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Demon's Curse

(Imnada Brotherhood #1)

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  178 ratings  ·  72 reviews
A fast-paced and captivating debut—the first in the dark and sexy Imnada Brotherhood series about shape shifters in Regency-era England.

A rising star on the Covent Garden stage, Bianca Parrino believes she has everything she wants. Independence. Wealth. And a life finally free of her violent, abusive husband. But when her close friend, Adam, is murdered, and Bianca is susp
Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Published December 26th 2012 by Pocket Books
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Aly is so frigging bored
*ARC courtesy of Pocket Books via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*
The review is for the 40% that I have read

This one was one of the most promising books I've seen this past months. Unfortunately it didn't live to my expectations of it. What attracted me to it first was the title and the pretty cover(shirtless guy with a sword? SOLD!) then I read the blurb and I was even more eager to get the ARC.

What I expected:
-a cool new series with an intriguing world and action
-a strong, honorabl
Buddy reading with Aly & Maru (will update with links to their reviews later).

I'd probably give this 2.5 stars if I could but I didn't like it enough to upgrade to 3.

Mac is part of an elite military unit who are gathering intelligence during the war, they are also part of a secretive race of shapeshifters called the Imnada. The Imnada were supposedly wiped out by the Fae related Others centuries ago but in reality they have just worked hard to remain in hiding. When threatened with discovery
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads
Blog rating: D

Mac is one of a group of four shifters, or Imnada, who have been cast out of their clan after one of the men, Adam, killed a group of people who knew about their existence. But one of those people cast a spell on them right before he died, cursing them to live their lives in their shifter form every night. Their shift is forced on them and it’s because of the curse that they were cast out and have been on their own ever since. Adam has found
Joy (Cheery♡Reads)
A very big thank you to Edelweiss and Pocket Books for providing me with an ARC of this book.

Demon's Curse by Alexa Egan was brought to my attention when my fellow book buddy Maria did her weekly meme, Stacking the Shelves. I saw the sexy and gorgeous cover and was attracted to it. I further went to investigate by browsing Goodreads. I was further pulled in by the blurb and premise of the story. I was really exhilarated when my request for a copy of it was approved by Edelweiss. It was like Ch
Dec 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
A dark and intriguing start to a series based in an interesting historical London.

1815 – Three men walk through a house that has destruction all around, dead and dying bodies lay both outside and inside the house. The men are Imnada, a group of shape-changers and telepaths and they are trying to find out what happened and who is responsible before they go back to the war. The three find Adam, their comrade inside and find he is the one responsible for the deaths, however they do not blame him as
Oct 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Demon's Curse was a great beginning to a series that has a lot of potential and tons of story to build on. If you're not a fan of historicals don't be shy. The time period is almost a moot point. Yes, you get carriages and some mention of the ton and aristocracy, but for the most part the story could very easily take place in modern times.

Bianca and Mac's unlikely pairing was great to read. With both suffering past hurts,prejudices, and uncertain futures their ultimate coming together was wonder
May 16, 2012 rated it did not like it
Unfortunately this is one of those books that really didn't work for me. I know plenty of people love paranormal romance by Jennifer Ashley, Jacquelin Frank or Kresley Cole. I'm not one of them, but if you are, don't discount this book because of my very short review.

What went wrong? What you have here is a great promise to deliver, fabulous cover, mysterious synopsis... I was expecting something akin to Firelight by Kristen Callihan, beautiful, Gothic, fairytalish, - what I've got is a jerky, s
Janet Robel
Jan 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Good start to this series! I liked Mac and Bianca, so it kept me reading. The paranormal mixed with the historical setting is a nice change.
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: A good concept for a historical paranormal, but didn’t deliver in the way that would keep my interest.

Opening Sentence: One of the mythical race of shape-shifting Imnada and a member of an elite military unit, Captain Mac Flannery suffers under a ruthless curse.

The Review:

Demon’s Curse by Alexa Egan is the first book in the Imnada Brotherhood series. Set in a historical setting, Egan tells the tale of a secret race of shape-shifters who dem
Dec 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
This review also appears on my blog at http://www.thegoldenruleof666.blogspo...

A lovely paranormal/historical romance! Though there were a few minor issues. However, despite those few problems, this book was amazing.

