by Caitlin Kittredge

December 2009
ISBN: 978-0-312-94363-9
Reviewer Graphic Button St. Martin`s Press
Mass Market Paperback

The world of Black London is once again the backdrop for Caitlin Kittredge's newest novel, Demon Bound.

Mage Jack Winter has been keeping a big secret from his partner Pete Caldecott. He did not tell her about it because he wanted to keep her safe. He knew that she would do everything in her power to help him, even when the cause is hopeless.

Jack is Demon Bound, and his time has run out. The demon who aided him thirteen years ago has come to collect. As if that weren't problem enough, the demon has also decided that Pete is too tempting a morsel to pass up.

Pete, oblivious to all the bad news swirling around her, continues to try and make a living. Exorcising ghosts and other spirits isn't a great job, but it covers the rent and keeps Jack out of trouble. Unfortunately, more than restless relatives are about the countryside. Old gods are stirring back to life, bring a host of problems in their wake.

The answers they find may not help Jack escape his fate. Maybe fate has other plans.

The Black London series has always been a bit more murky than Ms. Kittredge's Nocturne City series. In this setting the lines are not so clearly defined, and at times the reader struggles. We know Pete is good, and Jack is trying to be good for Pete, but it is not really his nature. At the end of Demon Bound, some truths are revealed for the rest of the series. I will be interested to see how it all turns out.

Reviewed in December 2009 by Paula.

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