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Lizzie Grace #4

Demon's Dance

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After dealing with human hunters killing werewolves for their pelts and a heretic witch determined to claim the wild magic for his own, the last thing either Lizzie Grace or Belle Kent need is a new evil burning into town.

When Lizzie’s asked to find a missing woman, she’s well aware death awaits. What she doesn’t expect to find is a very human pile of skin next the woman’s body. Nor does she expect to be called to a murder scene that has the classic hallmarks of a vampire attack… except the bite marks don’t match any recorded vampire bite.

As the body count grows, Lizzie, Belle, and Aiden struggle to find—and stop—whoever or whatever is behind the atrocities. But there’s an even greater danger on the horizon.

The newly appointed reservation witch has arrived… and it’s someone Lizzie knows.

299 pages, ebook

First published February 12, 2019

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Keri Arthur

104 books5,709 followers
Keri Arthur, author of the New York Times bestselling Riley Jenson, Guardian series, has now written more than 25 books. She's received several nominations in the Best Contemporary Paranormal category of the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Awards, and recently won RT's Career Achievement Award for urban fantasy. She lives in Melbourne with her daughter and two crazy dogs

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Profile Image for Ronda.
851 reviews123 followers
July 24, 2020
Book 4 - A M A Z I N G and I expected nothing less. I love how these books are progressing, how each story carries on from the previous book and with connections, no loose ends. The continuation is seeing these characters grow from strength to strength and their futures intrigue me!

Aiden and Lizzie have such a connection that neither seems to be able to see yet and I have everything crossed - this has to be!! I love Belle and her relationship with Lizzie is so unique! Ashworth, Eli and even the rest of the secondary characters are fabulous but Monty is still a bit of a mystery, we shall see...

Highly recommended, this series is full of twists, turns, laughter, tears and lots of mystery but it all makes sense!!
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2,042 reviews191 followers
June 15, 2021
I think a big reason that I enjoy this series is the fast pace of the storytelling. A lot of unimportant stuff is covered in just a few sentences and then it quickly moves on to the things that actually affect the story. I don't care to know all the steps of a character's preparation to go out on a date when there are demons in need of blowing up, ya know?
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388 reviews51 followers
April 25, 2019
Finally found out Lizzie's big secret which was the only thing worth knowing in this story. 😕 Still lukewarm vibe.
Profile Image for Kira.
1,232 reviews132 followers
March 29, 2019
The reservation was in danger again. Someone was killing people in a bizarre and gruesome way. Liz wasn’t sure she had the power to defeat the enemy. As fate would have it, the new head witch arrived in town, and that person turned out to be none other than her cousin.

I liked Monty, the new head witch, quite a bit. Of all the people in Liz’s family to show up there, he had to have been the best. He’s a genuinely good guy and doesn’t have any ill will against Liz. He did have a major character flaw though. He was in over his head in the new position and wasn’t aware of it.

The secrets of Liz’s past were finally revealed. It wasn’t as bad as expected. It was completely understandable why she fled, but it was nowhere near as sinister as I thought it would be. There may be a good possibility that Monty is right and her family may not be out to get her like she thinks they are.

Liz and Aiden are good together. It’s aggravating how often Liz downplays the significance of their relationship. She can’t think about them without thinking about how they’ll never work in the long run because she’s a witch and he’s a werewolf. The fear of potential betrayal and commitment overrides her common sense about their relationship. I think it is quite clear that Aiden deeply cares for her, and he doesn’t seem concerned about them being different species. I really hope she sorts out her feelings soon and gives him a genuine chance.
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2,467 reviews233 followers
March 22, 2019
Glad to be clear about the past, still it wasn't the best of them. Some deja read, some confusion (why the different feeding methods?) A bit light, except in spell work :)
Profile Image for TJ.
2,644 reviews153 followers
February 6, 2023
This series is SO much fun! Nothing too deep but so well written that it keeps one turning the pages and aching to come back. I think the strongest part of the books and the writing is in the relationships. Ms. Arthur does such a fabulous job of writing sympathetic characters that just grab the heart. Lizzie and Belle’s friendship is the glue that holds everything together and is an absolute delight to read. The secondary characters that circle through are also real and relatable to people we all know and love … or not. Lizzie and Aiden’s relationship is doing great in this installment, as well. Yes, the “I can’t be with you for always” rain cloud is still there but they are both pretty much ignoring it, so things - for the reader - were nice.

