The Demon Bride was an amazing book. Mary has been sucked through a strange portal and Gwain took off after her without consulting with anyone. He senses that she is something more that what she seems and is shocked to discover who she really is.
We get to meet a lot of new big players in this one - Abbadon, Archangel Michael, and some of the mysterious fae themselves. As prophecies begin to unfold and new ones are brought to life, the entire world as we know it is in for quite the wake up call - and Mary and Gwain seem to be at the heart of it all. Their romance is an interesting one that has been unfolding for far longer than anyone realizes. Their history and future is one of the most romantic things I've ever seen. And at the end I wanted to scream, cry, and cheer for them.
We can't forget about Elena and Karl, and Amy and Pueblo though. They all have an important part in the story as well. Amy has been feeling out of sorts since she was returned, and the reasons why are exciting and a little disconcerting. Her part of the story plays almost as important a role as our main characters.
Karl and Elena are on a mission to save Elena's mother from the Shanka realm. This is a more minor part of the story, but triggers many of the other events. I loved how Dianna Hardy keeps all the players in active roles throughout each book. We never have to really say good-bye to them at the end. There is a spin-off that is more of an urban fantasy that I just started, and I'm hoping that it can live up to the standard this book just set.