Title: Mark of the Sylph
Author: Rosalie Lario
Release Date: September 6th, 2011
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
*If you have not read Blood of the Demon this may contain spoilers*
Half-demon Taeg is desperate to free his pregnant sister-in-law, who is spellbound to an indestructible book that will create an army of the undead. He is convinced that an ancient sword can destroy the book and the spell forever, but this relic has been hidden for a millennia by a powerful glamour. The clock begins to run out on his search when an old rival goes after the book and Teags family in his quest for revenge.
Librarian Maya Flores has a secret: shes immune to magic and is well aware of the supernatural beings prowling the streets of New York City. Haunted by a brutal demon attack that took her family, she is on a one-woman mission to destroy the evil demons who did itand any others who get in her way.
Maya is Taegs best hope for uncovering the sword. Unfortunately, she wants nothing more than to kill him. As he fights for her trust and to save his family, she is forced to face the truth that not all demons are evil. And the worst part? She might be falling in love with one, too.
Summary from Goodreads.com
My Review: I fell in love with this world when I read the first book in the series, Blood of the Demon (review here) and was excited to dive back in. Since this is the second book in the series, I would recommend reading the first one, but it is not necessary. Rosalie gives you enough back story on the characters and events from the previous book that you will not be confused. If you read the first one however, it will just make the experience of reading Mark of the Sylph more enjoyable.
We rejoin the brothers in Mark of the Sylph pretty much right where we left them before. Taeg is guilt stricken since he feels like he has let Keegan down one too many times. To try and redeem himself, he is searching for a way to break Brynn from the curse that binds her to the book capable of raising an army of the dead. Taeg is the brother that I gravitated toward in the last book, Blood of the Demon, so I was really excited to read a book devoted to just him. He has an extremely sarcastic attitude and a hilarious collection of t-shirts. If I didn’t know better I would think he could just conjure up the perfect shirt for the every occasion, but he does not have that ability. So, his t-shirt choices are just well planned out comic relief for the reader. While hilarious, Taeg does have a serious side and it is seen in the book through his sense of duty. He struggles with loyalty and who he owes allegiance to more, his heart or his family. From the moment he meets Maya, he is intrigued by her and her ability to surprise him constantly. Taeg has always been very confident and a bit of a player, so watching Maya take his ego down a few notches was delightful.
Speaking of Maya, she is a heroine that I warmed up to very quickly. For one she works at a library, gotta love a bookworm, and two, she can totally kick butt when needed. She has grown up with a deep rooted hatred of demons, and rightly so since they are responsible for the death of her family. Therefore, her initial interactions with Taeg are not happy ones. She is not impressed with his unwelcome flirtation and given the chance she would take him out. While Taeg struggles with loyalty, Maya’s inner battle is with breaking preconceived notions of a person, or in this case demon. She believes all demons are evil, period, no exceptions. And Taeg challenges that idea at every turn. This is a theme we see so often in real life, maybe not with demons, but with people in general. Many are far too judgmental of others and Mark of the Sylph addresses that issue with Maya. That expression “Don’t judge a book by its cover” comes to mind. Maybe that should be another t-shirt that Taeg wears, “Don’t judge a demon by its horns!” Haha, sorry could not resist that one. 😉
Okay, back to the book. Mark of the Sylph did have action that kept the characters busy, but there were no curve balls thrown into the plot. I usually expect to have at least one surprise in there just to keep myself and the characters on our toes, but I did have pretty much everything figured out about two thirds of the way through. I really enjoyed the characters though, and their sarcasm and steamy relationship did counteract some of the predictability. I would definitely not let this keep you from reading the book. It is still a great book; it is just focuses more on the relationship between the two main characters, instead of twists and turns in the storyline.
Overall, I really enjoyed the second addition to the Demons of the Infernum series. Taeg was a great alpha male and Maya was a kick butt and take names kind of heroine. The other brothers, as always, had fun banter sessions and kept you falling in love with them. I am looking forward to the next book and discovering which brother Rosalie will let us get to know next. 😉
FTC: A big thank you to the publisher for letting me read this ARC through NetGalley.