THE DEMON LOVER
Don’t be fooled by the title, The Demon Lover is not a romantic tale. About a relationship between an incubus and his reluctant muse, this story features fairies, witches and other assorted fairy-tale creatures, all set in a modern college town. This is a wonderfully clever and inventive tale full of magic, yet still contemporary and believable. The author’s subtle yet very effective use of foreshadowing keeps the reader engaged, and the surprising ending has a lovely dose of bittersweet romance and a good dash of optimism.
Callie McFay grew up on gothic literature and fairy tales, and is now an accomplished scholar with a teaching position in the renowned folklore department of Fairwick College. But the seemingly idyllic town holds a secret: It houses the doorway to the world of Faerie, and most of her colleagues and neighbors are real fairies, witches and demons. Now Callie needs their help to banish a particularly persistent incubus before it drains her life, but it’ll only work if Callie can first let go of her own attachment to it. (BALLANTINE, Jan., 432 pp., $15.00)