Qui Tai, the Wolf-slayer, is the ruthless concubine of Petrov, the Devil, who is the leader of a band of werewolves who control crime in Ponong. When Qui Tai’s ex-lover is murdered, only her sworn enemy, the disgraced Thampurian Kyam Zul knows the identity of the killer. But Kyam will only reveal the name if Qui Tai promises to help him.
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.
While it ends with almost all of the loose ends tied up, the question of Qui Tai’s feelings for Kyam, and what becomes of him was left hanging, which was a bit disappointing, but not enough that it kept me from thoroughly enjoying the story that unfolded. A solid five-star story!