Image of Getting Familiar with Your Demon (That Old Black Magic)


Image of Getting Familiar with Your Demon (That Old Black Magic)

I’ll be honest: I was all set to dislike this action-packed angels-and-demons tale from the first few scenes with snarky, foul-mouthed antihero Sam, but I just couldn’t resist Redford’s mix of sweet and sassy lady characters — and by the end of the book, even Sam was tugging at my heartstrings. The worldbuilding is loose and confusing, heroine Marabella is a little too nice, but it doesn’t get in the way of the essentially warm and funny relationships that evolve among Marabella, Sam and Sam’s relatives Cass and Nikki. It’s got the sweetness of a Dianna Wynne Jones novel and the spice of something much more adult, a truly fun combination.

Samael Gorasola is a grouchy soul collector with a score to settle. Marabella Blanchard is a sweet-hearted shop owner who just can’t seem to lose her virginity. He’s a blackhearted demon; she’s an angelic white witch. So when fate throws them together, there’s no telling what will happen. When Marabella accidentally lifts the seal that stamps Sam with both his status and enslavement, he can’t quite tell if he’s relieved or disappointed — and while he may not be able to make up his mind, the woman who once owned him isn’t pleased one bit. She’s coming after Sam, so it’s not exactly the best time for him to go good! (SAMHAIN, Jan., 264 pp., $15.00)
Reviewed by: 
Jericha Senyak