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The Demon's Possession

(Shadow Quest #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  4,000 Ratings  ·  378 Reviews
A love that spans the edges of the universe...

Trapped on the battleship Extarga by a tyrant, Analia is alone. For all she knows she is the last of her kind. With no memory of life before captivity, her mysterious gift is the only indication of who her people are, but she has given up hope of ever returning to them...

Until one fateful evening, she escapes and stows away on
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published January 2017 by Amazon Digital Services (first published April 15th 2011)
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Kiersten Fay
May 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
This isn't a review because I wrote this book, but if you're looking for a really epic story, some steamy love scenes, and unique characters, then you should give it a try.

Try a sample from Amazon

Or go to my site to try the first three chapters.
4-4.5 stars. Thanks Angela, for putting this on my radar!

I really enjoyed this story! I'm not sure what I was expecting, but I was pleasantly surprised by how good this was. It kind of reminded me of SK's The League, KC's IAD and LI's Demonica series, yet it was unique enough in it's own right to feel like a fresh addition to the paranormal/sci-fi romance genre.

Fay didn't spend a lot of time on world building - we're kind of thrust into a world of numerous alien species with space-faring capab
I'm in the process of cleaning out my kindle and realized I never rated or reviewed this book, which I finished well over a month ago and loved every bit of. This is one of those meaty escapist romantic adventures, a true guilty pleasure. These types of books, at least the ones worthy of 5 stars, are rare and this one happens to be Fay's first novel. Talk about an excellent start to what I hope ends up as a long series.

Not to say that there were not any flaws with this book. It does need a litt
3.5 stars

I really wanted to love this book. Many of my GR friends did! Do not get me wrong, I liked it. But was not sucked in like I wanted to be. I found myself frustrated by the Heroes denial of his feelings for her. Her naivety and going on a date with another man, just pissed me off. Since they were mates, I expected something different.

Heroine had a really horrible life before meeting the hero. Very, very bad. There are not a lot of details, but it is implied. Later, her date tries to rape
I was skeptical to read this one because the reviews varied drastically. It appears this is one of those that you either love or hate. Thankfully I really enjoyed it. Here's my breakdown:

The pros:
* I loved the world created and how there were so many diverse paranormal beings
* In lots of reads the insta-love is brutal - I never got that feeling here
- The hero and heroine seemed realistic and genuine
* The character depth was great - Even the secondary characters felt relatable - I adored them all
Jun 11, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Boring, flat, uninteresting are the nicest words I can think of, if I have to describe this book. Completely false is an other. What we are told and what is shown to us are at odds. The story drags, drags and keeps dragging. There's a strong need of a helping editor to underline character coherence, plot, cuts, clichés.

There's no world-building, the sci-fi settings is a prop. We could be on a XVIII century ship and there would be no difference. And If I think about it, the story can easily be o
Apparently, Demon guys are super duper horn dogs. Just looking at a pretty girl turns 'em on. Sebastian just can't seem to stop telling us about his thingy and he calls it his 'shaft'. So I kept hearing this guy's theme song.
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Not a winner for me. Analia is a self sacrificing Mary Sue, and everybody loves her. Demon + Captain of a spaceship should = true love in my book. Alas, I didn't like Sebastian much either. He was all never-gonna-fall-in love, which was great. He had to go ruin everything b
Rainy Kaye
May 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sexy
Disclaimer: The author provided this book to me in .epub format for review, but I did not receive any compensation. The review is honest and strictly my opinion.

Title & Cover: The title seems a good fit after reading the book, but it did nothing to actually pique my interest in the story. The cover, however, is rather nice. I'd probably leave the printed book lying around for visual appeal instead of returning it to the book shelf.

Plot & Elements: I really appreciate unique stories, and
3rd Reread 4-12-15

Loved it just as much as first two reads!! lol. Not everything is perfect, but the relationship between Anya and Sebastian worked for me. I loved both of them as much as I did the first two times I read it. :-)

(originally read in September 2014 and reread October 2014)

Original review from Amazon:

Oh wow! I literally LOVED this book. I have read over 50 romance novels in recent months and this is my favorite. In fact, it is now solidly placed in a list of my top 5 favorite roman
The first book in the Shadow Quest series by Kiersten Fay. Analia (Anya) stows away on a cargo spaceship after escaping from the man who has kept her captive for hundreds of years. Captain of the ship is a demon named Sebastian.

