The Demon in the Basement by Anastasia Rabiyah

Forbidden Publications


Reviewed by Patrice F.



Emmeís parents are gone.  All of her memories of her mother are good, yet the same could not be said of her father, a brutal man bent on crushing his possessions.  Now that sheís inherited his home, she has stumbled upon a forgotten treasure hidden away in the basement:  a demon.  Starved, emaciated and broken, she cares for the much weakened Nazan, helping to restore his strength in order to free him.  Emme holds dear to her motherís teachings to harm no creature, which is why no matter what she feels for Nazan, she must help him regain all that he has lost.

Nazan covets Emme, her warmth and gentleness, her love.  She will not be rid of him so easily, not when he knows they are meant to be and that she needs him as much as he needs her.

Anastasia Rabiyah once again explores the mystical bond and transcendent lines of love between mortal and immortal, damnation and salvation, good and evil in a manner that is richly vibrant.  She revisits the Old Testament to create an original tale lush with erotic imagery and divine symbolism. 

I wasnít sure what to expect when I started reading The Demon in the Basement, and once I dived in, it didnít disappoint.  The revelations in each scene are perfectly timed to the mesmerizing pace the author has set.  Emme and Nazan complement one another against the backdrop of encroaching darkness.  What Iíve found, much to my delight, is that in all the tales Iíve read by this writer Love is redemption.  For that reason, this tale like many of her other works, carries a supple and profound beauty that is timeless and universal.


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