I absolutely love historical fiction and read a lot of it; I love to learn history this way. I also enjoy reading science fiction, fantasy, horror, thriller and non-fiction science.
Cain is a demon on Earth, bound to serve a powerful Warlock Mr. Warwick. Cain is often abused by Warwick and his older son, Lance. Warwick sends Cain on an errand to Los Angeles to bring back a girl that Lance thinks he has fallen in love with. Cain has a difficult time in L.A., and falls on using his skills to kill rats for people, until a woman tells him to go buy a guitar. Cain lands himself in a Metal band with some strange characters. The rest of his band mates have all been taken by a strange man called The Engineer, they were experimented on and given different powers. Cain also finds the girl he was sent to get, Michelle; only Michelle is now Cain's girlfriend and Michelle's father, Breen believes Cain's band turns people to Satan worship. Instead, Cain and the band would rather take down the Engineer.
This book had a very unique premise that got me interested and made me want to figure out what the heck was going on. It did take me a little while in the beginning to overcome the initial confusion with everyone's relationships and abilities. The explanations of demons, warlocks and magic usage come later and are leaked throughout the book. I also wanted to know why everyone thought a demon roaming around was so normal, but I guess for the music scene of Los Angeles in 1982 with plenty of drugs going around, some of this was normal. For a demon on Earth, Cain is not what I expected. He is a slave and tormented by his master and older son, but still can use magic of his own. Cain's personality is also affected since Warwick can delete his memories. It was interesting to me to find out about Cain's past and see the world through a demon's eyes as well as how the use of magic was built into the story. The driving factor of the story for me was the Engineer and how he was tied to Cain's band mates; however, at over 500 pages the story had a lot of rock-band shenanigans and took a while to get around to around to finding the Engineer.