The action is pretty much the same… great! There is enough going on throughout the book that it keeps things super interesting while still building to a final conflict and resolution. And, there is a very nice epilogue (as there are in each of the previous books) that wraps things up in such a warm way that one can close the book happy every time while still jumping in to read the next book!
Profile Image for Ashley Daviau.
1,738 reviews749 followers
May 9, 2020
This is by far my favourite book out of this series yet! Sadly I didn’t realize it continued past this one and I don’t have the next books in the series which is a shame because I’m dying to know how the story goes after the end this book had. What I enjoyed most about this one is that it was pure, non stop action from start to finish. I was on the edge of my seat the whole way through, anxiously turning the pages to find out what craziness would happen next!
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1,441 reviews180 followers
July 2, 2022
Really fun.

Her cousin has his head up his ass, seriously. But hopefully he'll learn his lesson.

Also, I'm a little worried about the relationship with Aidan. I just ... I don't see the point of it. I want to get invested with the character - I really like Aidan - but we keep getting hit over the head with the fact that werewolves just don't mate with non-wolves, so ... I just don't know. And it is frustrating because Aidan seems frustrated that she's looking at it that way, but how else can she look at it? He's said he won't marry her. He's made it clear that there's no future here, not really. What is he looking for here?
Profile Image for Zenda.
1,549 reviews
January 23, 2022
I go back and forth on this series. I liked that in this novel, we finally found out what exactly set Belle and LIzzie at odds with their families, but I'm getting tired of the Aiden angst.
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5,770 reviews501 followers
June 23, 2020
Lizzie, Belle, Aiden, Ashworth, Eli, and the latest new addition to the reservation team, Frederick Montague Ashworth or Monty, are dealing with multiple murders where the victims are skinned -- although it isn't werewolves related like the previous book.

Another fast-paced read, right from the get-go. However, despite a number of casualty by fire that happens -- say goodbye to several cars *lol* -- I didn't feel that it was life-or-death situation. I still wonder about the villain's motivation though. It's not really clear why the villain decides to appear at the reservation.

I thought Lizzie could slightly relaxed in this book because a new witch is coming to the reservation from the city. Monty is Lizzie's cousin, and he's quite likable. He can take the job to protect the reservation and learn about wild magic, and Lizzie can slightly takes a step back. I say slightly because well, the wild magic will not let Lizzie go that easily *grin*

Lizzie also opens up a bit to Aiden -- she finally tells him about her real identity. It is quite a relief for me, because it means Lizzie and Aiden are moving towards something more concrete, despite future (possible) heartbreak due to them being different species.

Already looking forward to the next book...
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642 reviews12 followers
August 29, 2019
Mediocre at best. The big secret wasn’t really a big secret at all. The ending was a let down.
Profile Image for Kathy Davie.
4,653 reviews702 followers
July 10, 2019
Fourth in the Lizzie Grace paranormal fantasy series and revolving around a witch and her familiar working hard to stay under the radar. The story is set in Castle Rock, Australia.

My Take
Demon's Dance continues to push the prejudice of tradition through the blinders Monty wears that says Lizzie can't be powerful or useful. And it's a reminder for us to keep an open mind in this fascinating take on witches with Lizzie and Belle on the run, desperate to hide from Lizzie's nasty father.

Lizzie continues to evolve, the wild magic embedding itself within her. She's beginning to see and understand exactly what magic is in this action-packed hunt. And I am so curious to see just how evolved Lizzie is when she does finally encounter her father!

We finally find out what happened when Lizzie's sister died. And why her father is so determined to get her back! What. A. Jerk! What's scary is that Arthur has stepped up the fear of Lizzie being discovered when we learn who the new reservation witch is! And when we hear about some of Lizzie's prophetic dreams. Pins. And. Needles.

Romance-wise, it's been a sweet evolution from the damning and prejudiced Aiden to the man who now cares for Lizzie, only Arthur revs up that "he'll never marry me" meme. Oy. Lizzie's whines about it were rather irritating. It's that first person protagonist point-of-view that really cranks up that annoyance factor.

It is a little too easy how the elders and rangers have accepted Lizzie and Belle's help. Which is rather hypocritical of me, since it only shows they're smart, lol.

