Brought to you by OBS reviewer Dawn
*Beware of possible Spoilers*
She is a half demon, oblivious to her true nature.
He is a demon set out to avenge murder.
Together they are hunted by the one person she thought she could trust.
Separate they may be able to save each others lives.
New York – Paris – Dschinnanya.
Creatures of Fire is contemporary fantasy that draws the reader into the modern world of Paris and New York and the ancient world of the demons – Dschinnanya. Mysterious characters, a good dose of humor and a dash of romance are the ingredients of this story.
Sariel is half-demon but has no idea. She has been living with her Uncle Harold since her parents’ death. Little does she know her uncle is not who he seems.
When she begins to realize the truth about her uncle, we get a glimpse of her temper. Around that time she meets Alexander as well. All of it comes out of nowhere when Sariel had her life all planned out.
Alexander is a demon sent out to avenge murder. Alexander is hard to get a read on but we spend a lot of time in his head getting to know him. His appearance adapts to each person’s idea of beauty. He becomes alluring to those around him. When Sariel isn’t affected by his appearance, Alexander is shocked. It’s pretty damn funny. She will not just fall at his feet like most women. It bothers Alexander, as he is used to being in control.
Sariel’s preparations for Dschinnanya are brutal. She has to earn the skills through Kalari a form of martial arts. It’s not easy and she gets her butt kicked more than once. Sariel knows she could die but she is determined to do it for Alexander just as Alexander is willing to give up his life for her.
The demon lore was creative. In Dschinnanya, Brooklin creates a whole new world with an interesting set of laws accompanied with punishment. I was most fascinated by Sariel’s trip there. She had to adapt quickly to save Alexander’s life. For most of her visit to Dschinnanya, I was certain Sariel would not make it out alive.
I did not think I would enjoy this book due to my preconceived ideas about an ifrit. To be honest, they creep-ed me out prior to reading this book.
Creatures of Fire is extremely suspenseful mixed with romance. I loved that Alexander came to care for Sariel. I think he surprised himself with the lengths he was willing to go to for Sariel despite being so much older than her. For Alexander, caring for a female doesn’t compute.
Sariel deals with a lot of game changers in Creatures of Fire. She takes it in stride with a maturity rare for her age.
Creatures of Fire was slow initially but it picked up. Once I was drawn into the story, I couldn’t put it down. I truly enjoyed this read. I think the book would most appeal to women and young adults.