Confessions of a Demon
S.L. Wright
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Confessions of a Demon
S.L. Wright
352 pages
December 2009
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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New York City’s demon inhabitants are starting to get nervous. Political turmoil has always created violent unrest among the demon factions, and their latest power-plays are heightening tension throughout the ranks. What most demons don’t know is that a mysterious, ancient, invisible power again walks among them - is killing them, a near impossible task.

Allay, the only human-demon hybrid known to currently exist, has never followed virulent demon politics, though she has been required to do her part in exchange for protection by the demon boss in her community. When she and her close friends are targeted by this ancient yet newly revived, unseen and unknown foe, Allay starts accepting her demon half and the world she truly lives in. Too bad her morals won’t allow her to prevent her own death, only weeks away if her estimate is accurate.

Teaming up with a most unusual human named Theo Ram, Allay enlists the aid and protection of New York City’s most powerful demon faction. But what you see is not always what you get. Deceit, misdirection, and danger continue to target Allay as she slowly pieces together the troubling the reality bringing demon factions to the crux of a deadly conspiracy and, undoubtedly, total annihilation to the unsuspecting.

As the silent war begins to infiltrate the streets, Allay must ally herself with demons whose power, strength, and skills are far beyond her wildest imaginings. There is far more at stake than her personal demise, but for the greater good, as well as the safety of those she holds dear, Allay will risk it all. Perhaps her humanity in the face of the demon world is her greatest strength, and the key to keeping balance in the world.

S.L. Wright’s repertoire across a variety of genres—fiction and nonfiction—is impressive. This latest novel, Confessions of a Demon, exemplifies both her experience and creativity in the realm of urban fantasy. While every fictional novel about demons brings its own perspective, Wright doesn't shy from painting the majority of her demon characters in a less romantic light—and leans more towards the Biblical version of devil’s spawn—than typical. Allay is a fabulous protagonist due to the humanity and emotional realism her character brings to the predominately inhumane, emotionally celibate, and selfishly motivated character environment of the novel.

Despite the numerous settings and potential for overwhelming readers with the complex character situation, Wright handles the majority of the transitions with ease. Action is non-stop throughout the plot, and many unexpected twists fuel an unstoppable page-turning frenzy that will last till the end. Stacia Kane, author of Demon Inside, has a similar style and approach in her fictional fantasy novels and is a great read prior to, or following, S.L. Wright’s latest.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Sonia R. Polinsky, 2010

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