566752So I was finally able to finish the second of R.A. Salvatore‘s Demon Wars Saga, The Demon Spirit. It only took me what…four months? My fault really. I decided to try and read it alongside the monstrous tome that was Cleopatra’s Memoirs and it kinda got dragged down.

But I must admit it was quiet the exciting read.

Salvatore’s Drizz’t series (which as well all know I am an avid fan if) seems to have been going in a bit of a downhill direction lately, so it was refreshing to be so drawn into this once I was able to fully direct my attention to it.

So, bit of a recap real quick. In The Demon Awakens, just that happens. An ancient evil known as the demon dactyl awakens from his slumber and attempts to take over Corona. A few intrepid fighters dealing with their own battles cross paths and become fast friends: Brandwarden, the hearty life-living centaur. Brother Avelyn, quite possibly the only true holy man left in Corona, with a cache of stolen magic gemstones and the strength to use them for the greater good. Jilleponsie, once a soldier in the kings army and one of the first to see the signs of war and fight back against it. And Elbryan, her long lost love, the elven trained ranger also known as Nightbird.

Together this quartet of friends take the fight to the demon and destroy it within its base of power once and for all.

Or so they thought.

As we discover here in Demon Spirit, the dactyl is alive, if not well, and has taken up residence in the body of the second most powerful man in Corona: Father Abbot Markwort, leader of the most powerful church Corona has known, the Abecillian Order.

So now the survivors of the Demon Awakens must fight not only the fracturing armies of the dactyl, but also take on the second most powerful group in the known world, and rescue a friend long thought lost.

Seriously, if that doesn’t draw you in, I don’t know what will.

I did have a hard time reading it a times, as I got really emotionally vested and started to get easily angered at the things the Father Abbot was doing, but also eager to see how he got it in the end. So I was putting it down a lot, but thankfully I was picking it back up again soon after!

Taking a break from the epic fantasy for a sec here and changing gears to the romance track for a bit, we got Twice Tempted by Jeanine Frost next.

13125234Dating the Prince of Darkness has its challenges…

Leila’s psychic abilities have been failing her, and now she isn’t sure what the future holds. If that weren’t enough, her lover, Vlad, has been acting distant. Though Leila is a mere mortal, she’s also a modern woman who refuses to accept the cold shoulder treatment forever–especially from the darkly handsome vampire who still won’t admit that he loves her.

Like choosing between eternal love and a loveless eternity…

Soon circumstances send Leila back to the carnival circuit, where tragedy strikes. And when she finds herself in the crosshairs of a killer who may be closer than she realizes, Leila must decide who to trust– the fiery vampire who arouses her passions like no other or the tortured knight who longs to be more than a friend? With danger stalking her every step of the way, all it takes is one wrong move to damn her for eternity.