Saturday 13 August 2011

DEMON BOUND by Caitlin Kittredge

Thirteen years ago, Jack Winter lay dying in a graveyard. Jack called upon a demon and traded his soul for his life… and now the demon is back to collect its due. But Jack has finally found something to live for. Her name is Pete Caldecott, and because of her, Jack's not going to Hell without a fight.
Pete doesn't know about Jack's bargain, but she does know that something bigger and far more dangerous than Jack's demon is growing in the Black. Old gods are stirring and spirits are rising--and Jack doesn't stand a chance of stopping them without Pete's help. 

After really enjoying STREET MAGIC last week, I decided to get stuck into the second book in the Black London series right away.

The POV shifts to Jack Winter, and I had a blast getting an insight into Jack's head, as well as learning so much more about him. He likes to keep plenty of things hidden from Pete, so delving into his inner thoughts was a great way to understand exactly why he is how he is, and why he's done all the strange and weird things that make him seem like nothing more than a strung-out junkie.

Jack and Pete have been living in his flat in Whitechapel, also working together performing odd jobs by using Jack's many freaky mage talents. When they take on a job that sends them away from the city and into the English countryside, things get really complicated. Because, not only is the demon Jack made a deal with thirteen years ago back to collect, but there seem to be a few other 'people' after him as well.

I loved this book! I'm also really enjoying the series. This installment takes us on quite a gritty ride through the London streets, then into the countryside, as well as in Bangkok--which gives the Black a whole new level of darkness. Once again, I like how Jack's addiction is portrayed so honestly.

I'm also finding myself totally swept up in the impossible--yet touching--relationship between Jack and Pete. It's so fragile, yet strong. Impossible, yet meant to be. Oh, and I loved the way it ended. There were a few surprises I didn't expect.

Can't wait to find out what happens next. I ordered the third book last night, as well as preordered the fourth. Yep, I'm a fan! :)

H&UFRC books read: 40/24

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