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(Originally published as The Rock Child.) Filled with drama and humor, the lore of American Indians and Tibetan Buddhists, and unforgettable characters, Of Love and Demons is a moving human story.Asie Taylor is a half-blood Indian raised by Mormons, a gifted musician and a sharp-tongued philosopher. Sun Moon is a Tibetan nun, kidnapped and sold into prostitution in California. Each is on the run--Asie toward his heritage and the secret of his name, Sun Moon from her captors, in particular the fanatical Destroying Angel of Mormondon, Porter Rockwell.The fate of these two innocents takes its strangest turn when they are thrown together with a man innocent of nothing, the scar-faced Nile explorer Sir Richard Burton who in 1862 is making his leisurely way across the American West.The journey of this remarkable trio, their footsteps dogged by the relentless Rockwell, ranges from Brigham Youngs Salt Lake City through the mining camps of the Comstock Lode in Nevada (where a reporter named Sam Clemens befriends them) is a dazzling tour-de-force adventure.“Win Blevins has done it again with Of Love and Demons. A wonderfully wild one which you don’t want to miss.” – Tony Hillerman“Win Blevins displays an antic imagination, not only in mingling actual and invented characters, but in melding gritty action-adventure and metaphysical musings.” Dale Wasserman, Author of Man of La Mancha“Win Blevins’ Of Love and Demons is a risqué And veritable romp through the history of the West. Highly enjoyable reading.” Clyde M. Hall, Shoshone-Bannock lecturer of Western and Native American History.From Kirkus ReviewsA colorful novel set among the Mormons in 1862, featuring such real folks as Sam Clemens, Sir Richard Burton, Brigham Young, and Porter Rockwell, by the author of Stone Song (1995), an imaginary life of Crazy Horse.Half-Indian Asie Taylor, a musical prodigy who has been accepted into the Church of the Latter-day Saints, drowns when his delivery wagon is overturned in a flash flood, has an out-of-body experience, returns to life, and is amazed to see hovering over him the scarred but beautiful face of Sun Moon, a Tibetan Buddhist nun who was kidnapped in Asia and shipped to America to be sold into prostitution. There, she ended up in Idaho, where Tarim, the local tavernkeeper/whoremaster who bought her, expected to resell her for a hefty sum.When Porter Rockwell, a Mormon known as the Destroying Angel (he seeks out and kills enemies of the church) wins Sun Moon, he attempts to satisfy his lust, is frustrated by his inability to do so, and disfigures her face. Having learned some English while storekeeping, Sun Moon flees Tarim and falls in with Asie, who decides to go in search of his origins and of the meaning of his Shoshone name, Rock Child. Meantime, Rockwell is in pursuit of Sun Moon, determined to kill her--and anyone who gets in his way.Tibetan-speaking British explorer/translator Sir Richard Burton, an opium addict of none-too-sound mind, whos in Salt Lake City to persuade Brigham Young to form a separate Western Confederacy, saves Asie and Sun Moon from Rockwell and joins their quest. For a while, Brigham Young gives them sanctuary from Rockwell, though Rockwell later follows the trio to San Francisco.The climax would satisfy the Buddha himself as his teachings resoundingly bring the murderous Rockwell to heel. Historical detail serves a charming treasure.From Library JournalBlevins, whose Stone Song (Tor, 1995) fictionalized the life of the legendary Crazy Horse, has stated his aim is to write mythic novels of the American West.