Can we just take a moment to admire that gorgeous cover? Seriously, the cover for this book is phenomenal, one of the best romance covers I've ever seen. Kudos to whoever designed it, because it is fantastic.

Now, to the actual book.
I really liked the idea of a combination of historic
Christen (GoldiloxReads)
Jul 25, 2012 rated it really liked it

Demon's Curse is a good start to a new historical paranormal romance series by Alexa Egan. This is one I would recommend to readers in the mood for a mix of Regency-era London romance and animal shapeshifters. The Imnada are part Fae-blood who can shapeshift into various animal aspects and also possess a variety of other abilities. They have a long-term rivalry with Fae-bloods who possess even more abilities and who hate the shifter clans but think them long extinct.

Demon's Curse is at its heart
Nov 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Again, I have the dilemma of discussing a superior debut novel, this time by author Alexa Egan, and there's only so many adjectives to use before it sounds like I'm gushing like a total fangirl (not altogether a bad thing) instead of objectively reviewing? Straight off, I'd say Demon's Curse is riveting with a one-of-kind mythology that is unlike any shapeshifter book I've read, with a delicious romance that defies the odds and tugged at my heart strings.

Max Flannery is Imnada, a powerful race o
Dec 16, 2012 rated it really liked it

Bianca, an actress, has many admirers but few actual friends, so when her good friend, Adam, is murdered, she attends his funeral and this makes her a suspect as well as bringing the unwanted attention of his enemies. Mac, his brother in arms and closest friend, seeks her out since he knows she was the last one seen with him. He also catches her whispering to Adam's casket that she will keep his secrets which to Mac, is a worry since he and Adam are part of the shape-shifting
Jenni Ebba
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Imnada are an ancient race of shape-changers that have nearly been decimated by the Others (a type of fairy descendants). The Others have worked centuries to be rid of a species they find inferior and after thousands of years, they think they have succeeded... at least most of them do. A small group of Imnada during Waterloo were at a sight of a massacred Others family- the remaining Other cursed them all for his families death and almost a decade later they're still paying the price of thei ...more
Oct 03, 2015 rated it liked it
I’m indifferent to this book. The story was alright and I liked it enough to finish it but that’s all this was to me, a story. I didn’t get sucked into it, I wasn’t connected to any of the characters. There’s a reason my blog is called “Fiction – A Separate World” and it’s because, to me, that’s what books are, a different world for us to get lost in. This book just didn’t do it for me.

Honestly, the most I’ve felt while reading this book was when I watched the winter finale of Once Upon A Time l
Dec 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-gave-away
****Recieved from Goodreads giveaways*****

I was really enjoying this book (thinking a 4 star rating) until I got about half way through the book and it kinda started dragging. It was a good story and had interesting characters, but their inner struggles deciding what they really wanted could have been resolved a lot sooner than it was and it would have added to the story more, I think, as it would have allowed more time to introduce some of the characters that show up at the end. As it was the e
Barbara ★
The Imnada are required by Clan law to remove (by any means) anyone who discovers who they are and what they can do. Adam is forced to slaughter an entire family when the man of the house learns of their existence. Cursed by the man Adam killed and exiled by their own kind as worthless abominations Mac, Gray, David and Adam are forced to spend the hours of darkness in their animal forms. When Adam turns up dead, Bianca Parrino enters Cormac "Mac" Flannery's life. Unfortunately Mac thinks she's A ...more
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book should have been right up my alley. It’s got a mix of fantasy, historical setting, and a romance, usually a combination that appeals to me. Unfortunately, I found myself bored while reading this book.

I think one of the big problems for me was that there was an awful lot of tell not show. We’re told that Bianca and Adam were close friends. We’re told that Mac and Bianca are attracted to each other. We’re told that Bianca has an interest in botany (but only when it becomes relevant to t
Sandy Frediani
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm wishing that I'd found this when it was first released rather than at Dollar General, because this was very good and I'd be looking to continue the series. It's an interesting take on shapeshifters and the Fey which draws the reader into the story. Characters are fully developed and it's easy to become invested in them. Storyline flows beautifully and leaves one wanting to know what comes next. Will be keeping my eye out for more of the series and by this author. Very good.
Ingrid Spera
Jan 03, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a fun fantasy shapeshifter romance and I enjoyed it, but there were quite a few times when I was dealing with Gray or Sebastian/Sarah when it just felt like words on a page. Overall, it was sweet and cute, but maybe a bit dry?
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Who can resist a book about werewolves fighting for the British army against Napoleon. The premise was enough to prompt me to buy the book. This novel was fun and romantic. It was a little predictable, but I will definitely try the other books in the series.
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this a long while ago but I remember really liking it.
Since that time I’ve had my eyes opened and gained more of an appreciation for stories involving the darker side of life and embracing all the things that go bump in the night. I won’t go so far as to say that I’m a connoisseur, but I can speak from the heart. Demon’s Curse was a book that I liked, but it took some time to get there.

