Demon Slave starts off from where we left Sebastian, Analia, Marik, Sonya and Ethan.. attempting to find one of Analia’s missing sisters. Kiersten Fay does an excellent job of making this a stand alone book and yet still weaving so very much of story arc into the book. I was impressed with her ability to make a reader feel comfortable whether they had read Demon Possession or not... for what it’s worth I would suggest that you read this series in order, I know there’s a shocker, but so far both books stand alone beautifully!!
Stranded on the icy planet of Undewla, Marik is captured by the natives, A strange people who thrive in the winter wasteland, are actually burn when they touch a warm blooded being. The people fear the Demon race convinced they are a barbaric, evil race of beings set soley on destruction and conquest. Although captured he is determined to locate Analia’s older sister and “free” her from this world. What he doesn’t realize is she has no need to be freed and is in fact the acting queen.
Nadula has been placed in a position of power by the former King, until his daughter comes of age she is to lead her people.. As in all monarchies, dissension reigns in the ranks and there is a movemnet to over throw the “false” queen and place another on the throne. Among those in the rebellion are some of her most trusted guards..
It is actually quite a comedy of errors, the guards, barely restrain Marik, wanting him to escape and either kill Nadula or leave her where they can kill her and blame him. Nadula, is trying out her rusty seduction skills trying to find out why Marik is there and when the rest of the conquering hordes of barbarians will ascend upon them.. *grins* Ms Fey does a wonderful job sharing with us the difficulties involved in attempting to be sexy when one must remain covered in fur (and not some smooth glamorous fur but rather something akin to a grizzly/mastodon combination). And then there is Marik, determined to remain a captive and allow the army to take him to the rulers, hopefully to find Analia’s missing sister..
Marik, who had been enslaved before Sebastian, Calic and Sonya found and freed him had a deep seeded fear of slavery. The very act of being bound brings forth an inner rage that looses a beserker type rage and yet he manages to hold back his rage in order to accomplish his quest. Learning the new language he realizes discovers the plot and kidnaps Nadula from beneath the very noses of guards and enemies alike. Together they traverse the country seeking the rendezvous point with Analia and Sebastain.. along the way they find that trust is an important commodity even among supposed enemies.. and they gather an assortment of allies.
Finding one’s Mate is supposed to be a thing of joy and yet Marik fears his rages, knowing he will kill any female he is around when he is set off. His years of slavery having destroyed what little humanity he had or so he thought. And yet Nadula, soon learns that she is safest in his arms, that her visions of the future are incomplete and that her visions of his past can heal his wounded soul.
Together they find a way to save a dynasty.. back the throne and reunite with the crew of the Madaras.. It is fun to see Analia coming more and more into her powers and confidence.. the peeks we are given of her giving Sebastian what for are pure joy... Sonya and Ethan are back and we meet a new Demon, Rex.. Oh the stories I am sure Ms Fey has lined up for us.. I can already see them and can’t wait to see how she weaves them.
Enjoy the Shadow Quest Series, savor it.. it is a delight to the senses....