Key of Solomon
March 28, 2011 4 Comments
Key of Solomon by Cassiel Knight is the first book of the new Relic Defender series. It’s a paranormal romance of the Angels and Demons genre and it can be found at the Samhaim Store which I’m going to have to check out in case there are more fun books like this. It’s only available as an ebook right now.
It’s a kick-assitude story of choices with mystical and historical elements. There are a variety of paranormal characters and some fascinating world building. Even some of the settings are paranormal like the Chicago strip club-that-allows-belly dancing where we first meet Lexi and Mikos.
Once Lexi (and readers) meet Rocky-the-changeling-imp the subtle shifts from dark and dangerous to surreal entertainment begin. The angel-demon politics are a bit bent, the dark angel wings are majestic and the vampy-cat-demon wears some great costumes that could horribly clash with her hair and eyes, if she was human.
It’s a quest story with surprising twists and Lexi is a sensual and reluctant heroine who can curl up in a chair and pout a bit that she really just wants to finish the quest and return to her life. If she really has to save humanity in the process, oh well, there are one or two humans worth saving. This reader would have liked a little more belly dancing.
The suspense is not where it was expected (which I liked) and the world building was fascinating. The novel has some great quotes and is lightly peppered with clichés delivered with precise timing. The story had its own style arc from dark and tense to surreal and suspenseful to wild and wacky while still being dark and tense.
It was an interesting and entertaining read and bodes well for future books in the series.