Review: Forged in Fire (The Vessel Trilogy #1) by Juliette Cross

February 2, 2015 Review 1

Review: Forged in Fire (The Vessel Trilogy #1) by Juliette CrossForged in Fire by Juliette Cross
Series: The Vessel Trilogy #1
Published by Samhain on January 27, 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romantic, Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Pages: 318
Source: Author
Excerpt: Excerpt
Sexual Content: Kissing, intimacy, references to sex and rape
Reviewed by: Kate
4 Stars

She never knew this demon world existed. Now she just wants to survive it.

Genevieve Drake never needed a man to come to her rescue. Not until the night of her twentieth birthday, when some dude nearly chokes her to death in an alley behind a New Orleans Goth club. And a hot stranger splits the guy in half, rips a monster from inside, and incinerates it into ash.

The hunky rescuer? Jude Delacroix—Dominus Daemonum, Master of Demons, now her guardian, whether she likes it or not. But she’s seriously beginning to like it.

Her would-be murderer turns out to be only the first of many minions of the demon prince, Danté, who has all kinds of lascivious and sadistic plans. Which means when the formidably beautiful Jude offers his protection, Genevieve has no problem accepting it.

For Jude and his fellow demon hunters tell her she is a Vessel, one who is born to serve the Light, but can be corrupted into a weapon of darkness. And to survive, she must trust a man whose unearthly eyes promise heaven…but whose powers unleash hell.

Warning: Contains a dark and brooding demon hunter who harbors even darker secrets, a snarky heroine who’s being hunted by every demon in the underworld, and a sadistic demon prince with a fancy for violent sexual encounters.

FORGED IN FIRE sounded intriguing from the first time I heard of it, so I was delighted to be able to review it here for All Things Urban Fantasy. Unexpectedly, FORGED IN FIRE felt similar to other books I've read, with a girl coming into special powers that make her completely unique, and all the men subsequently want her. Luckily, the New Adult tone and the mythology manage to set the story apart from other similar stories.

Though hot, FORGED IN FIRE had that troublesome attraction between a centuries old guy and a young female. There was not much explanation for this, and it felt a little like insta-lust. This does not mean the interactions between Gen and Jude were not scorching, just that if you like a little backstory with your romance, this may not be the place to find it.

Gen was a fascinating character, and really managed to be very sympathetic. She finds out early on that all of a sudden she's special, and all the demons are after her, and she manages to do some really dumb things before she wises up to what that means for her life, but I never felt like her behavior fell in the "too stupid to live" category of heroine. I liked that she was spunky, and that she was easily jealous. Her personality was believable and likable. Plus, I really liked learning about the demons and the demon hunters in this world. It was a really interesting mythology that Cross built up, and I very much enjoyed it, especially the backstories of the various demon hunters that Gen encounters.

One thing I especially appreciated was the ending - the build-up implied a typical fall from grace scenario, but Gen manages to "sully" (for the purposes of the demon who wants her) herself in an entirely unexpected way. I'm curious to see where Cross takes this trilogy, but lucky for me, the next book, SEALED IN SIN comes out in April, so I don't have to wait long!

Series Titles:
  1. Forged in Fire
  2. Sealed in Sin
  3. Bound in Black
More Reviews: Similar Titles:
  • For another book with a 20-year-old heroine trying to avoid demons, try The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost.
  • For a series with demons set in Louisiana, try the Kara Gillian series by Diana Rowland.

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