by Lynn Viehl

October 2005
ISBN: 0-451-21705-5
Reviewer Graphic Button Signet Books
Mass Market Paperback

In this second book of the Darkyn series, the story continues about six months from where the first one left off. Vampire Thierry Durand has run from the household of his friend and protector Michael Cyprian. After suffering from sadistic torture and watching his family endure the same, Thierry isnít quite sane. He heads for Chicago to avenge the torture and attempted murder of a young woman whom Alexandra Keller treated when she was still human.

After hurting Dr. Keller, Thierry is determined to never hurt another woman. And when he crosses paths with Jema Shaw, he feels this overwhelming desire to protect her. Jema was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes, and has already lived longer than doctors had predicted. Despite her overbearing mother, Jema works at her family museum and also moonlights as a consultant for the coronerís office.

Michael and Alexandra are mentioned quite often in this book, and this time we see a more passionate side of this couple. Alexandraís brother, John, is also a big part of the story. Heís no longer a priest and is now working in a shelter for runaway and homeless kids. He has no idea how urgently a few vampire leaders want him dead.

As in the first book there were times where I was overwhelmed by the different characters and groups. The author uses an array of terms that, for the most part are explained, though the words themselves are sometimes hard to pronounce. Then again, maybe itís just me.

Fans of the first book should certainly enjoy this story of an emotionally damaged man and a physically fragile woman who find happiness with each other. Private Demon is certainly not lacking for action, and the ending is emotional and very satisfying.

After reading the first two books in this series Iím definitely intrigued enough to want to read next summers release of Darkness Has No Need. The author has truly created a very detailed and fascinating world.

Reviewed in September 2005 by Jackie.

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