My name is Roy Morgan, and while being a half-demon warlock doesn't pay the bills, it's a nice perk. Or at least it was. Now bodies are falling from the sky, someone is taking control of supernatural powerhouses and using them up like this is the expendables, and if that wasn't enough, some a-hole is trying to open a gateway to the deepest darkest pits of Hell. Let me just say, if that bastard gets out, we're all totally screwed because what's in Hell, is supposed to stay in Hell. My name is Roy Morgan, and this time, if I want to save my friends, I might need to let the demon side of me come out and play.
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Roy Morgan our warlock/demon protagonist finds himself in a familiar situation for many male protagonists; protecting/helping a beautiful woman who he loves. Their story, Roy’s and Rachel’s, was started in book one, which ended in a cliffhanger.
This story picks up where they are in a car when her brother’s corpse lands their car.
Roy is still that child who had been outcaste from his coven, betrayed by his brother, suffer a failed marriage, is part demon and has poor self-esteem. Rachel is a strong female, a district attorney, a sister, and she jumps into fights despite being human. Rachel is now aware of the supernatural nature of Roy. Roy is doing the caveman, I protect my woman, to an extreme because he failed at keeping her brother safe.
This story features them running around following leads about the Benefactor. Through all of this they are dealing with supernatural attempts by the Benefactor to kill/capture them. Gary, the imp adds the wit and cynicism to play off Roy. Many times, he demonstrates more common sense than Roy.
Action and interest in the story center around Roy throwing around magic. And yes, Rachel is doing that girl thing of interfering when she has been told not to interfere. The story drags at a certain point when Roy becomes maudlin, and a stubborn butt head. The repetition of the same issue had me screaming, “ok guy, get over yourself.”
Many of our heros in the supernatural find it appalling to have a Jekyll and Hyde personality. Their stories center around their inability to contain/control their beast. This Jekyll and Hyde syndrome is a Dissociative Identity Disorder; “is a mental disorder characterized by at least two distinct and relatively enduring identities or dissociated personality states.” There were two famous cases, Three faces of Eve and Sybil.
Our heroes must embrace their beast/demon to become a whole person. Writers use the good versus evil split personality for the suspense factor, ohhh watch out for his beast/demon. The rage and wreckage of the beast/demon and the shame and guilt of the heros are the pull and tugs strings of the reader’s psyche that adds enjoyment. Roy has a few of those moments here.
In addition, I got frustrated when over Roy guilt trip. That is a waste of time for a common feature used in many stories. Saving Rachel was his priority. Roy, goes on a personal guilt trip for 3 – 6 minutes. Then the ancestors of a South African group shovels guilt on Roy, oh you killed an innocent man. In the last few minutes, there is lengthy discussion with the bad guys on why Rachel must be the one thrown down the proverbial rabbit hold. Roy is told, the atrocities will not end, unless Rachel… The question “why” comes up at least 6 times and for Roy, because she is the last one is not a sufficient answer. I can get behind Roy on not accepting their answer, but please Roy, don’t carry that guilt to save her.
Rachel disappointed me with the comments of, I love you, let me do this, the bad man only wants to get his revenge upon those who wronged him, and everything will be fine after that. Really Rachel? As an intelligent woman, who was also a DA, and whose brother was killed by this same Benefactor, you think his reasoning is valid to give your life. This Benefactor perverted the supernatural community and killed many humans and supernaturals in the process. But you’re ok with jumping in the rabbit hold? I wanted to put a bullet in her head for being so stupid.
This too ends in a cliffhanger and I will read the next one.