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Not bad for the start of the series. Gem and Del are sister and brother. Young half demons trying to stay below the radar. Things heat up when demons with agendas get involved.
If you are familiar with The Veil series, then you will enjoy this book. There will be an instant familiarity with the concept of half-demons, the instituted, demons, and relationship with the humans. What is missing? The insane sadomasochist romance between the characters.
The conflict in The Veil and this story is demons and half demons passing as humans. The half demons try to live below the radar. If caught by the humans they turn them into the institute, which will experiment on them without regard to them being sentient beings. The demons can appear normal. Many have respectable positions of power in the city. Of course, humans are unaware they are demons.
The demons work to enslave and degrade the half demons. There is the constant struggle for the dominate persona for half demon. There is the sexual tension generated by the pheromones between the species.
Gem, the half-demon main character spends 8 hours looking for her brother, Dale and backstabs her new friend whenever it benefited her. Gem and Dale were created by the institution to kill demons. Yet, there were innumerable times that a demon would have her in a killing position and she surrendered to them. Dale, is the personification of chaos. He needs saying?
Like the character in The Veil series, Gem spent her time whining about the life of a half-blood, running from demons and the Institute who want to use her for their purposes. As a character, she is only loyal to her brother, naive about the world and other demons, and spend her days fighting with her demon. Her sole purpose in the book is to remind us, the read, that she is looking for her brother.
No one gets between Gem and Dale. Even Dale himself? I had invested so much time that I was determined to see if she found Dale.
The irony of this book and The Veil series. Demons lie all the time. So when there are so many bargains broken how can you feel betrayed and why keep turning to demons for help? Well, this is the last Pippa DaCosta novel with a female as the main character for me. I will try her soul eater series.