529593I knew it!  I knew it!  I bawled like a baby at the end of this one!  Again!  What on earth is up with me picking all these damned books that make me feel all these feelings and stuff?

*sigh* Ah well.  It was still a good book.

So here in Demon Apostle, the third in the Demon War Saga by R.A. Salvatore we meet up again with Pony, Elbrynon, Brandwarden, and their elf friend who I can never pronounce his name so I just call him J.  In book 1, the Demon Awakens, these friends, along with a robust priest named Avelyn, rise to the occasion to bring down the demon dactyl, an ancient evil that awakens to threaten the world every few centuries or so. Avelyn dies, Brandwarden dissapears, leaving Ebrynon, Pony, and J to continue on.

In book 2, the Demon Spirit we discover that the essence of the demon dactyl is alive and well, inhabiting the body of the Father Abbot Markwart, leader of the most powerful religion in the realm of Corona.  Markwart hears the dactyl speaking to him and thinks its the voice of god so of course he does everything it says. He’s in the cities running amok, Pony, Elbrynon and J are in the wilds trying to rebuild and pushing back the last of the demon’s armies, and the missing Brandwarden reappears.  Alive, but badly wounded.

So much more obviously goes on in those books, but there’s the gist of it.  Now in Demon Apostle, we basically pick up where Demon Spirit leaves off.  Elbrynon and his lady love Pony realize that the Father Abbott is a threat, but it takes some time for them to realize the real threat behind the man.  Pony and Elbrynon split up to take care of their respective duties both real and imagined, and the whole book is split between the three stories culminating in an epic battle that takes care of the threat forever.

Or so everyone thinks.

It was really hard for me to read this one, and took me some time as *spoiler* Pony is pregnant throughout most of the book with Elbrynon’s child, and he doesn’t know a damned thing about it almost up until the very end.  Call me emotional, sentimental, or anything else like that, but I have a hard time reading things like that.  Were characters are being fundamentally stupid and sometimes downright vicious.

I mean, damn! Those elves man!  They are cold hearted pieces of work.  Especially considering what happens as the series continues.  So much could have been avoided if they had only kept their damned noses out of things.

Ah well.  Makes things interesting later on.

Going for something -hopefully- not so emotionally investing this time round.  Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night, Immortals After Dark #4 by Kresley Cole.  I need a break from all that for a bit…

435045Bowen MacRieve of the Lykae clan was nearly destroyed when he lost the one woman meant for him. The ruthless warrior grew even colder, never taking another to his bed—until a smoldering encounter with his enemy, Mariketa the Awaited, reawakens his darkest desires. When sinister forces unite against her, the Highlander finds himself using all his strength and skill to keep her alive.

Temporarily stripped of her powers, Mari is forced to take refuge with her sworn adversary. It’s rumored that no one can tempt Bowen’s hardened heart, but soon passion burns between them. Though a future together is impossible, she fears he has no intention of letting her go.

If they defeat the evil that surrounds them, can Mari deny Bowen when he demands her body and soul—or will she risk everything for her fierce protector?