Eirik Baldurson—son of Baldur, God of Light—failed living as a Mortal. He lost the girl of his dreams and nearly got his friends killed. Now, he's gone to the underworld to meet the mother he’s never known. Torn between his duty to her and the man he used to be, Eirik struggles to find himself, until a witch appears in his world. Feisty and stubborn, she is a reminder of everything good he left behind.
Celestia Devereaux proudly attends a charter high school for “gifted” teenagers who embrace magic. Witches. However, she keeps a terrible secret—a prediction that she would one day be responsible for massive destruction and death. Though Celestia uses her clairvoyant abilities to help people, she worries that it is just a matter of time before she goes over to the dark side.
Her world changes when she unexpectedly astral projects to a place she didn’t believe existed and meets a tortured man who needs her help. Will helping him cause her fears to come true, or will he sacrifice everything to save her?
Her award-winning, International Bestselling YA Paranormal Romance—Runes Series—started with Runes and has a total of 6 books to date. The last one, Witches, released in March 2015, was a Readers Choice Awards winner. Her most recent addition is Demons, A Runes Companion Novel (Eirik Book 1). Demons is the story of Raines best friend and former crush Eirik Seville. Her international bestselling YA Urban Fantasy series, The Guardian Legacy Series, focuses on the Nephilim, children of the fallen angels. The series started with Awakened and has a total of 4 books to date. The latest Forgotten was released in June 2015. She also writes Contemporary Romance as E.B. Walters-from The Fitzgerald Family series and Infinitus Billionaires series.
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The story was interesting but a little slow. I found myself bored and ready to put it down numerous times. I would always come back and pick it up again, however, because I really do love the characters of Eriek and Celestia.
BIG downer is the total cliff-hanger ending. HATED it! Feels like total manipulation to make me purchase the next. We've waited through the entire book for the two main characters to come together and find happiness and I've already read the rest of the series! Obviously I would have continued without throwing me over the abyss. Now I honestly don't know whether I will bother. Don't want to invest more time if that's what will happen with the next book.
Beginning: Eirik has never met his mother, Goddess Hel, which prompts him to visit her realm also called Hel for the first time. While there he tries to resolve his personal demons. A 17 year old girl Celestria who is a witch astrally projects to him in order to help him. The excitement begins almost immediately in this book. I refuse to give much away so you will have to read and experience it yourself!
Characters: The main character is Eirik who I found to be a very likable character. In this book, I fell in love with his character even more. Not only did his hotness level raise a huge amount, his character grew into an amazing guy. I loved his overall transformation in this book and I cannot wait to read more about him. Another character is Celestia. Celestia is awesome too. She is the female leading character and she is witty, funny and strong. I love strong and witty females, so I instantly feel in love with her character. I love how she goes out of her way to help people and how much she truly cares for others. She knowingly travels to Hel to save a guy she doesn’t even know. Thankfully, she did since he is our main character, Eirik.
Plot: Once again, I am refusing to give much away. Just know that there is a lot of action as danger lurks everywhere. The plot is different and well-planned. It also goes hand and hand with the character development. The plot definitely shapes these characters. Walters wrote the dual POV perfectly. There are a ton of characters, yet Walters managed to make it feel not overly crowded. Every character has his/her own role to play. Demons has the kind of plot that keeps you guessing and begging for more.
Ending: The ending is absolutely heartbreaking. As soon as I finished the book, I was dying from the cliffhanger ending! I cannot wait to start reading the next book so that I can see Celestia and Erik grow as individuals as well as together.
Overall, I enjoyed this book and am excited to see where the rest of this series goes. If you haven't read the Runes series, I am pretty sure book one is free on the Kindle app(It may be on other platforms as well). If you have read the Runes series and think you know Eirik, think again!
I was glued to Demons from start to finish. I loved finally being able to get a glimpse into Eirik Baldurson's life. For six books (even though technically this book comes after Grimnirs) I have been dying to know what happened to Eirik after he left Raine and the gang. Demons completely satisfied my curiosity but also left me greedy and wanting more. Just when I think Ednah's writing can't surprise me she goes and proves me wrong. Her attention to detail and ability to transport her reading to every setting she puts before you is beyond amazing.
