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by Moira Rogers
Published by Samhain on November 2011
Genres: Dark Fantasy, Futuristic, Paranormal
His mark could bind her forever—or finally set her free.
Children of the Undying, Book 1
Fifty years after a demon apocalypse devastated the world, summoners still bear the bulk of the blame. Marci lives in secret, hiding the gifts that could cost her a secure spot in one of humanity’s underground cities, and access to their virtual world. After all, her chances of avoiding the genetic-testing lotto are better than her chances of surviving topside.
The bastard son of a terrifying incubus, lust heats Gabe’s blood and sex fuels his magic. Innate charm and charisma help him navigate the cultural gap between the outcast town he calls home and the human settlements he infiltrates for trade. His latest mission nets him an unexpected asset—a summoner strong enough to soothe his darkest needs.
Trust a half demon, especially one who uses a lockdown to trap them together? Not in this lifetime. Yet Marci can’t resist Gabe’s offer to see her safely to a selective outcast settlement where she can live without fear. The journey alone is as dangerous as the way Gabe makes her heart race, but it could be her one hope of a real life.
If only she could be sure Gabe’s telling her the whole truth…
Warning: Contains a virtual world where humans flee to escape the demon-infested earth, a dangerously seductive half demon with sex magic to burn and a network-hacking summoner brave enough to make herself vulnerable to him.
The anti-demon signal (ADS) is all that stands between the humans and the demons, but the system has been failing more and more lately. Marci has been working as one of the technicians but she has to keep her genetics a secret or she will lose everything. However, the latest ADS failure leaves her trapped with mysterious stranger, Gabe. Gabe has his own secret too… will it destroy them even as the attraction between them grows?
DEMON BAIT is the first book in a series that is quite fascinating. The world alternates between the post-apocalyptic demon-infested world and the virtual plane. Moira Rogers does an excellent job at integrating the two. There are some lingering questions that will hopefully be addressed in later books as the potential is here for a superb post-apocalyptic tale.
The romance between Gabe and Marci happens quickly but fits the context of the world Moira Rogers has created. I really like how the author took a hero with some very serious flaws in how he handles the relationship and made him likable. Marci is a tough, intelligent heroine and I hope we see more of both of these characters in future books.
DEMON BAIT is an excellent start to the Children of the Undying series. I look forward to seeing just where Moira Rogers takes us in future books.