The first novella in the Children of the Undying series.
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...
I’ve won this book on Twitter recently, and have been looking forward to reading it. Not sure if a post apocalyptic world is my thing, but I do like Moira Rogers’s writing (and the fun they are on Twitter). Every review I have read about this book so far, has made me more wanting to read it.
Moira Rogers has created a wonderful world, taking place after a demon apocalypse has destroyed what we know of society today. Humans have fled underground, surviving thanks to their technology. Marci is a summoner, a person whom the demons are drawn too. And if it ever would become known, she would be killed, or worse, thrown outside into the open. As a summoner, she can make a demon do whatever she wants it too. And so Marci has to stay hidden, hide her true self from her friends and coworkers, always ready to run to the next city, never really safe.
And now a stranger has come to her little place in the world. She is mesmerized by his blue eyes, and drawn to him. Almost before she can process this feeling, the alarms are sounding, and the place will go into lockdown. Gabe can manipulate her enough so that they are locked in somewhere together. Here he will have to convince her to come with him to his city, and to be his. To let him mark her as his own. Gabe is a half demon, and he needs Marci to feel complete. And so, he seduces her. With words, and not with his body as he so desperately wants. Together they manage to escape from the lockdown, into the dangerous world above ground. They survive being attacked by a demon, and his minions, to Gabe’s hide out. Where they stay for a few days to get to know each other better, and have sex. Lots of sex. Thanks to their bonding, it is incredible. Their magic coursing through them. Or would it be just as good without the magic, just because ?
When Marci finds out he has not been honest with her after all, she wants him to withdraw his mark. Which he does, making both of them miserable. But Marci is safe in his city, learning the ropes, getting to know his friends.
I liked the story. I still don’t understand much of what happened, or how this world is working. Part perhaps because I have no knowledge whatsoever about virtual reality, which plays a really big part in this story and this world.
I liked Marci, when she knows what she wants, she goes after it. And being in a fight and surviving, makes her finally feel alive. As it is only a short story, 120 pages or so in .lit format, there is not much background info on her, or on Gabe. They fall for each other rather quickly, but they do spend a lot of time together talking, of which we are not a witness.
Also, Gabe being son of a succubus, could make for lots of hot lovescenes, but as this is a book by Moira Rogers, there are just enough to fit the story. Nor are they very explicit, and I like that. Moira Rogers has a nice writing style, very fluent, and never boring. Her characters are lively, and often surprising. Just like this story, I never knew what would happen next. Or how the main characters would react.
I hope to learn more about this world and what happened, in the next book.