Dana reviews Devil at the Crossroads (Deal With the Devil series book 1) by Cornelia Grey (Published by Riptide Publishing, September 13, 2013, 72 pages)
Why I read this: We received the arc for the second book in this series, but I decided to review book one first. Conveniently I had already purchased it and had wanted to read this author for a while.
The devil covets more than his soul….
Six years ago, Logan Hart sold his soul to the devil to become the greatest bluesman of all time — and now the devil has come to collect.
The irony is that Logan squandered his gift. High on fame, money, and drugs, he ignored his muse and neglected his music. And despite escaping showbiz in a moment of clarity, it’s too late to redeem himself. All that’s left is to try to go out with some dignity. Alas, the prospect of an eternity in Hell isn’t helping much with that goal.
But Farfarello, the devil who bought Logan’s soul, isn’t ready to drag him down to Hell quite yet. He’s just spent six years working his ass off to whip a bluesman into shape, and he refuses to let that—or the opportunity for more sinful pleasures with Logan — go to waste.
Devil at the Crossroads is a very quick read. There isn’t a lot of content, however, I felt like this book left me with lingering thoughts when it was over. In my opinion, it was well written, and I am looking forward to reviewing the next book in the series if it is anything like this one.
The story is told in a now and then format, flashing back from Logan’s reckoning to the time he first made the deal with the devil and a couple of other moments in between. Following in the footsteps of urban legends, Logan makes a deal with Farfarello to become a famous and wealthy blues musician. He was seeking to escape a job and lifestyle that had killed his father before his time. I can understand Logan’s needs to get out of that situation, and music is already an escape for him.
But be careful what you wish for. The deal Logan makes isn’t necessarily the one that will bring him real happiness either. The constant pressures of fame have him wasting his gifts for the six year time frame in a haze of sex and drugs. When Farfarello comes to claim his prize, Logan has nothing to show for the deal. In the end, the bargain he made wasn’t quite what he thought it was going to be, either.
There is a little bit of sex in this story and I marked it as bisexual because Logan seems to have no preference of who he is with. It’s definitely not a romance, though there may be a possible devil with benefits relationship between Logan and Farfarello going forward from this story. I didn’t really feel a sense of evil coming from the “bad guy” of this story, especially since he seems to really want Logan to succeed. It made me question the ideas of good and evil as the world knows it. I am curious where the author will take the other stories in this series, especially as they contain a lot more pages.
For a short read that might make the reader think, I definitely recommend Devil at the Crossroads.
8/10 Pots of Gold (80% Recommended) – Compares to 4/5 Stars
Cornelia Grey is a creative writing student fresh out of university, with a penchant for fine arts and the blues. Born and raised in the hills of Northern Italy, where she collected her share of poetry and narrative prizes, she is now based in London, and she is thoroughly enjoying the cultural melting pot that is the City.
Her interests vary from painting to photography, from sewing to acting; when writing, she favors curious, surreal poems and short stories involving handsome young men seducing each other.
After graduating with top grades, she is now busy with internships – literary agencies, publishing houses, and creative departments handling book series, among others. She also works as a freelance translator.
You can contact Cornelia at firstname.lastname@example.org.