The Story
Trapped on the reservation due to her ties with the wild magic that so intrigues the council, Lizzie fears who will take on the reservation witch mantle. Whether they'll recognize her and force her back to her father, is the question, for it's too easy to see that it's a magic wound throughout Lizzie's spells.

It's her worst fear come to life when the new witch arrives just as an evil fire entity attacks. And as the body count grows, Lizzie, Belle, and Aiden struggle to find — and stop — whoever or whatever is behind the atrocities.

But as bad as it is, there’s an even greater danger on the horizon.

The Characters
Lizzie Grace is a psychometric witch with the ability to sense evil. On the run from her family, she gets prophetic dreams of doom, worse, the wild magic has embedded itself within her. The telepathic Belle Kent, a Sarr witch with spirit guides, is her best friend, a fellow witch, and Lizzie's familiar.

Her blueblooded powerful family is embarrassed by her for her low-level powers and that she has a human for a familiar. Part of the reason Lizzie is on the run is her guilt over not saving her brilliant sister, Cat. Charlie had been Cat's husband, and he also held Lizzie responsible. "Juli" is Lizzie's conceited twit of a brother, and he has four kids. Clayton, a disciplinarian and a friend of Lizzie's father and a powerful member of the council, is trapped, unable to move on until Lizzie is found. Edward.

The Faelan Werewolf Reservation is...
...based around Castle Rock and is one of seven such reservations but the only one that refused a reservation witch. Marin werewolves have brown hair with a tinge of red. O'Connor werewolves are mostly gray. Maelle Defour is a vampire who owns and runs the Émigré nightclub. Roger is her thrall.

The Psychic Café is...
...Lizzie and Belle's business. Penny is a waitress; Frank is a kitchen hand; and, Mike is the chef. Their regulars include Mrs Potts, who founded the Castle Rock gossip brigade which loves the café, and Kash Kennedy, who is an IT guy and part-time trainer.

The Rangers are...
...the police force on the reservation elected by the elders. Aiden O'Connor is the head ranger and in a relationship with Lizzie. Fellow werewolf rangers include Tala Sinclair as second-in-command, Byron, Mac, Duke, Jaz (married into the Marin pack), and Maggie as the station receptionist and a ranger-in-training. Ciara is Aiden's sister and the reservation coroner. Luke is from the Raine pack and is Ciara's new assistant.

The still-recovering Ira Ashworth, a witch from the Regional Witch Association, had been sent to suss out an earlier wild magic incident. Eli is Ashworth's partner, a retired RWA witch. They've decided to move permanently to Castle Rock.

Frederick Montagu "Monty" Ashworth is Lizzie's cousin and the new reservation witch. His father, also Frederick, married Lizzie's aunt and holds a seat on the high council. Jamie is a friend of Monty's in Canberra.

Wild magic must...
...be protected lest it draw evil in. There are two wells of wild magic in the Castle Rock area. The one Canberra doesn't know about is protected by Gabe Watson, the previous reservation witch, and the soul of his werewolf wife, Katie (Aiden's younger sister).

Ms Jenkins called it in. Kyle Jacobson is human. Alice Dale is a potential client of the café; her mom is missing. Marilyn is a friend of her mom's. Marilyn Jones went missing a few days before Mrs Dale. Jason Harding lives in Louton, a small gold mining town nearby. John Baker's ghost is worried about Elsie. Charles runs a storage facility.

There are different families at different status levels. The Marlowes are high up in the witches' council. Belle's family are those lowly Sarrs. Nell had been Belle's grandmother with valuable books that even bluebloods wanted to consult. Their council requires each werewolf reservation to have a reservation witch, one who is the government's mouthpiece

A soucouyant is a demon who is an old woman by day but sheds her skin and takes on a fire form or that of a gorgeous woman at night.

The Cover and Title
The cover is black with highlights of red-violet in Lizzie's below-the-shoulder hair blowing in the breeze, highlighting her black-clad body, and as a glow behind her. The same glow that lights up the ground behind her of this barren landscape with its tree silhouettes and rock-lined path.

The title is the Demon's Dance performed when she takes a skin.
Profile Image for Lisa.
447 reviews17 followers
November 17, 2019
Thought this was amazing read had trouble putting it down
Profile Image for Anna (Bobs Her Hair).
909 reviews193 followers
November 11, 2022
3 - 3.5

"Demon's Dance" was enjoyable read. It wasn't as intense as I was hoping but there were a couple of developments that broaden Lizzie's world/boundaries.

