Reading level: Young Adult
Size: 282 pages
Release Date: January 1, 2012
Stand Alone or Series: 3rd book in the Demon Princess series
Source: Bought for Kindle
Rating: 4/5 stars
This is the third book in the Demon Princess series; the 4th book, Reign Storm, is supposed to be out later this year and is the final book in this series. I really enjoy this series; the books are easy to read and lots of fun. I love watching Nikki as she tries to balance her life as a student and as a demon princess.
Nikki is trying to recover from the events of the last book and her trip to Hell. Michael, Nikki’s shadow boyfriend, is having some strange after-effects from absorbing the other shadow, Jarvis, who threatened Nikki’s life in book 2. Nikki loves Michael but something is wrong with him and he seems to be a danger not only to himself but also Nikki. Can Rhys lend a helping hand and help Nikki figure out the mystery behind the Shadow’s problems?
These books are a lot of fun and have wonderful characters. I will admit that this book was more drama than the previous books and not nearly as much action. I am more of an action person, but I do love these characters so I was okay with reading the drama too. Watching Nikki try and deal with her demon-slaying best friend was a hoot and there are some interesting things that happen in this book on that front.
Rhys is actually in the story a lot more than Michael and it was fun to watch him and Nikki interact. We get to see a side of Rhys that we haven’t seen in previous book and watch as he matures into a more responsible Fairy King.
Michael’s character is much darker in this book; he is dealing with some heavy repercussions from the events in book 2. His need for secrecy is driving Nikki and him apart. He does spend some time training Nikki to use her demon powers and it was fun to watch Nikki explore her power and get better at controlling it.
We also get to meet part of Nikki’s dad’s castle and that was pretty cool. Yes, I did say meet the castle…in person…kind of.
The story ends on a pretty big cliffhanger and I am dying to know what will happen to Michael and the Shadowlands.
Overall a solid addition to the series. I really enjoy this series; I loved the characters and find that it is just a wonderfully easy and fun read. I am so happy that Rowen decided to complete it. I absolutely cannot wait to see how things turn out in the final book, Reign Storm. These aren’t heavy books or incredilby creative books; but they are really well written, lots of fun, and full of great characters. If you love YA paranormal reads I highly recommend this series.