By Doranna Durgin, author of Claimed by the Demon (Harlequin Nocturne)
Strong heroines, tortured heroes, and supernatural blades…
The truth is, I come by my thing about blades honestly–I fenced competitively in college, learned the value of a good work blade while living remotely in the mountains, taught myself how to throw knives (and actually hit things, by which I mean the things I meant to hit), was privileged to spar with the late Hank Reinhardt, and ended up on the SFWA* Musketeers when we were making the rounds with performances to raise money for the Emergency Medical Fund. (*Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America)
Not to mention I read all of the Dumas books way back when, not just The Three Musketeers. (And I have a beagle named D’Artagnan! But you can call him Dart. He’s quite dashing, if he says so himself.)
A good blade requires skill to make, and skill to wield–and those things take time and dedication and talent. Not to mention that the heroic character who handles a blade is taking his (or her!) conflicts up close and personal. It’s physical, it’s intimate, and it has consequences.
Sometimes unintended consequences.
Because in Claimed by the Demon, Michael MacKenzie has no idea what he’s truly getting into as he reaches for what seems an innocuous fallen knife. The instant his hand closes hand around that hilt, his life changes, locking him in a battle with a trapped demonic entity in search of redemption.
And only the blade wielder, through heroic acts performed in tandem with the blade, can earn that redemption.
The problem is, the demonic entity is what it is–controlling, violent, and greedy for blood. Even as it leads its wielder–our hero!–forth to do battle on the side of Right, it fights an insidious battle to gain control of him.
So there’s Michael MacKenzie fighting the bad guys, and he’s fighting the blade, and he often isn’t quite sure who’s winning on what front. No little wonder it takes a strong woman like Gwen Badura to balance all THAT!
Emerging victorious with a demon blade in hand is about more than winning. It’s about men and women overcoming darkness to find themselves, and to find their perfect partners.
It’s about a silvered ecstasy.
Or at least, that’s how it strikes me. Or am I the only one with a thing for a keen edge combined with a keen heart?
About the Book
A blade wanted his soul…but she wanted his heart in Doranna Durgin’s Claimed by the Demon
Gwen Badura lives by instinct, tied to the pendant she has worn since she was a child. Michael MacKenzie is driven by the demon blade he carries, his soul slowly poisoned by its demands. They are both drawn to the city of Albuquerque by forces they do not understand…forces that require their submission—or their death.
Thrown together by violence, in a city being driven mad with hate, their connection—emotional and physical—is immediate, and fierce. They don’t know the rules of this deadly game, only the penalty for losing. Gwen and Mac need to trust each other to survive—but the secrets they carry may destroy them first.