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Reviewed by Brenda Casto for Readers' Favorite
Devlin's Curse by Lady Brenda takes readers on a mind bending journey to Virginia City, Nevada during 1877 where something evil lurks within the tunnels of the Gilded Bird gold mine, a place where most men fear to go and often don't make it out alive. Devlin Winter has come to town to try to eradicate that evil, but when his path crosses with Esmeralda Jones he finds himself longing for normalcy, something that he can never have. There is one person who wants to embrace the evil that lurks within the mine and will do anything in order to accomplish his goal. What occurs is a battle of evil that leaves one wondering what the cost of winning against this age old evil might be.
Lady Brenda pens a unique tale like none I have encountered before with Devlin's Curse! I am a huge fan of western tales and when you add the paranormal elements of vampires, wendigos, and an age old evil demon to the mix - along with an amazing love story that spans time - well, you get just a brief idea of what makes Devlin's Curse so fantastic! Lady Brenda allows readers to see the story unfolding through the eyes of more than one character, which makes for a rich telling full of vivid imagery. This is a multi-layered story that flows smoothly from the pages, grabbing the imagination. The slow reveal of who or what the characters were added a suspenseful element. Honestly, though there were plenty of suspenseful elements, there were some 'edge of your seat' type of scenes where the twists provided kept me guessing about who would make it out alive!
I found myself drawn into the story of Devlin and Esmeralda and wondered about the past that was hinted at. When their story was finally revealed, it was greater than any I could have imagined. I, for one, was hooked within the first few pages of the story and remained captivated until the last page. I really find myself hoping the author provides a sequel because I think that Devlin and Esmeralda's tale is far from finished!