Title: Demon Kin
Author: T.G. Ayer
Series: (DarkWorld: A Soul Tracker Novel #2)
Pub. Date: January 17th, 2017
Publisher: Infinite Ink Books
Genre: YA, Fantasy
When a business tycoon hires Mel Morgan to find his missing daughter, the SoulTracker is thrown headlong into twists and turns of unexpected deaths and unusual killers. But to find the girl in time to save her, she has to first understand the killer. Demonic or human killers? Mel can’t decide which will be worse.
Things get a little complicated when she has to help find both a Panther Alpha’s mother, and a reluctant Djinn Queen. Add to the mix an evil spirit plus her mentor Samuel sending her terrifying messages in the Ether. Save him, or else.
It’s just all in a days work for a SoulTracker.
Demon Kin is a fast paced adventure full of mystery, murder, action, secrets, and slight romance. As far as sequels go, Demon Kin surpasses Blood Magic in being able to engross and thrill you quickly and right from the start. Now that we know about the world and the characters, what drives them and how much we care for them, it is much easier for the story line to focus on the action and mystery of cases and work and the paranormal surrounding Mel. So while the first book was not as fast paced, thrilling, or action packed because we were learning about the characters, their pasts, and their motivations, the second book is much more focused on bringing that fear factor, of getting us involved in cases and motivating us readers to be detectives. I was hooked from the beginning and could hardly put it down until I read the last page!
Mel has grown a fair bit in this installment. She becomes aware of lurking threats and time lines, weakening powers, evil enemies and the lengths they go to survive, as well as information about a missing person she still has not stopped searching for. Through it all she is resilient, strong, and she knows when she needs to back down and listen and when she needs to fight. Mel has a big mouth that gets her in trouble and has gotten her enemies, but even so she laughs in their face and never shows her fear. She has her flaws though, such as not knowing when to stop, of always trying to help everyone and taking too much responsibility, and of staying quite when she needs her friends for something personal. She may have grown, but she still has a long way to go.
We get even less of Salem in Demon Kin, unfortunately. What we do see of him is groping, worry over his mother, the fact that he doesn’t really take care of himself because he is so worried, and anger to those he allowed to dupe him. Even this we see little of though. Whenever he is in a scene, someone or something bigger is going on, so the story doesn’t focus on him. I will admit, that is slightly disappointing. But since we don’t know much about his character to begin with, it doesn’t affect the story in any way and his absence is hardly noticed. This does mean he hasn’t grown, or at least we haven’t seen it, so it will be difficult to connect with him in further books.
The world-building is growing with the story, thankfully. We see more of the two paranormal leading groups, how they operate (and what they do in secret), as well as what they are willing to do to learn more about what is best left alone. We also see more of what the realms can throw out into the human world, what they are capable of, and how to defeat them. If they can be defeated, that is. The more the story grows, the more we get hints of the world’s complexity and what could be in store for the characters. Hopefully this continues to grow!
Overall, Demon Kin is action packed and quick to read, something everyone could enjoy!