Demon Bound is the second book in the Black London series featuring Jack Winter, my literary crush, and shouldn’t be read out of order.
Demon Bound takes place not long after the events in Street Magic. Pete and Jack are working together after Pete quit the Metro police. They investigate ghostly phenomenon, question the dead, that sort of thing; utilizing Jack and Pete’s talents. After getting cheated of the rest of their fee on a job, they are approached by a seemingly normal guy who thinks the family country manor house is haunted. He believes his older brother was driven to commit suicide because of the ghost. They take the job even though Jack knows that time is slipping away from him. See, thirteen years ago he made a bargain with a demon to save his life. Now the demon is back to collect. Jack hasn’t told Pete since he isn’t proud of what he did. So Jack pays a visit to his friend Lawrence to see if there is a way to cheat the demon and get out of the bargain. When that is a bust he meets Pete and they set out to the countryside. Once they arrive, they are surprised that more people haven’t killed themselves on the premises as it is a creepy, uncomfortable house with a strange silence to it. It is obvious that there is more involved in this case then they were led to believe. Then the demon comes calling again and Jack makes another deal. When all is said and done, will Jack be free, Pete safe, and the ghosts laid to rest?
I thought I loved Jack before but this book confirmed it. We are completely in Jack’s head in this book which isn’t the most comfortable place to be, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Jack doesn’t have any illusions about himself. He knows he is a liar, a thief, and pretty much a bad guy. But he loves Pete, knows she makes him a better person and he will do anything to protect her from the demon. This reminds me of the show Supernatural at its creepiest. The ghosts are eerie and scary, the demons ruthless and apparent in their disdain of humanity. Jack has always inhabited the darker side of life, the alleyways and the bars. His addiction to heroin, the way it makes him feel, the obliteration of his memories and the effect it has on his talent does torment him throughout the book. This is a dark, visceral read that sucks you in and doesn’t let you up for air and isn’t for the squeamish. That is part of my intense love for this series. I never know what is going to happen, how things are going to go. Ms. Kittredge doles out information on a need to know basis but does it in a way as to intrigue the reader rather than drive them stark raving crazy. The scenes are almost cinematic in their description, putting you right in the action. This book and the series as a whole so far hit all my buttons; ghosts, magic, demons, cemeteries, England, moors, fog, supernatural creatures, ancient deities. The way things ended, I am seriously anxious to see what is happening next. Go out and get this!
Thirteen years ago, Jack Winter lay dying in a graveyard. Jack called upon a demon and traded his soul for his life… and now the demon is back to collect its due. But Jack has finally found something to live for. Her name is Pete Caldecott, and because of her, Jack's not going to Hell without a fight.
Pete doesn't know about Jack's bargain, but she does know that something bigger and far more dangerous than Jack's demon is growing in the Black. Old gods are stirring and spirits are rising--and Jack doesn't stand a chance of stopping them without Pete's help.