Review: Demon’s Curse (Imnada Brotherhood #1) by Alexa Egan
Series: Imnada Brotherhood #1
Published by: Pocket Books on December 26, 2012
Genres: Adult, PNR
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About the Book:
A rising star on the Covent Garden stage, Bianca Parrino believes she has everything she wants. Independence. Wealth. And a life finally free of her violent, abusive husband. But when her close friend, Adam, is murdered, and Bianca is suspected in his death, she is unwittingly drawn into the search for his killer, and soon must question everything she believes—about her friend, about herself, and about a world she never knew existed.
A member of the mysterious race of shape-shifting Imnada and part of an elite military unit, Captain Mac Flannery gathered intelligence during the Napoleonic wars. As a result of a savage massacre, Mac and the men he served with are cursed. Now one of them has been found murdered, and Mac suspects the existence of the Imnada has been discovered at last. His only link to unearthing the truth is the beautiful actress who turns up unexpectedly at Adam’s funeral.
Before long, Mac has more to contend with than Bianca’s overt mistrust, his ill-fated attraction to the haughty and beautiful actress, and his ongoing search for an end to the curse. Because Adam’s killer is back, and Mac is next on his list.
Demon’s Curse, the first novel from Alexa Egan and the first novel in the Imnada Brotherhood series was not a bad first novel, but it wasn’t great either.
Demon’s Curse tells the tale of Mac Flannery, a shapeshifter from a race called the Imnada and Bianca Parrino, a beautiful actress. Mac, along with three other Imnada, Adam, Gray, and David, participated in Waterloo, where Adam slaughtered a Fey-blood, magical beings that have been at odds with the Imnada since the days of King Arthur. The Fey placed a curse on the four soldiers, forcing them to shift every night rather than them shifting by choice. A year later, Adam is murdered and now Mac is convinced that someone is after the Imnada.
I can’t quite put my finger on it, but this novel really just didn’t grab me. To begin with, the pacing is really odd. Some parts felt really speedy and other parts felt as though they dragged on forever. Because Egan has created a world of Imnada, I expected there to be a little more explanation as to the race and some of the terminology used, but I had to pick up most of it from context. I did find out at the end that there’s a glossary, so definitely look back to that if you ever get confused. The few battle scenes that were in the novel I expected to be really drawn out and detailed, and they weren’t, which is good or bad depending on how much you care about the battle scenes.
The relationship between Mac and Bianca just seemed random to me. They initially come together because Mac hears the rumors that Bianca was Adam’s mistress, and Mac assumes she knows something about Adam’s death. It was clear that they were going to be together, because they’re the hero and heroine of the story, but other than that, I didn’t necessarily feel the chemistry there.
Since the prologue of the novel began with the four shifters, I kind of assumed that the friendship between the three remaining men would be a main focus of the novel. I was wrong. They weave in and out of the novel, but I wouldn’t call Gray and David main characters at all. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, it just isn’t what I expected based on the prologue.
One of my main problems with the novel (other than the weird pacing) was that towards the end of the novel, there were some new terms and new types of people (Realings). It just seemed thrown in close to the end, and I know it’s a series, so the Realings might become a bigger part of the novel later on, but it just seemed odd to throw in a Realing so close to the end of the novel without any real explanation.
All of that being said, there were good things about the book. The interesting parts of the novel were really interesting and kept my attention. The ending was intense, and I had a hard time putting the book down once I got to the last few chapters. I loved that the demons were shapeshifters, because I feel as though shapeshifters aren’t done as often, so that was different.
Overall, I give Demon’s Curse 3 out of 5 controllers. It wasn’t anywhere close to being the worst thing I’ve ever read, and the concept of the story is really interesting, but it just didn’t grab me.
3 Out of 5 Controllers