The Demon You Know by Barbara Elsborg ~ Book Review by Caroline

25315986Title: The Demon You Know

Author: Barbara Elsborg

Publisher: Loose Id

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Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date:

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal


A good demon?

Ezra is a timekeeper in Hell, responsible for building and maintaining the clocks that tick away eternal torment. He’s never believed he deserves to be in Hell, and when the reason he’s there is revealed, he’s horrified…yet filled with hope. But is this just another form of torture? When Ezra’s given a chance to go to the surface, he’s determined to uncover the truth, but his fellow demons seem just as determined he won’t survive the journey.

A bad angel?

Roman doesn’t understand why an angel who failed his training the first time round has been given the job of policing paranormals in the UK’s capital city. He’s consumed by unhappiness. He might not be in Hell, but sometimes it damn well feels like it.

When Roman meets Ezra his failings come back to haunt him. Ezra makes him want to break the rules, but an angel protecting a demon? Discovery would bring an eternity of suffering, and with a boss none other than the archangel Michael, it’ll take more than a miracle for the lovers to stand together.

My View:

I think the cover for The Demon You Know will get my vote for cover of the year – it’s truly beautiful.

The story is beautiful too and takes you into the world of Angels and Demons. Barbara Elsborg does a great job with the world building making it easy to follow as you are introduced to the characters.

There is a similarity in all the demons we meet in hell, all except for Ezra. Where the others are almost depraved, bragging of past crimes and often sporting horns and unattractive features, Ezra is a much gentler demon. He spends his time trying to avoid situations that will cause him hurt or harm, he loves to read, he is compassionate and he has no idea that he doesn’t physically look like everyone else around him. He is stuck in hell, as is everyone there with him, but when given the opportunity to spend a few days on earth he jumps at the chance, even though it appears everyone else is against him going.

Roman is a fallen angel whose responsibility is to police London and make sure humans remain unaware of paranormal society. Not an easy task when you have vampires behaving badly and werewolf packs threatening to go to war. It was during his training that he was tricked, which caused him to fall, now he just exists. He doesn’t feel anything anymore, he doesn’t use his wings, he has found ways to prevent using them, but are they no longer there with him or is it just his fear that confines them?

When Ezra comes to earth Roman’s job is to capture him and send him back, but Ezra proves to be unlike any demon that has come before him. His acts of kindness see Roman intent on helping him rather than completing the job he was sent to do. How is the fallen angel going to explain that one to the Archangel Michael?

There are games afoot and the ending was just perfect! I wonder whether we will get Michaels’s story now and whether there is a way for David to end up taking Ezra’s place…..he was the most un-angelic angel ever!


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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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