Eirik's life hasn't turned out quite the way he has wanted it to. Now, he's decided to meet his mother in the underworld. Eirik has never really had parents to set boundaries for him so his mother's high handed tactics don't sit well with him. He struggles with having his mother trying to control him and with himself. He want's to be the person he was born to become while pleasing his mother at the same time.
Celestia Devereaux embraces the fact that she is a witch. Although she has been told that she is not only evil but a harbinger of death Celestia knows she can't be any of those things because all she ever wants to do is help people. When Celestia unexpectedly crosses paths with Eirik, she makes it her mission to help him.
I'm afraid to say much more because I don't want to reveal too much and ruin the book for anybody. The back and forth between Eirik and Celestia gave their chemistry that much more meaning. You could feel how much they where drawn to each other but also how hard it was for them to admit how they felt to each other. Some books start out slow and ease you into the story but not with Ednah's books. Her books need to come with a seat belt because you are usually hanging at the edge of your seat or twisted in knots hanging on for dear life like you're on a roller coaster. On a scale of 1 to 5 I have to give Demons a 10. Anything less just seemed wrong to me. This book had everything I've come to love about Ednah's books and so much more. If you are looking for a book with wonderful characters, a story with amazing attention to detail, conflict, or a book that is just too good to put down then Demons is the book for you. If you are a fan of the Runes Series or the Grimnirs books then you must run out and pick up your copy of Demons. If you are new to these books then you need to pick up Runes, Immortals, Grimnirs, Demons, Seeress, Souls, and Witches. Let Eirik show you what it is like in the underworld while Celestia shows you, you are more than what people say you are.
Runes series continues with Eirik's books.
Reading Order: Runes Immortals Grimnirs Demons (Eirik's story starts after Grimnirs) Seeress Souls Witches
I received an ARC of this book for an honest review – I liked it so much I bought the book as well.
I love this book! Another awesome story by Ednah Walters. Demons is the next book in the Runes Series. (Runes, Immortals, Grimnirs, Seeress, Souls & Witches) They were all great reads!
The main character is Eirik who was in all of the other books and he was a likable character in them. In this book, he became completely incredible. Not only did his hotness level raise a huge amount, his character grew into a fabulous guy. I loved his transformation in this book and I cannot wait to read more about him.
Celestia is just awesome too. She is the female leading character and she is witty, funny and strong. I love how she goes out of her way to help people and she truly cares for others. She knowingly travels to Hel to save a guy she doesn’t even know. Thankfully, she did since he is our hottie, Eirik.
The book was exciting, funny, sad and suspenseful at times and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I didn’t want the book to end. I cannot wait for the next one in the series. This book also revealed more information on a bunch of things that had happened in her other books. I recommend this book to everyone!
I just love the Runes series and when I saw that Walters had decided to do a story about Eirik, well there was a lot of girly squealing involved.
Eirik, a young God who was raised in the human world. No knowing his real parents he was on the hunt for some much needed answers, so he made the decision to find his mother, the Goddess Hel. Meeting his mother for the first time didn't go to smoothly when he finds himself locked in the dungeon for some sort of training. That's when he meets..... Celestia, a young witch whose comfortable with who she is. Celestia has a special power, she can astral project. Using this power she is able to help people in need. Until one day it takes her to the deepest depths of Hel, a place she never even knew existed.
I simply adored the characters, old and new. From start to finish I was hooked.
Eirik's story is full of adventure, danger, magic, love and fire! Unexpected twists around every corner, never a dull moment. I highly recommend this book and the whole Runes series, I just can't praise them enough. It's definitely a series that needs to be experienced.
**I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review**
I'm not a fan of Celestia. I also didn't know Eirik felt so much about Cora. it was never touched upon in the other books. I've always liked him. Hel is ..... interesting. 3/22/16 I finished the book and I'm really not getting why everybody gave this book four and five stars. I think it's written decently, but I could not get past my dislike for Celestia. I really wish Hel was incorporated more into the book, I think it would have given this book the kick it so desperately needed. The norns added chaos and distrust to everything they brought. Their actions made me root more and more for Raine and Torin. Hel could have filled that role and more. Eirik is a favorite character of mine now. But, I don't think I'll be moving on to book 2. I'm kind of okay with it too.
I received an advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest review.
