Now this is an exciting book!
I started reading The Demon Equilibrium by Cathy Pegau thinking I would read the story over two to three days. It didn’t take very long to realize that I wasn’t going to be able to put the book down. In fact I found myself getting quite irritated every time real life forced me to stop reading to do normal things like cook, eat, sleep, walk the dog, etc. I was hooked from the beginning to the end.
The novel takes place in 1903, but has flashbacks to the year 1897. Normally I’m not a fan of flashbacks, but these are handled very well and are needed to understand what is happening in the later time. The main characters, Grace Carter and Maggie Mulvaney belong to a religious organization that is tasked with finding and killing demons that roam the world. Grace is a magical source that has the ability to do this job with the help of her catalyst Maggie. Maggie helps her control and focus the magic she has inside. The problem is, at the beginning of the novel the two have been mysteriously “separated” from each other, and their memories have been tampered with as well. Now Grace must not only find Maggie, she also has to somehow find out who did this to them and why. On top of that, there is something big about to happen in the demon world, and Grace and Maggie may be needed to stop it.
The author definitely takes us on a wild ride from Wyoming to Long Island, New York with action, adventure, and danger at almost every step. I obviously connected with the main characters immediately, and worried about their safety through the whole book, with good reason. The plot is intriguing and will keep you guessing about who the real bad guy is until the end. I know I was totally surprised even with the little hints we are given along the way.
This is a thrilling story with lots of action, a great deal of danger, and even a heart-melting romance. As I said above, I couldn’t put this novel down, and I bet the same will happen to you.
I received an ARC from Bywater Books for an honest review.