Library eloan
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1,247 reviews9 followers
June 3, 2021
This one was just ok for me. It felt really repetitive and lacked to show growth. Ex. We had to listen to Lizzie's self doubt and deprecation throughout the whole book, even though she had proof to the contrary.
I will also admit calling the villain bitch every other sentence became too much (note this is coming from a sailor who doesn't usually mind swearing at all in books)

Even though I considered this book /series to be just average, I've been in such a book slump so I just keep plugging away.

It's honestly like when you're craving something specific to eat but end up settling for something in the house because it's easier than going out.
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190 reviews6 followers
July 4, 2022
Okay. I am done with this series. Yes, we finally got to know Lizzie's backstory. Was it worth waiting 3 and a half books for? Nope. And that was the only thing that still had me reading. The over abundance of dialogue and em dashes was still happening in this novel. So much so that I skimmed most of this just to get to the end. I don't want to read characters who just talk about everything they need to actually DO things too.
Profile Image for Steph.
1,890 reviews269 followers
April 14, 2019
       Desperation is the mother of invention.
In Demon's Dance we finally learn more about Lizzie and Belle's past, why they ran and continue to hide from family in Canberra. We also see her continue to survive because of her ability to think on her feet and think outside the box. She may not be the strongest, as she's frequently reminded by a new witch in town, but she's definitely the one I'd want on my side in the fights that keep popping up in the reservation.

For me, learning about Lizzie's past and her growing relationships were the best parts of this installment. The baddie was interesting and the "remains" were creepy, but the solve felt a bit lackluster in the end. Nevertheless, I'm thoroughly enjoying this series and looking forward to WICKED WINGS.

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12.2k reviews419 followers
February 22, 2019
This book was more interesting due to the personal connections of Lizzie. Her past seems to have caught up to her and she came clean to Aiden about things. After hearing about why Lizzie and Belle ran, I don't blame them at all. I would hide in the same circumstances. I was worried when someone she and Belle knew entered the community, but the best outcome happened, someone sympathetic to what happened and would keep their secret.

The magical crime they were investigating was creepy, if only because people were being skinned, then the skins tossed aside. With some research they figured out who was being things and with some out of the box thinking on weapons needed they managed to defeat the bad guy.
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168 reviews7 followers
June 19, 2019
I'm so sad that I have to wait for more books in this series!! I loved it so much!! This is my kind of book for sure, lots of action, lots of heat but very little sexual description!! There was sex, but no play by play every time!! Keri is by far one of my favorite authors and I hope she never stops writing!! I'd love recommendations for this sort of book!!
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1,091 reviews7 followers
November 30, 2020
Just as good

This series is getting better. The world the author has made is outstanding. I love Monty and hope we are more of him.
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365 reviews27 followers
September 17, 2022
Who else is glad Ashworth stayed... Even though new Reservation Witch is here.

Who else is frustrated with the romance that develops but stays a cautious distance away from taking the plunge...

Who else wants to give a shout out to the Wild Magic and Katie...

That's all.. onto the next one. I am rather like Belle. (Inside joke)
Profile Image for Eleni Konstantine.
Author 7 books47 followers
July 26, 2021
Book 4 of the Lizzie Grace series doesn’t disappoint. There’s another supernatural being playing havoc but now there’s a new reservation witch to help in the fight. There history there and we learn more about why Lizzie and Belle are on the run.

As time goes on and the witches settle into the community, there’s stronger bonds being formed. It’s fun and satisfying watching these relationships grow. There’s a sense of togetherness and rightness. It’ll be interesting to see how this continues to develop. Though there is an axe over the girls heads and we wait as we know it’ll fall. It’s inevitable.

The romance grows deeper though we’re told it can’t possibly last. I shake my head at this. It’s obvious they’re meant to be together. Of course they’ll see it in the end I’m sure. :)

Looking forward to the next installment.

Disclaimer: while I know the author personally, this doesn’t affect the star rating.

