Demon's Fall

Demon's Fall

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by Karalynn Lee
     
 

She was an angel at the gates of Hell.

When Kenan, an incubus, finds a caged angel for sale in the Hellsgate marketplace, he sees her as a challenge. Certain that his skills in seduction will work as well on a heavenly creature as they do on mortal women, he buys Jahel, intent on having her soul as a novelty in his collection.

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Overview

She was an angel at the gates of Hell.

When Kenan, an incubus, finds a caged angel for sale in the Hellsgate marketplace, he sees her as a challenge. Certain that his skills in seduction will work as well on a heavenly creature as they do on mortal women, he buys Jahel, intent on having her soul as a novelty in his collection.

Knowing he must gain Jahel's trust if she is to come to his bed willingly, Kenan treats her more as his guest than as his slave. When she reveals what brought her to the mouth of Hell in the first place—retrieving the soul of a young girl she was guarding—he even offers to help her complete her mission.

Though he has promised Jahel freedom, Kenan soon realizes she has captured his heart instead. And as their passion for one another grows, they find themselves caught in a struggle between Heaven and Hell, one that will lead them to the very edge of the apocalypse...

26,000 words

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426896996
Publisher:
Carina Press
Publication date:
07/15/2013
Sold by:
HARLEQUIN
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
565,613
File size:
506 KB

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The merchant had trapped the angel in a cage so small she was forced to wrap her wings around herself. She had drawn up her knees and buried her face in her arms so that only her hair could be seen. It held the sheen of pearl, and promised silken softness.

Kenan started to reach between the bars, but a whip suddenly stung his fingers.

"No touching!" The merchant coiled the whip back under his arm, but Kenan had no doubt that it would flick out again at any hint of another transgression.

"How much?" he asked.

The merchant studied him, calculating a price.

"She's going to waste away soon anyway," Kenan said. "She clearly hasn't the will to live on in that cage." Her arms were thin and her feathers dull and matted.

"Angels are a rare find," the merchant countered. "How often do you see one in the market?"

"That's because nobody in Hellsgate wants one. How about a trade?" Kenan tossed him a coin and was gratified to watch the merchant nearly drop his whip while fumbling to catch it.

On one side of the coin was the proud profile of a handsome woman; on the other, a name—Shellay Dew Maraden. She had been a harder conquest than most. The merchant examined the coin, turned it over, then bit it lightly. His eyes brightened. "A tasty soul." He nodded toward the angel. "Take her."

Kenan knelt and undid the latch, which was coated with sticky sin to keep her inside. The cage door swung open, but the angel didn't move. "Come on," he said.

She didn't respond.

He sharpened his voice. "Come out, gutter-wing."

She lifted her head just enough for him to see the gleam of an angry eye.

"You won't get any cleaner in there," he said reasonably.

After a moment she crawled out of the cage, dragging a chain behind her. It was attached to a black iron collar around the angel's neck, and on the other end to a cuff. The merchant snapped his whip twice, picking up the cuff and then setting it at Kenan's feet.

The angel reached for it and the merchant lashed at her. She snatched her hand back and cradled it to her chest, transferring her glare to him. Kenan hastily picked up the cuff before she attacked the merchant, as she seemed inclined to.

"You can lead her with that," the merchant said. "Her wings have been clipped, so she won't fly away."

"Many sales," Kenan said in polite farewell.

The angel came to her feet slowly. She was nearly his height, and the grimy shift she wore came only to her knees. Her face was smudged, but he could tell that her skin was pale under the dirt and drawn too tight against her cheekbones. Her eyes were gray and still angry. Good, she'd kept her spirit. It might be all that kept her standing—she looked too weak otherwise.

