Review – Dark Horse

Dark Horse book cover


Dark Horse


A Demon’s Guide to the Afterlife #1


Kel Carpenter & Aurelia Jane


Reverse Harem


My husband killed me.
Instead of spending my immortal Afterlife pissed off and angry, I moved on. I became someone.
Sure, that someone was a demon with the highest track record of reform, AKA punishment, in Hell. But who’s bragging?
I’m right on my way to retirement behind the pearly gates. Everything was going fine . . . until the Risk Witches saw a terrible vision.
Three men. Each scarred in their own way, born with powers that haven’t been seen in eons.
Upper Management sent the best to correct their path. Angels. Poltergeists. Nothing worked.
These men were too stubborn. Too bad. Too untamed…
So they sent me.

Roman. Ezra. Dorian.
Combined, they have enough power to end the world—and they will.
Unless I find a way to stop them first.

Breaking people is my job. But this time…my job might break me.


4stars rating

This was such a fun and entertaining read! 😀


Yes, there is an Afterlife (the angels and demons), though normal humans and supes (the vamps, shifters, witches and fae) can’t know about it.
The story is set in present-day Houston (which apparently in July is pretty damn humid) and has a very urban fantasy vibe.
We learned alongside Fury how everything is run in the present day and a few things here and there about each of the supernatural races.
All scenes were well detailed and described, even when we moved around a lot and had to acclimate to new environments fast.

Character development:

I think many people will either love or hate Fury. Lucky for me, I absolutely love her. She has great humour, knows when to compromise and when enough is enough. She could be my alter ego (if my alter ego was a ‘kicking ass and taking names’ demon). While she is absolutely not a damsel in distress, she knows when to ask for help, except Hades 😀 She really doesn’t like Hades…
Talking about Hades… Kel, Aurelia, please point me to the nearest location/witch where I can get my own? Thank you! 😉
The men, Roman, Ezra and Dorian are so very different, with each their own tragic pasts that very much colours how they treat Fury (with some very entertaining situations as result). We don’t know super much about them (yet), but they are well fleshed out and feel real and believable.
Side characters are well thought out and aren’t just fillers, they all have a part to play and as such have meaning.

Pacing & Flow:

Well, I read it in one go 😀
A lot happened, yes, but it didn’t feel rushed at all. Great balance between all the conversations and the action to keep the story moving forward.

The book itself:

The book itself was well written with no (noticeable) errors. And yes, there is sex described (if that is important to you).
The book is 420 pages long, spread over 43 chapters and is told from different points of view (Fury, Roman, Ezra and Dorian).

Final Thoughts:

I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy of this book and all in all I really liked it. It was a fun and entertaining read, I pretty much devoured it haha.
I actually liked it a lot that the emphasis wasn’t on the men, but on completing Fury’s mission. There is romance, I mean, it’s a reverse harem what did you expect, but it just felt like the focus was on Fury.