Series: Angelbound Offspring
Vol or Book #: 2
Author: Christina Bauer
Audience: Adult 18+
Format: E-book and Paperback
Publisher: Ink Monster LLC
Cover by: Art by Ana Cruz, Graphics by Paddy Donnelly
Editor: Ink Monster LLC
Pages: 250 pages
Date Published: 10-27-15
Unlike her famous older brother Maxon, Princess Portia isn't known for killing demons or attracting admirers. The reason why is simple: a spell was cast on Portia, and the magic has marked her to one day transform into a dreaded Void demon. To fight this horrible fate, Portia’s spent her life hiding in libraries and learning magic. But when the Void demons threaten to destroy all the after-realms—and the handsome dragon Emperor Tempest offers his help—then Portia suspects that her future holds more than just a demonic metamorphosis. Fate is calling the bookworm princess onto the battlefield, and it’s a fight against both deadly enemies and her heart’s desires.
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Princess Portia was Marked. She will become a Void demon. When these demons begin the threaten all the realms, Portia finds help from a dragon. An Emperor dragon, no less. Tempest fights his own demons, he is Marked as well, but not in the same way Portia is. Can they save the worlds, and each other??
This is book two in the Angelbound Offspring series which are follow-on books from the Angelbound series. I have read none of them. I didn't feel I was missing anything for not having done so, although I am left curious about some characters and what happened to them. I may go back at some point, and read them. Nor have I read anything else by Ms Bauer.
I liked this, I did. It was a little different and I will always say different is good. It moves along at speed in places, and I did think a little too fast at points. Portia and Tempest do get their happy ending though, and I liked that.
Maxon's, Portia's older brother, book comes with an adult warning and this is probably why I said yes to reading this one, although I rarely turn dragons down. This one doesn't. And I see why. Its clean, totally. It does get a little messy, and scary at points for Portia and Tempest, but I would let my 14 yr old read it, should she be inclined.
Its also single person, first person, present tense POV. This is not one of my favourite combinations, and I noticed it here.
so, because of the single pov, and the Young Adult status I'm giving it..
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My heart beats at double speed while I rush up the staircase to the Ryder mansion. After pulling open the fancy wooden door, I step inside a large and empty foyer. Well, it’s almost empty.
The President of Purgatory is waiting for me. Not good.
Even worse, her mouth is pressed into a thin and frustrated line. No question why she’s unhappy. My lecture on Magic Across The After-Realms should’ve started twenty minutes ago.
“Portia, you’re finally here,” she sighs. “We were getting frantic.”
The President’s known for being tough on crime, graft, and well, everything really. But she’s also my grandmother. When it comes to family, Gram’s a softie who worries like crazy. I should know, being a softie myself. I give her a quick peck on the cheek. “So sorry, Gram. I got caught up.”
Gram’s tail sways warily over her right shoulder. No shock, there. Every quasi-demon in Purgatory has a tail. Gram’s variety is long and black with an arrowhead-shaped end and a mind of its own. Currently, that mind totally suspects that I’m up to something.
Good suspicion, actually.
“What are you working on this time?” asks Gram. “Is it dangerous magic? Please tell me you’re being safe.”
“No, it’s not dangerous at all,” I say.
Which isn’t entirely true.
My cheeks redden with guilt, but I can’t exactly admit that I was up all night trying to track Void demons by casting spells with an enchanted canopic jar. It’s super-tricky stuff. I could’ve ended up with a Void demon in my living room, and I’m not what you call battle-hardy.
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