The Night Realm is the first book in the Spell Weaver series by Annette Marie. It is a urban fantasy novel with some paranormal romance thrown in.
Clio is a demon that has been sent to Earth for her protection. As the illegitimate daughter of a king she was in danger in the unstable kingdom. Or, her half brother thought that her unique skills would be of more help elsewhere. When she is enlisted to go to the Night Realm to basically steal powerful magic chaos ensues. She also meets an extremely hot incubus.
This is a unique urban fantasy with a lot of potential. I enjoyed that there were many new elements, or unique ways of combining old urban fantasy troops. It is well written, with words flowing together well, no noticeable spelling and grammar errors, and the plot is consistent.
Unfortunately, there were also a lot of cliche elements also. The virgin girl who gets so flustered over a guy. When she first meets him I felt like I was reading every other paranormal romance book in existence. Thankfully, things improved dramatically from there. The characters became unique even if they still remained mostly perfect.
There was also just a bit too much in the book. I can't remember the last time I read an urban fantasy book and thought there was just too much action, this may be the first time. However, characters can only take so much before you can't expect them to get away. Then to end with them not even seriously harmed after all they have been through. It was a bit too much.
I still enjoyed the start of this series and plan on continuing to see where it goes. I see a lot of potential in Annette Marie as well as her characters.
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