The ages of these people shocked me as they all are hundreds of years old and yet have the appearance of being young and in their prime. Hard to shallow that part but the story was entertaining and I did enjoy it.
A very enjoyable sci fi romance. It wasn't perfect but it was a fun read.

First I liked that the story started in the middle of the action. There was no long winded set up. That way you were immediately drawn into the story hoping that Anya would be able to escape her ship and stow away on the other.

The sci fi elements were okay. Not the most fully developed I've ever read but decent. For example no thought was given to the possibility that the mechanics of sex might be problematic for two peop
Was fooled by a beautiful cover. Again. :(

Problems I had with this book :
1. Grammar. This has definitely been mentioned before in other reviews, but I just breezed right past it, figuring I could deal with some grammar errors because I read a lot of fanfiction, and fanfiction can really have some terrible grammar. However, it got to the point where the book became confusing because of the grammar, and that's usually the point where you need to fix it before it gets published.

2. Heroine. Or more
May 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s been a long time since I read a really great paranormal romance that incorporates a little sci-fi. Demon Possession is an incredibly strong debut novel for Kiersten Fay. The book starts off with a rush of adrenaline as the heroine escapes her “Hell Ship.” Analia's escape had me glued to my e-reader, and rooting for her right from the start. As she escapes, the author alludes to a past of sorrow and pain, while revealing a mysterious gift that we learn more about later in the book.

Analia is
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars

Ehhhh. I started off liking this, the characters were believable and I really liked the mentality of the female lead. But then... things moved too fast in the book. I know months were supposed to have gone by, but it didn't read that way. Besides that, I feel that the main female advanced too quickly. Even after months of work I feel that her mentality would still be fractured, she wouldn't have progressed into such a strong lead (again, it was supposed to be months, but it seemed to re
Apr 28, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
No, just no. I really, really tried to enjoy this book. I found the writing overly pedantic and exceptionally dull. This book was riddled with every cliché and troupe found in bad fantasy/romance writing. Of course the female protagonist is an exceptionally beautiful, spunky, firecracker who has a positive outlook despite years of enslavement; of course she readily adapts to new situations and proves she is not only beautiful but highly intelligent; of course every male automatically feels prote ...more
Lucila ✨ not your feisty Latina ✨
“Space was a hostile environment that required a sharp and cunning mind over prestige any day. That, and a shit load of weapons.”

I think that quote shows exactly what's missing from this book - the hostile space. The Demon's Possession is mostly set inside a merchant's ship and there's no hostility to it besides a drama, there's almost no world-building and the sci-fi is barely there.

The plot is interesting and has a lot of potential, but the romance pulls the book back - the MC's chemistry
★ Belle The Bibliophile ★
One question: Why didn't I read this sooner?!

This book started with our heroine, Analia who successfully escaped from her cruel man, Darius, who captured and kept her for years for his selfish gains. She escaped and hid in a ship called the Marada whose owner and Captain happened to be the Hero, Sebastian, who was there for his business with Darius. She managed to hid in the ship for DAYS before she was found by the crews of Marada and the man of the ship himself.

I think what I liked most ab
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
I received a free copy of Demon Possession from the author Kiersten Fay. Ms. Fay has created a fascinating world of space travelers. This is the story of Sebastian the Captian of the merchant space ship Marada and a runaway slave Analia.

Analia has been enslaved on the ship Extarga know as the Hell Ship for many centuries since she was a small girl. She doesn't remember much of her past life but at times she gets glimpse of what she thinks are dreams. Analia has very powerful and unsual gifts or
WOW. Just wow! Sebastian and Anya just rock! Spacecity romance. I've always loved tales of demons, but this one has got to take the cake. Even if you don't like a bit of erotic romance with your books this one is just very well put together. The family histories, the background to each character. You can almost see each demon's horns change colors! Well done story Kiersten Fay
Jan 07, 2014 marked it as never-to-read  ·  review of another edition
DNF. I started this novel last year, wasn't in the mood to read it. Tried again this year, but I couldn't get into it.