Wow! That's really all I can say.... This book is so so so so so so good!!!! I have always been a fan of Eirik but I have always wanted to know more about him. Boy did we learn a lot about him. Loved going into Hel and how she runs her world. Also loved reading about Rhys and some of Echo. It's plain to see how much he hates Echo. Celestia omg!!! I love her so much! She has the best attitude ever! I love how she try's to help everyone she can no matter how much danger she is in. I can't wait for the next book in the series to see what will happen with Celestia and Eirik.
I fell in deep when I first read this series, I couldn't put it down until I finished every book I could get my hands on. When I was given the chance to read Demons I could not say no! I personally adore Torin but I felt as though there was more to Eirik, that he had a story that needed to be shared. So when I discovered Ednah was going to write a story all about him I couldn't contain my excitement. After reading it now I could not be more drawn into this world, it was exactly what I was hoping for. In Demons we get to meet Eirik on a different level, be inside his head and experience his feelings. I can honestly say, waiting for the next book may very well be the death of me.
I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Well here I am writing my review for Demons which saddens me as this means I have come to the end.
Eirik, WOW, he now kinda rocks my world, he is totally badass. When I first met Eirik (from the book of course) he was a nice guy, he was a good friend with Raine (childhood mates) and he liked taking his camera everywhere taking photos. Well the nice guy done gone and grown some, mmm hhh.
This book finds Eirik being put in a position where he comes face to face with his parents, Baldur and Hel. He had no idea what to expect, neither did I let me tell you. The way Ednah describes Hel (the Goddess not the place) shows her to be a very powerful character who is stunningly captivating and scary as HEL. Baldur appears to be the total opposite, he is more approachable and willing to listen but he is madly in love with Hel he would doing anything for her. I'm not saying that he is a weak man.
We also get to meet the lovely Celestia, a young and powerful witch who has impressive gifts kinda makes me so want to be her. She has a habit of talking a lot. Celestia and Eirik interact a lot in the book so we get a good look at who they are, how the think and feel.
I love the whole description of Hel and the people that live there, I'm thinking of going there for my next holiday (I wish)!! Seriously you will fall in love with the place, the only downside is it is a bit cold.
I must admit that when I heard that this book was coming out I was hoping to have Raine in it too but, and I'm sorry about this, I did not miss her or any of the other character from within the Runes series. This book just adds more flavour to the series and we get to meet new character who you will either love or hate and it has in it my most favourite of mythical creatures. Now that was a surprise I must say, a nice one for me.
This book gives us an explanation of the happenings after Eirik agreed to go to Hel's Hall with the delectable Echo, sorry its a cameo role for him, but we do get to see Rhys again. It would be advisable to read the other books in the series if you have not already to get yourself to where Demons will start at. They are all the most amazing reads, each one better than the next. You will be left gagging for the next book as I am right now. Next year, its just to far away to have to wait.
The book is written in the dual point of view, Celestia and Eirik but Ednah has made sure that it works well as she always does. Happy reading everyone.
I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Demons by Ednah Walters is the first book in a trilogy about the character Eirik from the Runes series. Book 1 - Demons, Book 2 - Heroes (March 2016) and Book 3 - Gods (June 2016). I would recommend reading at least the first 4 books in the Runes series: Runes, Immortals, Grimners and Seeress before starting Demons since there are references to some events in Seeress.
Eirik has never met his mother, Goddess Hel, so he visits her realm also called Hel for the first time. While there he tries to resolve his personal demons. A 17 yr old girl Celestria who is a witch astrally projects to him in order to help him. The fun begins almost immediately in this book. I won't give anything away so I am holding off on specifics. You really get to know Eirik who I personally didn't like while reading some of the Runes series. In this he becomes more relatable. Celestia is one of the best characters i have had the pleasure to read in any novel. I adore her and love her snarkiness and heart.