I will admit that the story got off to a rough start by introducing the hero at perhaps one of the lowest points of his life. Captain Mac Flannery and three of his f
Jan 01, 2013 rated it liked it
DEMON'S CURSE Three Friends Fight a Curse


Imnada Brotherhood #1
By Alexa Egan
Pocket/Simon & Schuster
on sale 12/26/2012 official release date January 2013
Mass Market Paperback (400 pages) and E-Book Formats

ARC sent by Publisher with expectation that any review would be fair. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions herein are my own unless I note otherwise.

A rising star on the Covent Garden stage, Bia

***I would like to thank Alexa Egan and her publicist Stephanie for providing a review copy in exchange for a honest review! :D***

I don’t know what it is about shifter books but they always manage to pull me in - and Demon’s Curse was no exception. Ms. Egan crafted a fascinating, historical world full of shifters, fey, ancient enemies and passion inducing romance. I enjoyed immersing myself in the intriguing, suspense-filled plot and getting to know the captivating characters. I cannot wait to g
Sep 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-by-ariel
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer
Rating: 3 out of 5 Controllers
Review Source: Publisher
Reviewer: Ariel

Demon’s Curse, the first novel from Alexa Egan and the first novel in the Imnada Brotherhood series was not a bad first novel, but it wasn’t great either.

Demon’s Curse tells the tale of Mac Flannery, a shapeshifter from a race called the Imnada and Bianca Parrino, a beautiful actress. Mac, along with three other Imnada, Adam, Gray, and David, participated in Waterloo, where Adam slaught
Review posted on Dark Faerie Tales.

Demon’s Curse by Alexa Egan is the first book in the Imnada Brotherhood series. Set in a historical setting, Egan tells the tale of a secret race of shape-shifters who demand secrecy in order to survive. With a life long rival with the Fae Blood, the Imnada Brotherhood must do what they can to protect their race from the Other and from human knowledge.

Captain Mac Flannery and his Imnada brothers have gathered in the funeral of their late brother, Adam. In a br
Feb 20, 2013 rated it liked it
I love a good Regency romance every once in a while and so I couldn't wait to give Alexa Egan's series a try. On the whole, I enjoyed it, though it did have some flaws.

To start with the good stuff, though, I have to say how much I loved the setting and world building. Alexa Egan has created a very cool world and the mythology is nicely explored without overloading the reader. In this world, there are the Imnada, a race of shapechangers decended from aliens, and there are the Others, who are fey
Stephanie  G
Actress Bianca Parrino had no idea going to her friend Adam's funeral would plunge her into a paranormal world. Captain Mac Flannery is Imnada, a secret race of shape shifters. Even though his kind turned their backs on him after he was cursed by a Fae, Mac thinks it's vital to his people's survival that they remain hidden. Fearing his comrade revealed himself to Bianca, Mac inserts himself into her life to see if she knows anything as he looks for Adam's murderer. Not one to sit idly by, Bianca ...more
Adria's Musings and Reviews
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on I Smell Sheep (Guest Reviewer)

Mac Flannery is in trouble. A lot of it. As a member of an elite military unit, he's used to having to fight for survival and is good at what he does. However, when night falls he is forced to shift into his animal form. He is an Imnada, a member of a shape shifting race who's survival depends on secrecy. Cast out of their clans after he and his friends are cursed by a Fae, Mac becomes a loner. When one of his cursed friends is murdered, Mac beg
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Critically acclaimed author of historical and paranormal romance, ALIX RICKLOFF’s family tree includes a knight who fought during the Wars of the Roses (his brass rubbing hangs in her dining room), and a soldier who sided with Charles I during the English Civil War (hence the family's hasty emigration to America).

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