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Demon by Day

by Helen E. H. Madden

Book Review by Lisabet Sarai

 

Erotic FantasyWriting fantasy is a tricky business. You need to offer your readers wonders while still presenting a consistent and believable world. You must be daring and creative but still comprehensible. A million tired plot devices lurk, waiting to suck you into a quagmire populated by Middle Earth clones. Perhaps most challenging, you must present characters with awesome talents, creatures who wield fantastic powers yet remain human enough for your readers to identify with them and care what happens to them.

I'm delighted to report that Helen Madden's dark fantasy novel, Demon by Day, succeeds admirably in navigating these challenges. Demon by Day is original, engrossing, entertaining, and sexy as hell.

In fact, much of the book transpires in hell, or one variant of it: the subterranean world inhabited by the Daeva, a near-invincible race of demons. The Daeva are unimaginably beautiful, with the power to shape reality with their minds, but they are fatally flawed. They are eternally heartless. They know ambition, boredom, hate, pleasure and desire, but never love. They have been banished to their underground realm for daring to wage war against the Earth Mother. Now they have dominion below, but cannot walk the earth without being consumed by fire.

Only one Daeva can bear the sun, and even then only by shielding himself from its direct rays: the bastard half-mortal Orziel. Orziel is the archetypal rogue, a brother to Loki, Coyote, and Hermes. Orziel's Daeva powers are diluted by his human heritage, but that hardly matters. His true gifts are his wits, his beauty, and his phenomenal ability to seduce anyone - male or female, demon or mortal. He is constantly involved in some mischief and trying to avoid the consequences.

In the opening scenes of the novel, Orziel has scaled a dizzying tower to penetrate the room where Asheru, the comely young heir to the Daeva empress, has been sequestered. I use the word "penetrate" advisedly. When his tryst with his full-demon lover is interrupted by Asheru's hostile uncle, Orziel flees. In fact, he does not stop running through the entire novel, as he schemes to spirit Asheru away without getting fried by demon fireballs or sunlight.

The plot of Demon by Day is full of surprising twists and dramatic escapes, but its true delight is its characters. In addition to the fabulous Orziel, Ms. Madden gives us the mortal witch Myrrha, with her blood-drinking mirror. Myrrha is vicious and quite mad, obsessed with a lithe young street dancer named Jarresh who had once been her slave. Evil as Myrrha is, she is also fascinating, with cunning and power to match Orziel's own. Jarresh seems initially to be a weak, effeminate victim whose only talent is his seductive dancing, but as the book progresses we see his courage, resourcefulness and devotion. Then there is the empress Shebazael, a cold and ruthless dominatrix who nevertheless evokes some sympathy as she winds her way through court intrigues, trying to save the Daeva race from extinction.

It's Orziel, though, who holds center stage. The mingling of his human and Daeva attributes is masterfully accomplished. He can be as heartless as his demon progenitors, but no matter how he protests, he cannot help but be moved by Jarresh's unconditional love and surrender. His humanity makes him vulnerable, but at the same time it rescues him from the bleak existence that the Daeva endure, despite their superior powers.

I should say a few words about the sex in Demon by Day. Frequent. Kinky. Vividly imagined. And integral to the plot. Ms. Madden's writing is highly visual (she is also an artist) and her sex scenes play in the mind like dirty dreams.

The ending of Demon by Day screams "sequel", but this did not bother me. Orziel and Jarresh have surmounted challenges and dispatched enemies. It's clear that more of both wait in their future, but for now the immediate threads have been tied up and the conflicts resolved.

In fact, I'm really looking forward to their next set of adventures.

Lisabet Sarai
August 2008

Demon by Day by Helen E. H. Madden
(Mojocastle Press, 2008; ISBN 1-60180-061-4)
Available at: Mojocastle Press


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© 2008 Lisabet Sarai. All rights reserved. Content may not be copied or used in whole or part without written permission from the author.


About the Author:
Lisabet Sarai has been writing ever since she learned how to hold a pencil. She is the author of three erotic novels, Raw Silk, Incognito, and Ruby's Rules; co-editor, with S.F. Mayfair, of the anthology Sacred Exchange† (Blue Moon); and editor of Cream, the Best of the Erotica Readers & Writers Association.
Visit her website, Lisabet Sarai's Fantasy Factory for more information and samples of her writing.
Join Lisabet's List on Yahoo for exciting chat, contests, and up-to-date information on publications and events: lisabets_list-subscribe@yahoogroups.com



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