain. They can also heal them with incredible speed. The downside is that the demon takes over the human's body and mind and they are basically left as a silent passenger in their own body. Personally, I don't like the downside. Theoretically, I understand someone wanting to have these incredible abilities but to give up control of your body... I would think self preservation would kick in and no one would actually go through with the possession. But that's just me.

The story is fast paced and told in Morgan's POV. The secondary character are not at all what I was expecting. There are some S&M scenes which may put off some readers. The second book in the series is The Devil You Know with book three, The Devil's Due releasing November 2008. For more info on the author check out her website.

Rating: B

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