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Demon's Fall 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story had everything I was looking for in a quick read. Full of romance, adventure, and mystery.
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Katy_Beth More than 1 year ago
I would actually give this book a 3.5. While it was so not my cup of tea I still thought it was well written and the ending was very sweet. To see the Demon Kenan work so hard for his love the Angel - Jahel made for a nice story. I received this book soon after getting my nook and it felt good to accomplish getting it crossed off my to read list as well.
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murphyslibrary More than 1 year ago
(from Murphy's Library - rated 2 and a half there) Jahel is an angel ready to be sold. Yeah. You read it right. Sold. After being captured in a city with mostly demons and lost souls, that was her destiny: being in a cage, waiting for the one who will buy her. The surprise is when she ends up being bought by a demon, Kenan. Could it be the beginning of her end? His intentions clearly aren't the best, as we could expected from a demon. It is obvious that her end will be souless, right? I thought the plot was interesting when I read the synopses, and I wasn't wrong: it is an interesting book. The narrative is very good, and the balance between characters was well made. So, what was my problem with it? Yes, I had a problem with this book: it was just <em>too</em> short. There were so many things I thought could have been better explained, turning the book into a real book and not just a tale, like it seemed to be. The story, the author, the characters, had potencial for more than the few pages that this book had, and I felt, at the end, like it was missing pages. The story is concluded, this wasn't the problem... But we could have had so much more in the <em>middle.</em> Overall, it was a good book. Could be great if we had more, but I think it did an <em>OK</em> job.
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Tinkerbell1321 More than 1 year ago
If you ever wonder what might happen when an angel meets a demon look no further! Actually, I'm kidding, you might want to look a little further, but I can't deny the fun quality to the story. It takes place in this imaginative world and mixes in a fairytale! Cute! The characters are lovable even if they are predictable, though I will say the angel took me for surprise just a wee bit. I hadn't quite expected that story. It was an easy read and the perfect bedtime story. Warning: not really a children's story. A sweet romance, but like most romances it did have a few descriptive sex scenes.
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KikiD870 More than 1 year ago
The novel opens with Jahel, an angel, in the last place you would expect to find an angel, trapped in a cage, ready to be sold to whomever pays the right price. She has been captured in Hellsgate, a city populated by demons and lost mortals, caught between the mortal realm and Hell itself. She came to Hellsgate to find the soul of her former charge, feeling she failed to guard her. Instead, she found herself being purchased by a demon, an incubus named Kenan who, unbeknownst to her, plans to seduce her and steal her soul to add to his collection. Instead, he helps her, falls in love with her, and breaks all the rules in order to protect her. Too many times, in novels with the theme of good versus evil, one or both sides are too much, either too good or too evil. For a mere mortal such as I, I know that rarely is anyone purely good or purely evil. I very much liked that in Demon's Fall, the author created a whole world, one in which there are shades of grey. In essence, both Jahel and Kenan have very much the same role, to collect souls, just for different ends. The interplay between the angel and the demon as they fell in love was interesting as the themes of good versus evil was shown in a way that made it seem as if it were coming from it's own pantheon or belief system, rather than using the traditional Christian views. I also liked the fact that, while erotic, the sex in the novel wasn't gratuitous. It was integral to the story in that it both illustrated a non-traditional view of angels and demons and it enhanced the romance of the story. I would definately recommend this book!
Cid More than 1 year ago
I'm always intrigued by stories that feature an angel-demon dynamic and interweave Biblical beliefs. I won't lie - I have a degree in Biblical Studies so I'm a bit of a snob for when things are taken and twisted to be something else. However, those that either do it well or create their own world are the ones to be really admired. Demon's Fall creates it's own world; I was never certain what time period to call it, which made it all that much more interesting. The bulk of the story takes place in Hellsgate, a city of mixed mortal and demonic population just this side of Hell. Here demons and mortals co-exist. The worldbuilding was really cool; the author acknowledges the self-serving nature of both angels and demons; angels want humans to go to Heaven because it's better - demons want humans souls to commit to hell, because in both instances the angel or demon gets something. There is also a reference to a third path humans can take but it's only mentioned in passing. Demon's Fall does take some Biblical prophecy and craft it to its own purposes. This could be clich&#233;; I know I've seen so many things that twist the book of Revelations that I almost squirm and fight to not roll my eyes - but the way that it was done in Demon's Fall was just really cool. It no longer seemed as if the author was twisting Christianity to fit the story, but that we were talking about something completely different - a whole other pantheon and prophecy. The novella is, despite my long winded assessment of the setting and prophecy of the story, a love story. A demon purchases a caged angel and proceeds to fall in love with her. The story is told from Kenan's point of view, which I thought was interesting because in the long run it was Jahel who had more to lose. My biggest problem with most romance novellas is that the actual step to falling in love rarely feels plausible. I will admit that the romance didn't 100% convince me that they were in love, and perhaps that was why - oh wait, that would be a spoiler ;D about three fourths of the way through I was liking the build of the romance, but it's that last chapter that sealed it for me and made me wanna go - aawweee. Demon's Fall is also an erotic novella, so yes, there is sex and it is graphic in nature - it's erotic. But despite the titillating factor it is motivated by the story, it's not just sex for the sake of having sex depicted on the page. On a purely logistical nature, it's interesting to see how one would manage wings and sex. Not for younger readers, or readers who are easily offended by warping traditional Christian beliefs. But if you like a short romance that is both erotic and fantastical - read it. I liked it a lot.
darkangel_1988 More than 1 year ago
An Okay Book