The Devil’s Concubine

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QuiTai, ruthless concubine of Levapur's mysterious crime lord, the Devil, receives an unexpected invitation to cocktails with disgraced Thampurian Kyam Zul. She doesn't trust Kyam enough to drink anything he pours, and won't help him no matter how hard he begs – or threatens. But when QuiTai's ex-lover is murdered, Kyam is the only one who knows the name of the killer, and he won't tell QuiTai unless she helps him first.

The torpid back alleyways of Levapur's tropical colony hide more than lovers. There are things with claws, beings with venomous fangs, and spies lurking in the jungle.

Most of them want to keep their secrets. One of them wants QuiTai dead.

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Jill Braden

Jill-Braden-2Upon completing her studies at Miss Havisham’s School for Girls, Ms. Braden earned a degree in Finance. Armed with a smattering of monetary theory and an understanding of capital markets, she invaded Los Angeles with such stealth that most of the population remains unaware that she lurks within the borders. While her lifelong dream of owning James West’s train remains elusive, the underwater lair is coming along quite nicely, thank you. Do drop in. She’s been looking for an excuse to test the hound’s SCUBA gear.

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I am seriously in awe of this book. Not only is it well written with amazing characters and a fast plot, but it also takes place in a fantasy world that’s not based on Medieval Europe! Instead, it’s based upon a tropical island culture with elements taken from both island and Asian cultures as well as some European ones.

QuiTai is now one of my favourite characters–ever. Considering how many books I read a year, that’s saying something. She is amazing! Sensual, manipulative, complex, intelligent, ruthless and at the same time, loyal to her conquered Ponongese people. Words can’t even do her justice. … The plot is fast paced and Jill Braden constantly throws in plot twists to keep you on your toes. Even the characters themselves throw you off sometimes because just when you think you know their motives, their true motives are revealed. — Carrie Slager, The Mad Reviewer book blog

The Devil’s Concubine by Jill Braden is a hard novel to categorize. Set in a mythical world containing werewolves, shape shifters, and all manner of beasts, it could be seen as a fantasy. But, there are also elements of science fiction, and a large dollop of just plain thriller. Braden has done an excellent job of creating a believable fantasy world, and her characters are easy to develop feelings for—love or hate. The murky relationship between Qui Tai and Kyam is perhaps the best part of this story of a character who must deal with her internal demons while trying to save her people. There’s enough here to please fans of the fantasy genre, with enough action thrown in to keep adventure junkies reading. — Charles A. Ray, Amazon reviewer

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