I couldn't connect to the story and characters. I didn't really like the hero. I didn't think he was anything special.

Anyway. Writing it off as a DNF.
Feb 01, 2018 rated it liked it
The world seems interesting as do the demons the h not so much. The h’s personality is entirely too innocent & helpless for my taste. She screams dócil & victim to me. 2.5 stars
Amir at NotSoLiterary
Dec 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
This book was a pleasant surprise for me. It was recommended by an amazon thread I'm currently following and I'm really glad I gave it a shot even though I'm not really into books with the buff headless man cover. Yes, I'm guilty of judging a book by its cover sometimes. I mean, its a man and he's buff but why do they cut off his head? Is it so I can just imagine someone in that body? Hmmm.

I'm new to the sci-fi romance genre but I like that the plot has nothing to do with Earth whatsoever, both
Update - Ok I have just finished the book last night and here are my thoughts:

Best bits:
Exciting and intriguing storyline - with a bit better writing this could easily have been a 4 star
Fast-paced - i didnt get bored at any point and kept wanting to find out more
Hot sex scenes

Worst bits:
The incredibly annoying tendency to jump backwards and forwards in tense within the same sentence even. To me it read a little like the author had written notes initially about the plot and drafted the story but
Dec 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Special thanks to my friend Kimmie over at GoodReads for having this book on her TBR List. Since I started snagging books from her, I have found some really great ones!

Demon Possession is book 1 in Kiersten Fay’s Shadow Quest Series and I must say.. Finally!!! A new premise!! Set mostly aboard the space ship Maradas in deep space. It’s a story of greed, revenge, salvation and redemption, oh yeah and finding love especially when you aren’t looking for it, don’t want it and would really rather liv
Danielle Annett
First let me start of by saying how much this book exceeding my expectations! From the blurb I knew it sounded interesting and right up my alley but I was shocked to find myself up at 4 and 5am reading because I honestly just could not put it down. I read at work, I read at home, I read on the bus to school, I was so consumed with this book I couldn't focus on anything else until I finished. From the very beginning my heart went out to Anya. I instantly wanted to help protect her as if she was a ...more
Vanessa Booke
Sep 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kiersten Fay's Demon Possession was a FANTASTIC read! Don't worry if you're not a big sci-fi reader like me because this book will draw you in from beginning to end. The characters are well developed and the story line is wonderful! The chemistry between Analia and Sebastian is undeniably sexy. I couldn't put this book down and when I had to go to work all I could think about is how I couldn't wait to come home and finish it. Fay's detailed description of the events and characters within the sto ...more
Sep 26, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi-romance
Review: Demon Possession Disappointing lightweight scifi romance that stretched on waaaay too long. I think I was duped by the pretty cover and the high ratings. The plot and the characters were a big hot mess of cliches. I skimmed most of it because I was bored. Occasionally I'm in the mood for some pulp erotica but not today and not this book.
May 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-favorites
Demon Possesed definitely has me demon possessed, I really loved this book I couldn't put it down read it every minute I had available to. The story line is well plotted no boring overly descriptive non sense, it was all story and it kept moving. The characters were well developed and even though some more than others I feel like they are being left for the sequel. I can't wait for Demon Slave.
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Kiersten Fay is the author of the steamy romance series, Shadow Quest, in which she combines paranormal and sci-fi with loose concepts from lore and mythology. In 2013, her short story, Racing Hearts, was published in The Mammoth Book of Futuristic Romance. In 2012, via, she won Favorite Story of August 2012 for Demon Retribution, the third book in her Shadow Quest series, and recei ...more

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“At his booming voice, her eyes flew open. If he wasn't already on the ground, he would have fallen to his knees. Sebastian was instantly lost. The ship fell away and there was only her. The blue of her eyes was indescribable, so light they unabashedly pulled him in. No color imaginable compared. Her eyes turned pleading. For what? He didn't know. But at that moment he would have given it to her.” 3 likes
“You should stay and keep me company, so I don't get lonely.”

“You don't seem like the type of guy who gets lonely.”

“Is that a compliment or an insult?”

Analia only shrugged.”
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