When Mammon, the Prince of Greed, 'acquires' a half-blood slave known as 'Muse' for three nights, and bespells her with tales of a world where people live like kings and queens among towers of steel and glass, the seed of hope takes root in Muse's soul. But hope, for a half-human half-demon creature like her, is a dangerous thing. Especially when that tentative hope springs from the honeyed words of a Prince of Hell. What is Mammon's price for freedom?
Meanwhile Da'mean, her ruthless owner, would rather see her dead, than free. She belongs to him. She is his muse. And no beast will take her from him.
The world of the elemental demons is harsh and violent. Muse's kin are merciless, blood-hungry beasts, but little do they know, Muse has something far more dangerous coiled inside her, desperate for a taste of freedom.
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Muse in this story is physically whole, capable of deception (because to survive she has to become virtually invisible), and yet trapped. We learn how abused she was by her owner Da'mean and then the Prince of Greed, Mammon, spies her and a strange bargain sees the battered Muse discovering hope, but losing a vital part of herself. Muse may be half demon but she never loses her humanity.
This is hard to review as so much of the story is trying to immerse the reader in the tragedy Muse's life was as a slave to Da'mean. It's a dark read, awful, and heartbreaking and yet as a fan of the series, I had to keep going. These characters are not that likeable, theirs is a complex world full of pain. If honest, the name changes from the rest of the series just had me wondering why and added nothing.
Read Wings of Hope first and discover where Muse came from, then get Beyond the Veil and marvel at just how far she has come. This truly offers insight into the messed up relationships that dog Muse and is well worth a read. As I type, Beyond the Veil, is free on kindle
I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.