I give this book 5/5 Stars
Contains Fantasy Violence, Some Language, Suggestive thoughts
I was given this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Holy moly! I have been waiting for so long for this book. Even from the middle of the series so far I wanted Eirik to have his own book. I wanted desperately to know what he was going through while he was away and I felt so awful that he seemed to be alone in all of it since Raine has Torin and Cora has Echo. Finally! Finally we get into Eirik’s head and I wasn’t left disappointed. No, I was only left wanting the next book. Lol I love the new characters, Trudy is one of my favorites. Celestia, is exactly what Eirik needs. I was prepared to dislike her … because this is Eirik we’re talking about and she would have live up to my expectations for him. Right? Okay, so I totally did not dislike her. I loved her. She is strong and confident in who she is, doesn’t take crap from anyone which is a trait needed to be with someone like Eirik. This storyline never gets boring, it only gets better and better. We are taken into the depths of Hel and back again. Ednah never disappoints.
Author Ednah Walters has created a masterpiece with Demons. It is an epic adventure, complete with every element needed to produce a brand new fairy tale. There is drama, romance, and creatures big and small.
I love the way Walters turns some preconceived notions, from Norse mythology, upside down. She has re-imagined Hel, both the place and the deity. Walters has carefully constructed a whole new world.
The story is creative, extremely well told, and such an exciting read.
I received a copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
This was a great read. I thought the story was interesting. I really enjoyed the Mythology and I found this book similar to Perfekt Order. As they are both about the Norse Gods. I found the characters in this one to be interesting and funny.
I really like Celestia. I found her to be a refreshing character and she had a lot of spunk. Erik was a bit of a jerk in the beginning, but I slowly started to love him as well. I was really engaged in this story. I can't wait to continue the series. Overall, an enjoyable read.
I recommend reading this before Seeress in the Rune series.
Eirik is one of the more complicated characters from The Runes Series. It is fantastic that he got his own series and we get to learn what went on when he went to Helheim. Learning more about his biological family is so interesting. The amount of imagination it took to alter Hel's basic background and make her a fully fleshed and sympathetic character is astounding. This transformation is one of the reasons I love this series.
Eirik is the son of the Goddess of Hel. He is escorted to his mother’s realm by Echo. At the moment he hates Echo for taking Cora. She is the only reason he doesn’t hurt him. When he reaches his mother’s home the first person he meets is his father. The homecoming he receives is surprising. His father warns him that he isn’t safe here. His mother finally joins them demanding Eirik show his true self. He is confused and angers his mother. She places him in the dungeon until he can do so. That is where Celestia comes across him. She is a witch that can astral project. She finds herself in Eirik’s prison cell. He thinks she is there sent by his mother. She wants to help him but believes he is the victim of a prank gone wrong. She has no clue where she really is or who he is. She goes home deciding to help him when she learns more of the situation. She plans on what to take with her. Hayden and her mother think she went to Hel and try to explain about the gods of Asgard. Celestia doesn’t believe what they are telling her. Hayden helps her return to Eirik. Celestia takes care of him. Eirik like having her there and wants to protect her. Celestia learns the truth of where she is. She meets and befriends a few unbelievable people. She also finds she can’t project home. She is stuck in Hel. Eirik is also finding out shocking revelations about himself and his family. He also fights against his mother and her demands. He is determined to keep Celestia safe from everyone even his mother. I have read all the books in this series that tell Raine’s story and Cora’s story. I am finally getting to Eirik’s story. He was mysteriously missing in the other books and I always wondered what was happening to him. His introduction to his family was definitely lacking. The author really blows the mind of the reader. How could his mother treat him like that? A question I asked myself a few times throughout the story. I also loved Celestia. She was a great character. She was full of sass but had a big heart. She was definitely a match for the cockiness Eirik possessed. They were a good combination of characters. The dragon was surprising and was the reason Celestia was unable to go home. You don’t learn the reasons until almost the end of the story. It isn’t what I expected but a good twist. I can’t wait to read the next book. I give this a 4.5 out of 5.
I read Demons after #6 of the Ruins series and welcomed the breath of fresh air Eirik and Celestia are a breath of fresh air in a story that felt like it was getting stagnant. I was exhausted of Raine and her whining and dependence on Torrin and loved that Celestia didn't want to be "that" girl. She was feisty and willing to stand her ground.
What I loved about Eirik's story in this book was we got glimpses of what had happened in the prior books without a whole backstory or rehashing of events that already transpired. We got a bit more of his childhood and finally an explanation of the bumps on his back. (Did not see that coming!!)
I was kind of disappointed how this one ended because obviously there is more to the story to tell. I feel like the other Runes novels provided closure to the current "problem" of the book, whereas this one did not.