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Profile Image for Casey.
369 reviews
February 10, 2020
Worst book in the series so far. WAY too much blathering on about nothing when lives are on the line. And why the heck does every character keep saying "Indeed" - even during sex! WTH? Do they just say that all the time in Australia? The plot was honestly sort of dull. Lizzie makes stupid mistakes. She should NOT have broken her word to Alice about calling her as soon as she knows anything. She definitely should have told her that the person she saw in her mother's house was NOT her mother too. Alice's death is on Lizzie's hands, and she doesn't seem to care. She even seemed annoyed that Alice's ghost was upset! After all the lead up to the deep dark secrets of Lizzie's past, I was disappointed. The "secret" was a total letdown. Meh. Can't see as I disagree with her father, honestly. Lizzie was responsible for her sister's death. She had a premonition, but didn't tell anybody because they "wouldn't have believed her". Well she could have freaking tried! I can't understand how she could be forced to marry either. Aiden said it's against the law. No matter how "powerful" her father is, he can't change the minds of an entire country. And suddenly deciding that Lizzie's mother had at first spoke against the forced marriage seems kind of convenient. Mom's just as evil as Dad...until the author decides she maybe wants to make the mother sympathetic or reintroduce her in the future. Now if Lizzie had grown and thought back and realized it, I could see it. Nope. She's always known it even though she didn't seem to know it before. There were some inconsistencies in this story too. Lizzie notices that the fire spirit could have killed her but "missed" on purpose on several occasions. Um. Why? Is it just supposed to be because it likes danger? That's pretty lame. The outline of these books is terrific. The characters are fun. The actual details need a lot more work.
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Profile Image for Marsha.
2,936 reviews52 followers
June 24, 2022
Each installment of the Lizzie Grace series brings us closer to the epic showdown between our heroine and her father. “Demon’s Dance” is another prime example of this as the new Reservation Witch come to town and Lizzie stares into the face of none other than her cousin, Monty. Things are just about to get interesting and we will get to learn more about Lizzie’s past.

This time Lizzie is asked to locate the mother of a woman. As she sets out on her quest she never dreamed she would stumble upon the skinned corpse of the woman. After calling in the situation to the rangers and telling a lie of omission Lizzie finds herself knee deep in tracking down a new type of evil, one that likes to take on the shape and skin of others.

In addition to the demon on the prowl, Aiden is no longer satisfied not knowing Lizzie’s past; so, she will have to come clean if there is any hope of keeping him. However, she is also concerned that they don’t have a future anyway since Weres and Witches don’t mix, or do they? This read is full of anticipation, frustration and danger. When you sit down to read it don’t miss a wows because you might just miss something important!
March 19, 2022
After dealing with human hunters killing werewolves for their pelts and a heretic witch determined to claim the wild magic for his own, the last thing either Lizzie Grace or Belle Kent need is a new evil burning into town.

When Lizzie’s asked to find a missing woman, she’s well aware death awaits. What she doesn’t expect to find is a very human pile of skin next the woman’s body. Nor does she expect to be called to a murder scene that has the classic hallmarks of a vampire attack… except the bite marks don’t match any recorded vampire bite.

As the body count grows, Lizzie, Belle, and Aiden struggle to find—and stop—whoever or whatever is behind the atrocities. But there’s an even greater danger on the horizon.

The newly appointed reservation witch has arrived… and it’s someone Lizzie knows.

My Thoughts:
465 reviews4 followers
November 13, 2022
This book seemed a little more sloppily written (the question, "how do you want to play this?" appears 5 times, said by different people) and a bit of a rehash in plot from a previous book. Like other reviewers, I grow tired of the Aiden-Lizzie "relationship" - in this book, it has been reduced to chasing after bad guys and way too much "when can we have sex again" heavy breathing and innuendos which were just boring to read.

The worst part for me, and I only noticed this because it was said by so many people, so many times (32, to be precise), is that they repeatedly refer to the villain as a bitch. The villain is a demon that they refer to generically as her and specifically as a bitch since it takes the shape of a female human. I found this completely unnecessary and kind of wondered how the author would have referred to the demon had it taken a male shape instead.
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1,074 reviews47 followers
February 21, 2019
In the fourth book of an amazing series, Lizzie Grace and her witch familiar Belle Kent have to deal with a new evil in the area. Despite the new official witch on the scene, it will take not only him, but witches Lizzie, Belle, Ashworth and Eli to take down the entity that is racking up more and more murder victims, and putting all of their lives in danger. Lizzie needs a break to enjoy some alone time with Aiden, which won’t happen until the new threat is dealt with. After another great, action-packed adventure, with fantastic characters and uniquely dangerous villains to battle, I now have to anxiously wait for the next great story, which can’t come soon enough.
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