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Monday, April 13, 2009

Ghostland by Jory Stong

Taken from her home and family, shamaness Aisling McConaughey has no choice except to enter the “ghostlands” in order to learn the fate of a wealthy man’s mistress. But there is always a price to pay for the use of her power. To save the woman’s life she must summon the Djinn prince Zurael en Caym—and yield to his savage, sensual rage.
Zurael fears nothing except being called and bound to a human’s will. He intends to kill Aisling after she’s served as bait to find an enemy in possession of an ancient tablet. But the more he tastes of her innocent spirit, the more he’ll use his fiery touch and seductive whispers to keep her hungry for his mercy—even as they weave an erotic spell that he cannot escape…
Powerful forces threaten both their worlds, leaving Aisling and Zurael with an unbearable choice. Follow their hearts…or stay true to their honor and risk losing an eternity of pleasure.
Post-apocalyptic urban fantasy... not really my thing. But when you plot that supernaturals came out of hiding after a turmoil with war and plague then that's a different story. Welcome to United States where San Francisco is being ruled by vampires. Oakland being ruled by wealthy humans but ruled by predators at night. Where other creature of the night is a common knowledge. A world where the masses fear for their life and religious gain from temptations.
This is my first time reading Jory Strong's novel. The whole Djinn and Angels, shaman, sigils and all the waaay beyond are new to me, I have to look it up on wikipedia to have more info on it. The main protagonists Zurael and Aisling are captivating. The passion between them were so hot the description burns the pages. Strong wasn't kidding when she wrote the tag line- "seduce the forbidden". The novel is dark, grim and erotic (on different levels) and the story line was strong and intriguing and I love the book cover.
If you don't mind a fair amount blood shed, the weird-ass graphical description of kinky sex mixed with the paranormals this book's for you. Different world, different time, different fantasy system.

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