Black Widow Demon
by Paula Altenburg
Genre: Paranormal Romance
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Reviewed by: Kristina | Source: NetGalley
Passionate and headstrong, half-demon Raven is nearly executed on the orders of her fundamentalist stepfather. She escapes from the burning stake using the gifts of her otherworldly heritage and the help of a mortal stranger named Blade. Now she’s set on revenge, and only quiet, intense Blade stands in her way.
A retired assassin weary of the weight of his past, Blade has crossed the desert to seek out a new life. His journey is interrupted when his conscience demands he help Raven find an old friend who can help her. Saving her from her need for revenge and delivering her into the hands of loved ones means he’s one step closer to redemption.
But as Blade’s sense of duty becomes something more and threats, both mortal and immortal, stalk the woman he can’t abandon, he could very well fall back into the life he’s trying so hard to escape.
BLACK WIDOW DEMON brings us back to a world which demons and goddesses once thrived and now abandoned leaving a wasted husk of a world where the inhabitants live dangerous near lawless lives and struggle for survival each day. I like the wild west feel of the Demon Outlaws series and with BLACK WIDOW DEMON we see more of the lawlessness in regards to Raven’s near execution via burning at the stake which reminded me of the witch trials where if she’s a witch/demon she wont burn, but if she does then she’s innocent. This trial and execution really brings home to idea that the people living here live on the edge of real justice. What really makes this fabulous story come alive is the supurb writing style which really makes this world and the plot come alive.
I adore both Raven and Blade and their growing attraction was intense and really touching. They both have their own struggles to overcome and the way in which they help eachother find what they are looking for in life is wonderfully done. What was really interesting is the struggle Raven has over her half-demon identity and her debate over whether she is inherently evil or good due to her heritage. The use of the name Justice for her evil stepfather is a very clever play on the concept of justice. Justice is supposed to be fair and moral yet that is the opposite of who her stepfather is who represents a warped kind of justice for the town. When Blade and Raven run from Justice/justice they are actually running from a man who represents everything unjust about this world and Raven’s circumstance.
BLACK WIDOW DEMON is a wonderfully beautiful romance set in a world that gives a slightly futuristic and paranormal touch to a wild west like world. I adored all of the secondary characters who all have some sort of compelling or tragic back story. The next book, features a character from BLACK WIDOW DEMON who I am very interested to learn more about and I’ll absolutely be reading it. THE DEMON CREED comes out May 27, 2014 by Entangled Select.
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