Review: Marked For Death by Claire Ashgrove

Marked For Death by Claire Ashgrove
Series:  Inherited Damnation (# 8)
Release Date:  October 1, 2012
Publisher:  Wild Rose Press
Pages:  118
Source: book provided by the publisher for review

Taran McLaine knows the agony of his incubus father’s curse more intimately than his siblings. A century ago he murdered the only woman he ever loved. When he finds her alive, he’s faced with the ultimate heartbreak. They have no chance at a future–he’s done all he can to insure that on his day of judgment the ancestors will deny him a mortal life.

Years ago, Solene Larouche embraced Taran and the dark curse that cloaked him. She knew the risk she faced, but when Drandar pulls her back to life, she agrees to aid the demon and damn Taran to eternal suffering. One look at the man who held her heart so long ago, however, changes her mind. She must find a way to free him, even if it means condemning herself to eternity as Drandar’s slave.

As Samhain approaches, Solene and Taran conspire to destroy Drandar. But will their combined effort enable them to kill the incubus or will they be cast into Drandar’s own special Hell and all hope of their renewed love marked for death?



Review:   Claire Ashgrove has quickly become one of my favorite authors.  All of her books are full of characters you fall in love with – especially the leading men.

The Inherited Damnation series is a story about the offspring of  the High Priestess Nyamah setting out to destroy their evil incubus father, Drandar.  While some of the kids bask in the light of good, some feel the pull of evil.  Marked For Death is about Taran McLaine and his pull towards his father’s curse.

I completely fell in love with Taran.  He’s a soul who has been tortured not only by his father’s evil blood but by the fact that he murdered his true love, Solene.  After Solene, Taran spent many years doing whatever he could to insure that the ancestors would deny him a mortal life.  He lives in a bare apartment, separated from his siblings who hate him, with his only “friend” being a stray cat that he has been feeding.

Solene is torn from the afterlife by Drandar when she agrees to aid him in damning Taran forever.  But once she is face to face with Taran, she chooses love instead.  Solene knows what that by helping Taran, she is choosing a horrible life for herself.

So who wins in the end?  Good or evil?  You need to read it to find out!

One thing you should know.  This book is part of a series.  You don’t absolutely have to read the other books first but it does help fill in some of the blanks you might be missing.  You should read the other books because they are really, really good.