Saturday, August 16, 2008

“The Devil You Know” by Jenna Black

The beautiful. The bad. The Possessed.

Some people worship them. Some people fear them. And some people—like Morgan Kingsley—go up against them toe-to-toe, flesh to flesh, and power against power. An exorcist by trade, Morgan is one of the few humans with an aura stronger than her possessor, even though her demon can tease her body senseless. She’s also a woman who has just discovered a shocking truth: everything she once believed about her past, her identity, may have been a lie.

With a family secret exploding around her and a full-scale demon war igniting, Morgan is a key player in an unsettled world. Then a rogue sociopathic demon enters her life with a bang. His name is The Hunter. And since she is the prey, Morgan has only one choice: to hunt The Hunter down—no matter what heartbreaking truths she uncovers along the way…
The Devil You Know is the second novel in The Morgan Kingsley series and takes place only a few weeks after the events of The Devil Inside (2007). The demon prince Dougal and his minions are still seeking the possessed host for King Lugh. This places Morgan and everyone she knows and cares about at risk.

Morgan’s journey in this excellent supernatural thriller is a roll call of difficult and unpleasant choices, challenging many of her bedrock assumptions about friends, family and demon possession. Morgan is a complex character; vulnerable and courageous, with a dash of self-deprecating humour.

As the dark secrets of her past unfold and Morgan learns more about her pivotal role in the demon world power-struggle, all of her relationships undergo change. She reconnects with her brother Andrew after he emerges from his coma, learns new devastating truths about her parents, and her feelings about and for Lugh are in turmoil. Morgan reconciles with her boyfriend Brian and shares the truth with unexpected consequences.

There are many taut and well choreographed action scenes as Morgan and her protectors defend against The Hunter’s attacks and go on the offensive. Several romantic interludes offer a nice counterpoint to all the action and provide a satisfying balance to Morgan’s emotional life.

In her world building, Jenna Black has created one of the creepiest and most insidious organizations featured in a paranormal thriller – The Spirit Society. This public face and facilitator for introducing demons into willing hosts is portrayed in a low key but chilling manner. Much more is learned of the society this time around, deepening the suspense and setting the stage for future adventures.

This is a great series. Get the earlier book and read it first if you haven’t already. The next installment The Devil’s Due is out in November.

Read the first chapter.

Listen to a scene from the book…

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