Overall I couldn't put this one down and liked the new characters. It felt fresh while staying a world I love.
I love Ednah Walters portrayal of Hel, Hella, the halls the souls and everything in this book.
To save his friends on earth Eirik goes willingly to meet his parents. He may be in Hel, but he didn't quite expect to be thrown into a dungeon and starved till he can release his 'true form'. Celestia is a teenage witch- and proud of it. She uses her gift of astral projection save lives- she sees something bad happening and uses her astral form to save them, or reports details back to her father (chief of police) so he can save them. So when she finds herself in a young mans dungeon she figures that she has to help him before she will be free to return home. But there is more to the man that meets the eye, and she is unable to leave, no matter how hard she tries.
This is a side series to the Runes books, and it is great to see Eiriks story. I do however find myself impatient to reach the point where we last saw Eirik in 'Seeress'... but maybe I should have read this book before that one!
Und sie hat es wieder geschafft! Wieder einmal hat mich Ednah Walters mit ihrem neuen Buch in den Bann gezogen und an meinen eReader gefesselt!
In diesem Buch, das auch für sich allein gelesen werden kann, geht es um Eirik, den Sohn Baldurs, der zwar unter Sterblichen aufgewachsen ist, nun aber in die Unterwelt gegangen ist, um seine Mutter kennenzulernen. Wer die anderen Bücher der Runes-Reihe kennt, ist Eirik schon des Öfteren begegnet, immerhin ist er als Nachbar Raines aufgewachsen und wurde von ihren Eltern wie ihr eigener Sohn behandelt und natürlich war da auch noch Cora, in die er verliebt ist, Raines beste Freundin. Tja, und mittlerweile ist sie leider nicht nur Raines beste Freundin, sondern auch Echos Freundin, was Eirik noch ein wenig schwer im Magen liegt.
Als Eirik in der Unterwelt ankommt, muss er feststellen, dass das Willkommen seiner Mutter irgendwie etwas anders ausfällt, wie er sich das vorgestellt hatte und sein Aufenthalt sich spontan auf unbestimmte Zeit verlängert. Während er mit sich und seinem Erbe ringt, stößt er auf Celestia Deveraux, eine sehr peppige und charmante junge Hexe, die mit viel Eifer versucht, Eirik zu unterstützen. Allerdings trägt Celestia ein recht düsteres Geheimnis mit sich herum und bald weiß sie nicht mehr, ob das, was sie tut, dazu führen wird, dass unendlich viel Leid passiert und viele Menschen sterben oder ob es endlich die Gefahr bannen kann, die von ihr ausgeht. Das Ganze wird nicht gerade dadurch erleichtert, dass Eirik so verflixt attraktiv ist!
Wieder einmal eine unwahrscheinlich spannende und fantasievolle Erzählung, die flüssig und fesselnd geschrieben ist und mit interessanten und gut ausgearbeiteten Charakteren und einer in sich runden und überzeugenden Story aufwartet. Allerdings - das Buch wartet mit einem Cliffhanger auf. Kein ganz böser, aber doch ein kleiner, so dass ich sehr froh bin, dass "Gods", der nächste Band dieser Reihe schon in drei Monaten rauskommen wird!
Wer die anderen Bände der Runes-Reihe gerne gelesen hat, wird auch diesen Band um Eirik und Celestia lieben, wer die anderen noch nicht kennt, wird ihn problemlos lesen und verstehen können, aber ich bin ziemlich sicher, dass er danach sehr schnell auch die anderen Bände lesen wollen wird! Die Bücher überzeugen einfach mit ihrer Mischung aus guter Sprache und toller Story, wobei das ganze noch mit gut ausgearbeiteten, kernigen und authentischen Charakteren gewürzt wird - in meinen Augen einfach eine gelungene Mischung und das perfekte Rezept für ein gutes Buch!
*Dieses Buch wurde mir von der Autorin im Austausch gegen eine ehrliche Rezension zur Verfügung gestellt.*
And she did it again! Once more Ednah Walters wrote a book that captivated me from the first page on and kept me glued to my e-reader!
