Demon's Fire by Emma Holly
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Genre: Action/Adventure, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Other: M/F, M/F/M, M/M, Ménage, Multiple Partners, BDSM
Review by Hibisicus
Desperate to escape the routine life her family has planned for her, Beth Philips joins an archeological dig with her long-time friend, Charles. The desert city of Bhamjran is the perfect place to explore desires–including Charles's secret yen for a Yamish demon. And as he and Beth are soon to discover, some Yama find humans just as irresistible.
Once a sexual captive, Prince Pahndir now exploits his talents as proprietor to the most successful brothel in Bhamjran. Hoping to find his own erotic fulfillment, he believes these two young humans may hold the key to his long-frustrated demon needs. His seductive ways lure Beth and Charles into a passionate triangle, one that will redefine pleasure's limits . . . and challenge all their understanding of what love means.
I loved Demon's Fire. It took me into Ms. Holly's Yamish world, a world that I thought of as Earth in the late 1800's to early 1900's with superior beings who would be a little more advanced than us with our technology in Victorian Era Earth. The setting takes place in the city of Bhamjran and around the archaeological site of Hhamoun and the tomb of Tou-Hhamoun.
Beth is a young sweet woman who is fascinated by both Prince Pahndir and Charles. When Lord Herrington takes her to the Old Kingdom and into the tomb of Tou, strange things happen and Beth is inhabited by the spirit of Tou. Beth seemed to come out of her shell after this had occurred. I enjoyed her character more and loved how she handled both Pahndir and Charles throughout the story.
Prince Phandir is a character from several of Ms. Holly's earlier works. I felt sorry for all that had happened to him in his life up to this point. Losing his wife, sold into slavery, declared dead by his family. I wanted to do whatever I could to give him a small measure of comfort. When his cousin, Muto comes to him to accuse him of wanting to reassert his place in his house, I wanted to strike Muto for being so evil. Phandir's attention to both Beth and Charles draws them into the attempt on his life and he is forced to rely on their help to save himself.
The character of Charles is not as developed as either Beth's or Pahndir's is but I could feel the draw that he had for the Yamish people. He was a prostitute when he was young before he was adopted by Roxanne and Adrian Philips, who are Beth's brother and sister-in-law. He never sold his essence but craves just that in the story. His attraction to both Prince Pahndir and Beth is explored in various scenes and I felt at times that he was just a third wheel to Pahndir and Beth as opposed to an integral part of their threesome.
I found Demon's Fire to be an enjoyable read, and was delighted to see several characters from previous books making an appearance. This story can be read on it's own but I was able to understand subtle nuances of the Yamish culture and the alternate world of Victorian Age Earth easier from having read the previous books in the series. There were many twist and turns in the story and numerous sizzling sex scenes of which Ms. Holly writes so well. I enjoyed Demon's Fire and highly recommend you give it a try.