Thursday, July 5, 2012

Devil’s Gate

Title:  Devil’s Gate
Author:  Thea Harrison
Publisher:  Samhain Publishing
Publisher URL:  www.samhainpublishing.com
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-61921-222-0
Genre:  {M/F}, Shape-shifters, Series
Rating:  4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amazon Nymph 

Seremela has to take time off from her new job to fetch her wayward niece.  Duncan decides to accompany her to Devil’s Gate because he knows exactly how bad it is.  They are both attracted to each other, but it isn’t until they are there that they talk about their feelings. 

Devil’s Gate is part of the Elder Races series.  Ms. Harrison has created a wonderful world that fits within human society, openly side by side.  I had to laugh at some of the antics that Seremela’s hair pulled.  The medusas that the author created are a delight, in addition she explains how the snakes become poisonous to people and that there are races that are immune to their bite.  

Duncan is a Vampyre and lawyer where Seremela works.  His background makes him the perfect candidate to help Seremela.  It was interesting how the author wove, not only Duncan’s history, but some of the other races they encountered into the story.  Ms. Harrison also brought out the very complex political situations between different factions within the Elder races and humans. 

The chemistry between Duncan and Seremela is hot and comes through the pages, though the scenes themselves are tame.  The acceptance both have for their differences, as well as their commonalities, made the relationship very realistic.   

None of the stories are numbered and most don’t have to be read in order.  There are a few incidences where reading the previous books might be helpful, but the reader can follow the story without doing so.  I am looking forward to reading more about the Elder Races.

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