For seeker Raine Benares, a demon infestation on the Isle of Mid couldn t come at a worse time Already fighting the influence of the Saghred, a soul stealing stone, Raine discovers she is also magically bonded to a dark mage and a white knight, two dangerous and powerful men on opposing sides Turns out, the demons want the key to unlock the Saghred As a seeker, Raine should be able to find it first As the axis of light and dark powers, she s a magical cataclysm waiting to happen....
|Title||:||The Trouble with Demons (Raine Benares)|
|Format Type||:||Audio Book|
|Publisher||:||Ace Auflage Original 24 M rz 2009|
|Number of Pages||:||364 Pages|
|File Size||:||670 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Trouble with Demons (Raine Benares) Reviews
Schreiben kann die Autorin gut, die Sätze fliessen von der Feder, doch kommt die Geschichte nicht vom Fleck, obwohl wir vor lauter Action kaum zum Atmen kommen.Der dritte Band spielt zwei Wochen in der Geschichte um Raine Benares mit dem verwunschenen, bösen Stein. Der oberste Magier von Mid lebt, ist aber schwer verletzt, ebenso am Leben ist der 1000-jährige grottenschlechte, aber sauattraktive Goblin Rudra Muralin- und der will weiterhin Raine töten und mit dem Stein verbunden werden. Dann gibt es den Archmagus-Stellvertreter Carnades Silvanus. Obwohl ohne Hirn wurde er zweitmächtigster Mann der Insel und er kann Goblin und alles, was mit ihnen zusammenhängt, nicht ausstehen. Neu dazu stossen Dämonen. Deren Königin will ihren König der Dämonen, der ebenfalls im Stein hockt, wiederhaben.Raine hat die Qual der Wahl. Da gibt es den starken Mann der Insel, den äusserst attraktiven Elfen Mychael, und da gibt es Tamrais, den äusserst attraktiven schwarzen Goblin-Magier. Der Stein nimmt ihr die Wahl ab und verheiratet sie gleich mit beiden, was natürlich zu weiteren Problemen, aber auch zu Vorteilen, führt.Obwohl die Dämonen dazustossen und neue Personen eingeführt werden, hatte ich das Gefühl, alles bereits in den Vor-Büchern gelesen zu haben. Der Witz ist manchmal da, kommt aber nicht wirklich durch. Das Klischee mit den Virgins wirkt abgedroschen und billig, die Streitereien mit Nukpana langweilen nur noch. Und das Potential der Liebesgeschichte wird nicht umgesetzt, verflacht. Es wurde zuviel in wenige Stunden hineingequetscht, die Charaktere machen keine fassbare Entwicklung durch, die Story stagniert und die Faszination ist weg.
Über den Inhalt möchte ich hier an dieser Stelle nichts sagen, man sollte sich überraschen lassen. Tolle Geschichte! Man kann kaum glauben was denn noch alles so passieren kann..und doch, auch dieses Buch habe ich in einem Rutsch durchlesen müssen. Voller Humor, Action und Spannung von Anfang bis Ende, kann ich dieses Buch nur empfehlen. ABER VORSICHT: Man muss die Bände der Reihenfolge nach gelesen haben, sonst macht es keinen Sinn. Ich kann es gar nicht erwarten dass der nächste Band erscheint. Für jeden Fantasy-Fan eine Kaufempfehlung!!
It is just getting better and better - do not miss this last part of RaineŽs story. I loved it.
Very enjoyable read. Action packed and fun. Colorful, creative plot and settings and characters. Also likable heroine and other characters. Definitely worth reading. Probably more like a 3 and a half and could be a four and half if one thing were more developed---the action is a little too constant. Like it feels you are constantly chasing from one situation to the next. If things were slowed down just a little, and if there were just a little more development between heroine and main guys, this could rreally be a great series. Three books without really even much of a kiss is kind of bordering on silly. I don't like books that revolve around panting sex scenes every 10 pages or constant ruminations and angst about love, but this goes too far in the other extreme. I willl definitely keep reading the series, but hope as time goes on the author deepens her ability to write about relationship just a bit. But a very good author--better than so much of the fantasy out there. Which is why I gave it a 4, when it's more like a 3 compared to a Jacqueline Carey, for instance. But it's a 4 compared to someone like Laurelll Hamilton, who seems to be so popular but writes drivel.
