Publication date: October 25th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Romance
Athena Harrow is about to turn twenty-one, but there will be no celebration. What is there to celebrate when the world is ruled by demons?
She hates the darkness the demons brought with them and longs for the light to return to the world—a world she only vaguely remembers. The people in her forest village blindly accept the life the demons forced upon them, even tolerating the yearly ascension ceremony where all the girls who have turned twenty-one are either sent away to serve the Master Demon or left in the village and forced to procreate.
But Paymon, the assigned village demon, selects a different role for Athena, a role that pits her against the village. While she adapts to her new life, Erebus, a younger, more powerful demon, arrives, and Athena must play a dangerous game with his emotions in return for information about the demon’s reign of darkness.
As Athena’s dreams of restoring the light begin to fade, her life with Erebus takes an unexpected turn, and this time it’s her life being put to the test.
Set in the forest around Buttercrambe in North Yorkshire, England, INIQUITY explores the frightening, darker side of romance and the uncontrolled emotions it can unleash.
This was a new author for me, so was looking forward to reading this, and what a read it was!!
Set in 2056, demons ascended from below 13 years ago and the world is covered in darkness, life as we know it has returned to the Stoneage! When Athena turns 21, like all the girls in the village, she is judged by the demon ruling over her village as to her ‘job’ in life going forward, but the demon, Paymon, comes up with a proposition, her choice will decide the fate of herself and her village going forward.
This is a fantastic world that Melody has created, so well put together and so believable, and so very different to many of the stories out there. I loved the characters and their interactions, both Paymon and Erebus playing demons to a tee, before you realise there is actually more to them than meets the eye, or that you expect. Thoroughly enthralling, the story really pulled me in and I had real difficulty putting the book down. A great read, I would highly recommend it, and can’t wait for the next one in this series.
Growing up, Melody showed a natural ability in art, a head for maths, and a tendency to write too long English essays. Difficult to place in the world when she graduated, she pursued a career in teaching, but ended up working in finance. Melody is convinced the methodical times she spends working with numbers fuel her desire to drift into dream worlds and write about the illusory characters in her head.
Melody Winter lives in York, North Yorkshire, England with her husband and two sons. When not dealing with football, rugby, and a whole plethora of ‘boy’ activities, she will be found scribbling notes for her stories, or preparing for another trip to the nearby beaches at Scarborough and Whitby. With an obsession for anything mythical, Melody revels in reading and writing about such creatures.