The Demon of Annwn

1 star1 star1 star Adult
When an immortal evil is evoked in a small New England town to destroy an ancient bloodline Arianrhod Danann and her lover risk more than their lives as they draw on the secret rites of two legendary cultures, those of the ancient Egyptians and those of the Celtic Druids, to defeat it. More

Available formats: epub, mobi, pdf, rtf, lrf, pdb

First 40% Sample: epub mobi (Kindle) lrf more read online
About Ruty Aisling

The Aislings live deep in the mountains of New Hampshire and have had a lifelong interest and involvement in the magical Arts. They enjoy writing both non-fiction and fiction. Their non-fiction is carefully researched and draws from their lifetime of diverse experience. Their fiction is based on actual myths, legends and magical practices with just a touch of high fantasy and romance.

Also by This Author

Also by This Publisher

Reviews

Review by: WildAboutBones on Sep. 28, 2011 : star star star star
Ancient Celtic and Egyptian ritual magic; an ancient demon with an old grudge; a young woman coming into her powers and birthright; a misguided, greedy, foolish reverend and two romances fill the pages of this first in Aisling's Bariona, Queen of the Witches series. This is a paranormal romance filled with love, duty and heartbreak.

Arian suddenly screams awake from the same vivid dream she has over and over. She "wakes with sexual energies running through her each time". She had moved some years ago to Boston to go to college and stayed to work there. She misses home and feels something is missing in her relationship with Tom.

Tom, her current boyfriend and somewhat stuffy business man, feels he isn't in love with Arian but she looks good on his arm and she is "one of the most sensual, erotic and beautiful women he had ever been with" and would make the "perfect corporate wife".

Arian is called back home when her grandmother is murdered. She immediately feels comforted by her home town and surroundings. She's glad to see Ian, her former boyfriend. However she is stunned to see that her father's student, Jean-Paul, is the man from her dreams.

Jean-Paul has loved Arian since seeing her crowned Queen of Spring seven years ago. Ian had wanted to ask Arian to marry him before she left for college but was afraid she'd turn him down and he wanted to be there for her when she returned. Only she hadn't, until now.

The murders don't stop and Arian's family seems to be the focus of the attacks.

I laughed and I cried. This has a great story line and I'll make sure to read the sequel. Fans of the ritual magic and paranormal genres should like this as well.

Warning Spoiler Alert!!!
This ends with a cliffhanger.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: laurie garrison on Sep. 23, 2011 : star star star
Laurie
Rating- 3 One Good Howl
Sexual- Steamy


I enjoyed the Celtic and Egyptian magic that was in the story. But I myself felt like there was to much added to the story that could have been left out, it just made the story drag. I also found this is more for urban fantasy readers that loves a good cliffhanger. I myself would have liked it to have been more on the romance side.

WildAboutBones
A pack howl
Steamy

WildAboutBones' Review:
Ancient Celtic and Egyptian ritual magic; an ancient demon with an old grudge; a young woman coming into her powers and birthright; a misguided, greedy, foolish reverend and two romances fill the pages of this first in Aisling's Bariona, Queen of the Witches series. This is a paranormal romance filled with love, duty and heartbreak.

Arian suddenly screams awake from the same vivid dream she has over and over. She "wakes with sexual energies running through her each time". She had moved some years ago to Boston to go to college and stayed to work there. She misses home and feels something is missing in her relationship with Tom.

Tom, her current boyfriend and somewhat stuffy business man, feels he isn't in love with Arian but she looks good on his arm and she is "one of the most sensual, erotic and beautiful women he had ever been with" and would make the "perfect corporate wife".

Arian is called back home when her grandmother is murdered. She immediately feels comforted by her home town and surroundings. She's glad to see Ian, her former boyfriend. However she is stunned to see that her father's student, Jean-Paul, is the man from her dreams.

Jean-Paul has loved Arian since seeing her crowned Queen of Spring seven years ago. Ian had wanted to ask Arian to marry him before she left for college but was afraid she'd turn him down and he wanted to be there for her when she returned. Only she hadn't, until now.

The murders don't stop and Arian's family seems to be the focus of the attacks.

I laughed and I cried. This has a great story line and I'll make sure to read the sequel. Fans of the ritual magic and paranormal genres should like this as well.

