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This book may be unsuitable for people under 16 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug use, alcohol use, language, and/or violence.Queen of Souls by Jennifer Kohout
Published by Create Space on March 6th 2014
Genres: Adult fiction, Gay & Lesbian
Source: ARC from publisher
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There’s a killer loose in Hell.
Caedus and Balthazar are both members of the Dark Guard, a group of demons tasked with protecting their kind from the sorcerers that would bind them and use their powers in the human realm. But membership in the Dark Guard isn’t the only thing Caedus and Balthazar share: they also share the love of the same female.
Iliana is everything a male could want, but everything changes when she takes her own life. Devastated, Caedus turns cold, denying anything resembling the softer side of emotion, while Balthazar struggles to hold the two of them together.
Vivian Nox is the half-demon daughter of the fallen angel Lucifer, and she has an affinity for souls. As the owner of a pleasure house, Nox uses her power to give her clients what they want most, but when Caedus and Balthazar stride through her door, she recognizes them as her soul’s desire.
Still haunted by Iliana’s death, Caedus isn’t ready to repeat history, but when one of Nox’s pleasure slaves goes missing, he finds himself unable to turn away her request for help.
Their search reveals a killer loose in Hell, but that isn’t what worries Caedus. As he and Balthazar spend more time with Nox, Caedus begins to suspect that she won’t be happy with anything less than his soul.
Jennifer Kohout is very good at writing. I noticed when I read another of her books, The Bride of Devil’s Acre. She’s brilliant. The writing immediately connects you to the characters.
The relationship between Caedus and Balthazar was most of the story, but it was incredibly intense. They had a really strong bond, but like with all strong bonds, there was doubt and their bond was tested.
Clearly Balthazar was the softer and happier one in the relationship, and Caedus was full of intensity and dark emotion. They were a good match. And thankfully Nox helped them realize that.
I liked Nox. She was strong and yet passionate. I especially liked her relationship with her sort of outcast lover Amon. She could see the beauty in her and wanted others to see it as well even if she was unusual.
While she had the unique ability to give others what they wanted, she had to fight for what she herself wanted. It was a bit of a roller coaster of pain and pleasure. She and Balthazar and Caedus had to find the killer and at the same time figure out what they themselves wanted, all while Caedus fought to get over Iliana. In a way, Nox was the best thing for the two boys, and they were what she needed as well.
The story was well balanced between the hunt and their personal discoveries. There were a lot of internal struggles worked out.
Sorry I don’t have much more to say. It was a good book.
Hell was very interesting. It was not a whole lot different from Earth, a trend I’ve noticed with books these days. It operated pretty much the same way, but was populated by different creatures and contained different magic.
It was good to see everyone have a happy ending (well except for the bad guys). The final battle was very interesting with a nice twist. And the epilogue did a good job of tying up another loose end.
Good vs. Bad
- character discovery/growth
Less than perfect:
This is a good book focused evenly on both a murder mystery and a journey of personal discovery for nearly all the characters. The writing was excellent, as usual. The characters were certainly alive and passionate. The plot never slowed for a minute. The setting was described well. Would I read more by Jennifer Kohout? I’d read anything she wrote. Would I recommend this book to others? Yes if they’re into this sort of thing.