A Goodreads user asked Sherrilyn Kenyon:
Hi, Sherrilyn! I'm actually read the COH first! And i'm reading Illusion right now, and (one) of the major questions that bother me, is that if Nick will eventually sort of like "kill" everybody he loves... why have a "love interest"? Because we see the Kody's future (T_T) and Nick in DH so different i guess? .. so... i guess the overall question, will he have a SOLID love interest??? sorry for the long paragraph..
Sherrilyn Kenyon It's explained in both the DH and CON books. Nick's the Malachai and powerful demons have to have a positive emotion (with love being the most positive/altruistic of all) to override their innate desire to destroy everything. In other words, they have to have something they care about more than themselves. Originally, Nick's anchor was his mother and his love for her kept the demon at bay. When she died, the demon began taking over him, body and soul. They have to give him an anchor or nothing will stop him from utter destruction. Hugs!
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