This book, which can be read as a stand-alone (albeit a stand-alone with a cliffhanger) despite it being part of the Runes-Series, follows Eirik, son of Baldur, on his first trip to the Underworld where he wants to meet his mother. Eirik has been raised amongst mortals and never knew about his immortal heritage.
Those of you who have already read the other books of the series, have met Eirik already of course as he and Raine were neighbours and he has always been treated by her parents as if he was a part of the family. And, well, then there is Cora, of course. Cora, Raine's best friend and the girl with whom Eirik is in love. Well, now she is not just Raine's best friend but also Echo's girlfriend, a fact that doesn't sit well with Eirik. Not well at all, actually.
Arriving in the underworld, Eirik finds out that his mother has a somewhat different idea of a welcome party and just like that, his stay gets prolonged rather sponaneously for an indefinite time.
While Eirik struggles with his heritage (and his mother's expectations), he comes across Celestia Deveraux, a peppy and charming young witch who is trying zealously but not always successfully to support Eirik in his struggles. Celestia, however, carries a rather dark secret and soon she is not sure anymore whether her actions will cause death and desaster or if she finally may be able to escape her destiny. The fact that Eirik is so darned attractive doesn't make things easier! Just saying!
Once again Ednah Walters presents us with an exciting and imaginative narration that is exceedingly well written and comes up with amazing and interesting characters and a convincing story. Unfortunately the story ends on a cliffhanger. Not a really bad one but a cliffhanger nontheless that makes me very very happy that the next book in the series, “Gods” will be out in three months!
Those of you who have loved the Runes-Series, will also love this book about Eirik and Celestia, those of you who haven't read the other books yet will have no problem to understand and enjoy this book but I'm very sure that he'll want to read the other books as well afterwards!
These books convince by their combination of a gripping writing style and a brilliant story spiked with pinches of well developed, strong and authentic characters – in my eyes an irresistible combination and a perfect recipe for a good book!
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
I wasn’t really sure how Eirik was gonna get his story told but I was very happy. A lit of mystery in this one. We learn little more about goddess Hel and Baldur. Im a sucker for a strong female character and Ednah delivered with Hel and Celestia. I really enjoyed how Celestia and Eirik are both loyal to who they are. Stubborn to the core when it comes to doing what they believe is the right thing. Love the dragon.
I liked the new characters introduced in the spin off of the Rune Series, Trudy is great. I'm not sure how I feel about the insta-love with all the main characters, but I can overlook that because I am invested in all of them. It was nice to get to know Eirik better and see how much he has changed since the first book in the Runes series. The dynamic between Eirik's parents and between him and each of his parents was great.
***I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are 100% my own.***
We met Eirik in Runes. He was Raines best friend since forever. He fell in love with Cora and as we know from those books, he’s Hel and Baldur’s son, and he had to go to Hel’s Hall in order to get to know his mother. That’s where this story starts. But before I continue……
STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING!!!!
Erase EVERYTHING you think you know about Eirik, because it’s DEAD wrong. I loved his character in Raine’s stories. I always felt that there was so much more to the chex-mix haired son of a god. And I couldn’t have been MORE right. But it’s even more than I imagined. I will have to say that out of this universe, so far he’s edged out Echo, and I NEVER thought that was even remotely possible, but I do believe it very well has happened.
I could write a HUGE novel of a review just on his character, but what good is a romance novel without the love interest. In steps Celestia Devereaux. She’s sassy. She’s snarky. And she’s loud and proud about her witchy-ness. (I can’t wait for her and Raine to meet! Oh holy smokes!) And she has the biggest heart of anyone. All she wants to do is prove her Mom wrong. And she mistakenly showed up in Hel’s Hall, right in Eirik’s room. And the sparks between these two! They have this chemistry. It’s hard to explain. They weren’t insta-anything. They didn’t dislike one another. But they weren’t exactly friendly either. But they did grow on one another and it got to where they’d do anything to protect the other. And there’s a twist I COMPLETELY didn’t see and it BOWLED me over when I read it and it just made everything that much more awesome! And the end of this book…GAH! I am so sad that I read this as an ARC because that means I have to wait even longer before I can read the next book. Oh My GOSH!
