Guest Reviewer: Julia
In Demon Bait Moira Rogers has created a magically-charged, dystopian landscape with just the right amount of action, world building, and romance. Rogers’ world is reminiscent of the dynamic in Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changling series. Not that our heroine has been emotionally neutered, just that the life for people in mainstream communities has been… sanitized. Breaking social boundaries and forging out into the frontier, Demon Bait has only whetted my appetite for the Children of the Undying series.
As much as I enjoyed the back and forth wit of the staring couple, the pacing of this book should share top billing. With just the right emphasis on backstory versus romance, Demon Bait did a great job setting the stage and introducing characters for the rest of this series. It doesn’t hurt that the chemistry between Gabe and Marci is spot on, despite some of my less favorite romance tropes rearing their heads.
Though Gabe tends to do things for “Marci’s own good”, and they do have a magically generated sexual chemistry that draws them together, Rogers employees a deft touch with these tropes which drew me in and left me wanting more. These romance devices are familiar because they can work so very well, especially when the melodrama is kept to a minimum. I enjoyed every moment of this whirlwind courtship, as Marci fell in lust and love and trust with Gabe.
While the romance worked, what will be drawing me back for more is the oasis at the end of their journey. The town of Rochester has freedoms and passions that seem to have all but disappeared from the rest of the human landscape. A last frontier of romance and danger, it’s one that I look forward to visiting again.
BOOKS IN SERIES ORDER
- Demon Bait
- Hammer Down
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