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About The Demon’s Possession by Kiersten Fay

As captain of the merchant ship Marada, Sebastian has only one goal: keep his family and his crew safe while they deliver a curious parcel to a ruthless pirate. But when a bewitching young woman mysteriously appears on his ship, he finds it impossible to focus on the job…and to keep his hands off her.

Analia has known only one life: enslavement. In a bid for freedom, she escapes onto a craft led by a fearsome demon captain. If she is to maintain her freedom, she must gain Sebastian’s trust while concealing her true nature.

Together they contend with the hazards of open space, but what no one knows is her secrets are more dangerous than anything they have encountered before.

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Review of The Demon’s Possession

I’m calling The Demon’s Possession Scifi Romance.  You can call it paranormal romance too, but it reads more like space opera featuring characters of extraordinary abilities.

Analia, the heroine, has unique abilities and because of those talents, has been a slave for most of her life. She knows nothing of life beyond the abusive conditions she lived in for what seemed like two hundred years. Somehow, she finds the courage to escape and stow away on the merchant ship Marada.

The Marada belongs to the demon Sebastian, his brother Calic and sister Sonya. Since the word demon has always had such negative connotations, I will point out right now that these are the good guys in this story. When Analia is discovered on the ship by Sebastian, the demon family, along with their demon friend Marik, introduce Analia to the life of freedom she had only dreamed of. This includes learning about attraction and romance with Sebastian. Analia’s naiveté about everything, including men, a result of her life-long imprisonment, conflicts with Sebastian’s worldly experience which is influenced by an act of betrayal by the women in his life when his home world was invaded centuries ago.

Analia is a woman that is over 200 years old.  Due to her nearly lifelong enslavement, I can understand her naiveté about ‘normal’ life.  However, she is emotionally very young and trusts too easily for someone with her age and background.  I would like to have seen a lot more suspicion and wariness in Analia.  Likewise, I was not convinced the demons were also centuries old.  I think the need for these characters to be hundreds of years old old had more to do with the background events leading up to the story than needing experienced, old and wise characters.  In reading the book, I eventually ignored the age thing, because I was enjoying the overall story so much.

A strange commission for the merchant ship, enemies chasing Analia, danger onboard the Marada, as well as the growing romance between Analia and Sebastian keep the story strong and the pages turning. Eventually, events impel Analia and Sebatian toward a new purpose.  Which will, of course lead to a new adventure in the series.

This is the second time I have read this book. The first time, was back in 2013.  This time, I read a newly released version, which I enjoyed very much.  I felt ending was stronger and left me feeling satisfied with how events were wrapped up.  This could be me with foggy memories of the original version, but regardless, I truly enjoyed this book.  The Demon’s Possession has a lovely romance, plenty of action and lots of really great characters that set you up for the next installment.  I am ready to re-read the series, hopefully soon!

Through NetGalley, the author provide a copy of her book in exchange for my honest review.

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