Ms. Walters knocks it out of the ballpark. I can see why she’s on the panel for building the perfect boyfriend at UtopYA next year. In this series alone, you have so many lovable characters. There’s Torin and Echo and Andris and Blaine and Rhys and Dev and Raine and Cora and Ingrid and Svana and Fema and not to forget Onyx. And she’s said that this book actually starts in the middle of that whole series, so I’ll have to go back and RE-read that whole series and put this book right smack dab in there. Oh holy cow! JUST sayin’!!! So, as you can imagine, YESSSSSSSS!!!!!! READ THIS BOOK!!!! If you’re a fan of YA Romance with some Norse mythology and witches and …. yeah, you’ll have to read it to figure this newer element out. Anyways, GET IT! DEVOUR IT! and FANGIRL over it! You won’t regret it…well, unless you like your stories completed before you start reading them. Then wait until the last book is written THEN do what I typed above!
4 stars. Walters indicates that the best time to read Eirik’s books is after either Grimnirs (Runes #3) or Witches (Runes #6). Demons is a little slower than most of the Runes books, mainly because there is a lot of exposition.
Plot: After spending time in Asgard and getting to know his grandfather Odin, Eirik travels to the underworld to meet his father and mother. Celestia, a witch who has visions, sees that Eirik is in trouble and goes to rescue him.
Characters: In the Runes series, Eirik was the hardest character for me to get a read on because he was so secretive and emotionally, he was a little unstable. In Demons, we get to see a different side of him. He’s brave and strong-willed to a fault, serious and caring, and flirty and funny … just about everything you would want in a male lead. It was nice to see him really come into his own. Celestia is also very likable. She was kind and caring, but not to the point where everyone ran over her. She was also very strong-willed, which made her and Eirik the perfect foils.
Hel is Eirik’s mother. At first, she comes across as the evil monster we’ve all read about, but as the book progresses, we see a softer side of her. The book doesn’t tell us a whole lot about his father Baldur … just that he kept a huge secret from Eirik’s mother and that he loves her very much. The Norns continue to be controlling and borderline evil, but they are not the main villains. We don’t really find out who that is until the end of the book.
Writing: There are a couple of typos, but Walter’s writing is very easy to read in terms of both grammar and storyline. She is great at world building, and she did a remarkable job of explaining the mythology in a gradual manner, so as not to give too much away at any given time. There is a little cursing and violence (nothing graphic) and hints of a romance, so if the book were a movie, I’d probably rate it PG.
Bottom Line: Demons wasn’t a bad book, and it was in no way boring, but I still felt like I was waiting for something to happen almost the entire time I read. The action picked up a WHOLE lot right at the end, and even though there’s not really a cliffhanger so to speak, you’ll definitely want to keep reading.
*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review*
Ok let me just tell you a little something about Ednah Walters. She is a riveting author who writes on engrossing, adventurous and sexy characters. She keeps you wanting more. I can definitely go on and on with praises for Ednah Walters.
One of those characters that she writes on is Eirik. Eirik has been in the Runes series since the beginning when he grew up with Raine and her family since they were very young. Eirik was a character who was a brother type guy that lived next door. When he moved away and thought he could have feelings for Raine and knew that wouldn't work he went on to the their other best friend who he truly did love or so he thought. Eirik was not the character you thought he was from Runes. In Demons a point of view on Eirik himself it tells us more in detail what went on in Hel with his mother who is the Goddess of Hel. Eirik thought that Cora was the one until he went to Hel and and met gazes with a witch who suddenly just appeared named Celestia. She is one fiery witch who will make Eirik trip over his own words and unravel everything he believes about love.
Demons characters can be frustrating, endearing, and strong throughout this book. It is like you are getting to know especially Eirik all over again. Demons gave you a whole new look on Eirik. He has become endearing and very strong willed. He stands up multiple times to his mother Goddess of Hel. It also appears to have scored cool points from Celestia when he stood up to his mother to protect her from the Goddess. I will recommend this book to everyone who loves to read and would love to read an amazing series but I would advise to start with Runes the first book of the series and work your way to Demons. You will fall in love with Raine, Cora, Eirik, Echo, Torin St. James and all the other characters that are apart of this wonderful and fantastic world of gods, reapers and valkyries.
I just want to thank Ednah Walters for bringing this world to life through words in a book. You have an amazing way to really become one with the world in which the Runes series belongs to.