Raine Benares was a Seeker with modest magical talents before donning a necklace that bonded her to the soul-sucking rock of unimaginable power known as the Sahgred. Now she's had a few weeks of fending off both the rock's insidious influences and the attempts of the power-hungry to use her or kill her for their own nefarious purposes. So far she hasn't found anyone able to separate her from her unwanted duty of being the Sahgred's bondservant - and she's been trying. A lot. On the bright side, she's also managed to not get herself or anyone she cares about killed. On the less bright side, that fact doesn't mean the forces of darkness around her don't keep upping the ante.When a shopping expedition turns into a demon free-for-all, Raine knows that's just how her life is going lately. She's hardly surprised when she finds out the Saghred's protective wards are failing and demons are pouring out of a Hellgate someone opened on the Isle of Mid. Demons and the Saghred are definitely a couple of unmixy things, and Raine's up to her pointed ears in danger as she and her friends race to find and close the Hellgate and stop the insane goblin Rudra Muralin from forging an alliance with the Demon Queen before Mid becomes a demonic smorgasbord and the Saghred is forced to release its souls. And if that wasn't enough of a good time, there's always Sarad Nukpana, less crazy, more pure sadistic evil, who's only a whisper away as he manipulates from inside the Saghred.Yeah, if it wasn't for the two gorgeous men who care about her, one a source of light, Paladin Mychael Eiliesor, and the other cloaked in darkness, goblin dark mage Tamnais Nathrach, Raine wouldn't be having any fun at all. Oh...wait...even with the two lovelies, she's not having any fun. Not that they wouldn't line up for it if she so much as blinked at them the right way, but a girl's got to have priorities, and staying alive while not corrupting the two men she cares most about is right up there on her list.The Trouble with Demons is an action-packed thrill ride of danger that takes off fast and goes nearly supersonic as it races along towards its conclusion. Raine and her friends and family are in full sardonic form and the narrative, told in first person from Raine's point of view, is full of her dry, sarcastic wit. It's hard not to like the fiercely loyal but doubly stubborn elf who seems especially adept at stumbling into life-threatening situations. Supported by a rich cast of secondary and ancillary characters full of charm and personality with a backdrop of a wildly vibrant world that's been well defined, the strength of the series lies with the irrepressible Raine and it shines because of her.That's not to say the series plot arc isn't good, or the individual books don't have intriguing plot threads - it is, and they do. The problem is that in this book in particular, there was tons of action but little story arc progression. A few new wrinkles were added, and a bit more information, but strip that away and Raine is almost exactly where she was at the end of the last book. She's still shackled to the Saghred with all the same nasty implications, still has no clue how to get free of it, still has enemies gunning for her (the same enemies), and she's still conflicted over her relationships with Mychael and Tam. In fact, instead of making strides forward, Raine and crew are actually slightly worse off than they were at the end courtesy of an old enemy that made a reemergence.After three books of increasing conflict and badness piling up on Raine's head, I'm starting to wonder if anything is ever going to go her way, and questioning how soon before we start to see some resolution to the myriad of plot threads introduced so far.Another issue I had with this book actually extends to the series as a whole. There is a lot of repetition of information and phrasing in the narrative and significantly more exposition than necessary. By now I'm more than passingly familiar with the fact that Raine is a Benares, and all that implies. In each book she mentions that again and again...ad nauseum...and as I'm neither suffering from memory loss nor any other cognitive malady, it's the least appealing aspect of the series for me.The excessive exposition isn't what I'd prefer, either, but it's easy enough to skim through and I do appreciate the points that I do need refreshed. I just don't need nearly enough refreshing as is provided in each book. For readers new to the series, there's enough provided to get them up to speed without having to read the first two books, but honestly, I wouldn't recommend it. There's too much between the characters - the nuances, the emotions, the bonds - that can't be glossed over in condensed form and which add so much to the series.I'm a big fan of the series, even with the issues I have, because I'm a big fan of Raine and the rest of the characters. I just hope that subsequent books in the series start resolving some of the many plot threads that have been piling up, including the romantic triangle between Raine, Mychael, and Tam. To be completely honest, though, while I normally have little tolerance for romantic triangles, the one between those three isn't bothering me too much. Of course that's mostly because there hasn't been time for Raine to breathe, let alone expand her dating resume.I get the feeling that's something she'd like to see change. And really...who could blame her?Reviewed for One Good Book Deserves Another.
There are very few series where you think the quality of the first ones was great, and it just keeps getting better - but this is one. I went back and re-read the first two before I read this one, and enjoyed them just as much. That doesn't happen often enough for me. I knew I had liked them the first time, and it was the wait for this one that had seemed like a forever. So I wanted to stretch it out as much as possible, and re-read the first ones. Lisa Shearin has a talent of blending all the elements of fiction into a very readable product that makes you keep turning the pages, and wanting it all in one gulp because you like the characters so much and you want to know what happens - but you don't want it to end. I won't go into plot, as I don't think anyone needs any more hints than are posted here already. What I do say is read the first two in order, and you will want to plunge into this one - and it will not disappoint you.
This is the third book in the Raine Benares series. As a series, this is full of colorful characters, paranormal intrigue, hilarious situations and fast paced, high stake action. I love it and this book just raises the stakes!In this installment Raine manages, with no small amount of help from her two main admirers, to get herself in DEEPER trouble while simultaneously saving the world. I don't think I stopped giggling as I flew through this book, unable to put it down.Court intrigue gets more dangerous, goblin plotting becomes more insidious, and the bond between Raine and the men in her life becomes stronger- and more inescapable. By the time this books ends, you are gasping for breath, wiping away tears of joy and nothing short of DESPERATE for the next installment.MORE! MORE! MORE!
I loved the first two Raine Benares books. This third is severely lacking in editing. As a member of a crit group myself, I was dying to give crit on the excess verbiage that seems to be okie-dokie if your're on the 3rd book of a series, but woe-betide if you're just trying to get an agent.I'm afraid that the repeat-repeat-repeat of how hot Raine feels or Mychael and Tam does grow old. Lisa told us MULTIPLE times about the connection between the three. I don't want to give away any plot points, but it's discouraging to have such a poor showing on this third book. I do believe this book could have been about half the length and still had everything essential without the excess junk.