Demons are Forever

Julie Kenner
2008 reissue of 2007 release, Urban Fantasy
Jove Books, $7.99, 292 pages, Amazon ASIN 0515144800
Part of a series

Grade: B
Sensuality: N/A

I've looked at Julie Kenner's Confessions of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom books for several years, but never turned the corner on buying one. I jumped at the chance to review the latest installment and am happy that I did. Demons are Forever is the third book in the series and it worked well for me as a stand-alone.

Kate Connor is a suburban, stay-at-home mother, trying to raise her two children an energetic toddler and a 14-year-old daughter along with dealing with her second husband's burgeoning political career. Mix in the fact that Kate is a level four demon hunter working for Forza Scura, a secret arm of the Vatican, and you have one busy woman.

Kate and her first husband were raised by Forza and trained to be demon hunters from an early age. The two retired years ago, to raise a family in the suburbs. Kate remained retired after her first husband died, but has since resumed her demon-hunting career. Kate's current husband has no idea about her secret life, and until recently, neither did her daughter. Their quiet suburban community has been invaded by hordes of demons, and Kate and a rogue demon hunter patrol the city and kill demons when they find them. As if her life weren't complicated enough, Kate is beginning to suspect that the rogue demon hunter is actually her beloved first husband, come back to life in another body.

As the book begins, Kate's daughter Allie has been rescued from demon kidnappers and has lots of questions for her mother since Kate apparently killed a few of them in front of her. Kate spends the rest of the book fighting off a slew of demons threatening her family. The demons demand that Kate give them the vessel in which a super demon is trapped. Problem is, Kate has no idea what the vessel is.

Make no mistake, this is not a romance; Kate is the complete focus of the book. Fortunately, Kate is a very strong, interesting, kick-ass heroine and I especially enjoyed her attempts to juggle her parental and wifely responsibilities with demon fighting. There were some very funny lines about the relative difficulties of parenting versus demon fighting. In Kate's mind, parenting is the far more difficult task.

I also enjoyed reading about Kate's daughter Ally and her efforts to deal with the reality of demons in her world. In contrast, Stuart, Kate's second husband, remained pretty much a non-entity for me.

The book is an interesting mix of very funny moments interspersed with some dark aspects focusing on the struggles between good and evil. I have no idea where the author is going with the series, but intend to pick up the next book since I'm very curious to see what happens to Kate and the rest of the characters in the next installment.

-- LinnieGayl Kimmel

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