Warning Spoiler Alert!!!
This ends with a cliffhanger.


Nooksmom
Rating- 3 One Good Howl
Sexual- Steamy
A very interesting story of magic. Arian learns a lot about herself, her family and her magic right along with the reader. It was fascinating reading about the links between Arian and ancient Egypt, along with all the many different practices of magic in respect to other countries and cultures. I would have liked for there to have been more romance between Arian and Jean Paul or Ian, so I would see this appealing to more Urban Fantasy readers. Be warned this book does end with quite a cliff hanger.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Adrienne Smith on Sep. 21, 2011 : star star star star
Oh Arian, I thought she was a fantastic character, along with many of the others! I really enjoyed reading this book, I never wanted to put it down. I was so happy with the length, as I LOVE long books. I read this on my iPhone and was happy to lay in bed and read to my hearts content. I wish I never had to take a break (or sleep) while reading this book.

I thought this was all very interesting and really enjoyed reading because I love Egypt, Mythology, magic and the paranormal. It was all so well mixed together. And so interesting to imagine these things still being played out today.

I cannot wait to read the next book.

The ONLY downfalls to this book was a couple spelling and punctuation errors and my mind really got stuck on those... That and sometimes I felt that it was too descriptive of the rooms that they were in... Which sometimes I would just skip over. I think my mind doesn't care what kind of floor or carpet they're standing on... haha.

I was hoping for a little bit more/better sex scenes from this book, but Midalah (commenter below) was right the two sex scenes that were actually descriptive were alright, but I still felt as though they were lacking steam.

I am anxious to learn what happens between Arian and Ian. And to see her life as Banriona and learn more about her family and the way that they practice their magic.

I really loved reading this book. I really do recommend it to people if they like a little romance, magic, Egyptology, and the paranormal.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Midalah Ballinger on Sep. 19, 2011 : star star star
Arianrhod, known as Arian to many, comes from a rich history that extends over two very distinct cultures. Visions of a past life plague her just as she receives devastating news that brings her back to her hometown. Thus begins her journey into a world she knew she would eventually embrace, just never expecting to do so as soon as she has.

Overall, I liked this book. The idea of the story is enriched by the amount of history and mythology that was obviously researched to bring it to life. There are times when parts of the story goes into unnecessary details, especially during the first few chapters. This tends to bog the book down at first because a lot of information is being thrown at you; it also seems that a couple chapters seem to jump from one time to another without an easy transition.

Also, If you are looking for a book brimming with romance with the paranormal intertwined, this is not the book for you. The book reads more as an ensemble piece rather than a romance.

Arian is very much the heroine, but there is never a clear hero. There are three men in Arian's life as the story progresses, eventually going down to two, but it's hard to root for one or the other as her true love or even truly see the connections between them. We get snatches here and there, but no real romance involved. The steamy rating stems from two scenes of graphic sex: one scene between Arian and one of the men and another between two other characters.

Right off the bat, I will say this is book one of a series, which is obvious with how abruptly it ends. The story is interesting enough to me that I would like to read the next book to see how it unfolds. There is a lot of promise. If you are looking for a good paranormal story with some romance thrown in, you'll enjoy this book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Philaletheia on Sep. 11, 2011 : star
An idea with considerable potential, DEPLORABLY BADLY EXECUTED. If you are looking for plot developmet, character development, logic, somewhat capable use of the English language, grammar, syntax, depth or style, save yourself the trouble. This could have turned into a real novel with a LOT of work and a real editor. As it is, it is a travesty. The characters have rather less depth than the Sunday Comics and the writing is at about 8th grade level. Even the sex scenes, excessively lengthy, manage to be subclinical turnoffs: those of us with actual experience of sex magic can recognize that the author doesn't know what s/he's talking about. If the writer would take a 3-5 year break from writing and actually read well-written material, spanning Dickens/Wilkie Collins to Deborah Harkness, said writer might pick up at least a marginal sense of style, of how to convey detail without being utterly boring, of how to develop the subtleties of a character and how to move a story along at a decent rate, keeping important parts and trimming away extraneous digressions. Said writer might also expand his/her vocabulary and develop a bit of a "voice". Until then, let's just say I'm glad I only spent $2.99 on this screed.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Report this book