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Confronting the Demon (The Seven Circles of Hell Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Ciara Ballintyne
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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Book Description

For lovers of Jacqueline Carey, Brent Weeks and Storm Constantine - fantasy with mystery, romance and a paranormal twist.

The powerful wizard, Alloran, lurks in the stinking muck of the back alleys of the city of Ehsan. Posing as a common labourer, he struggles to hide from his lover, his best friend, the authorities – and his past.

But beneath the garbage of the backstreets he discovers a new horror: a trail of gruesome bodies, gnawed on by demons, and left gift-wrapped for him to find. Someone is brutally murdering people from his past, and threatening to finish with his lover, Gisayne. What dark secret from Alloran's youth cripples his ability to fight back?

In a world where hellcats stalk the shadows, and a flaming demon lays waste to the citadel of the wizards, Alloran must risk losing himself to a powerful addiction, or abandon Gisayne to hell.

Also including bonus story 'A Magical Melody'.

When a lethal spell is stolen from a locked and warded room, Avram must hunt down the thief before the song of power buries a city of innocents beneath a thousand tonnes of ice.

Praise for CONFRONTING THE DEMON

“Ballintyne is a masterful storyteller who manages to get you caught up in the book almost instantaneously... I actually enjoyed a good fantasy novel that didn’t take days and days to read, but still offered the opportunity to get caught up in its world and story.” - Tracy Riva, Global eBook Awards Judge http://tracyriva.com/

"This story wasn't quite what I expected; it was better! The first pages surprised me, reminding strongly of THE WAY OF SHADOWS by Brent Weeks (the scenes, setting and story feel). I was immediately drawn in." - Dr. S. Drecker

“Ballintyne gives wonderful descriptions and I found myself becoming lost in the magic of her words in a picturesque world with every turned page” - Bella Doerres

“The power-packed action will leave you breathless and the eerie suspense will make you chomp on your own nails, beware!” - Satarupa, Curse of the Bibliphile http://curseofthebibliophile.blogspot.in/

“With imagination and detail that paints a full scene for the mind’s eye, Ciara takes us on a short but exciting journey into a world of magic, love and demons from hell.“ - Miranda Wood of DustyKatt’s Stuff Reviews http://dustykatt.blogspot.ca/

"Ciara Ballintyne magically packs action, intrigue, love and fear into a very short, but intense and dark read! Her writing is crisp, she gets to the point and creates scenes that rolled past my "mental screen" in vivid detail."- Dii Amazon TOP 1000 REVIEWER

"I will be recommending this to all my paranormal addicts." - Leanne Herrera

"...classic epic fantasy elements that would make Robert E. Howard happy." - M Joseph Murphy

"An interesting blend of the paranormal in high fantasy." - A. Taylor

"The World that Ciara Ballintyne has created is fully realized and the characters have depth and substance. This is a book that will suck you in and not let you go. Even after you have finished the last page you will be craving more." - im1Rarebird

"The pace is phenomenal not only because it is fast and keeps the plot moving forward but because there is such a wealth of information in so few words! I could've read more and more for hours and hours, but Ballintyne wraps it all up in one suspenseful, tidy package." - A_TiffyFit, http://tiffyfit.blogspot.com.au/


Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Ciara Ballintyne was born in 1981 in Sydney, Australia, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, one masochistic cat, and one cat with a god complex. She holds degrees in law and accounting, and has been a practising financial services lawyer since 2004. She is both an idealist and a cynic. She started reading epic fantasy at the age of nine, when she kidnapped Castle of Wizardry by David Eddings from her father. Another two years passed before she began her first attempts at the craft of writing. Confronting the Demon is her debut book. She enjoys horse-riding, and speculation about taking over the world. If she could choose to be anything it would be a dragon, but instead she shares more in common with Dr. Gregory House of House. M.D.

Product Details

  • File Size: 259 KB
  • Print Length: 112 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0992346606
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Ciara Ballintyne; 1st edition (January 5, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FF8NY3C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #662,209 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy to Get Lost In! Short but Satisfying! September 26, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
When a powerful wizard discovers his best friend has betrayed him out of jealousy, he is forced to perform dark magic or lose everyone he has ever cared about as the gates of hell are opened and the world is in danger. When past loves are being brutally and methodically murdered by demons brought forth with the help of his stolen tome of spells, Alloran must overcome his reticence to believe what is before his very eyes to save the woman he truly loves. Will he be strong enough? Will he be in time? Is he willing to pay the price that will be asked of him?

Confronting the Demon by Ciara Ballintyne magically packs action, intrigue, love and fear into a very short, but intense and dark read! Her writing is crisp, she gets to the point and creates scenes that rolled past my "mental screen" in vivid detail. The conflict has that "sinister-dark" feel, but the romance balances that out with moments of lightness and even humor! A lot of story for those "not a lot of time, but I want to read" times!

In a special bonus short story, A Magical Melody, the sheet music to a magically enhanced piece is missing on the night it was to played in concert. Avram, the composer may have been deceived by a beautiful woman in a moment of passion. Will his weakness bring down another ice age on the world?

The banter (and mental dialogue) between the two main characters has a touch of humor and snark that was entertaining as they attempt to head off a possible disaster.

I received a review edition in exchange for my honest review from the author!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Super Short Trip into an Amazing World September 27, 2013
Format:Paperback
This story wasn't quite what I expected; it was better! The first pages surprised me, reminding strongly of THE WAY OF SHADOWS by Brent Weeks (the scenes, setting and story feel). I was immediately drawn in and found myself having to concentrate not to miss a beat in the quickly developing plot.

The world built here is intricate and complex. It has the feeling of a full-fledged novel concentrated as tight as possible into a novella. A little voice in the back of my head wished (during the first few sections) the background would have been fleshed out into part of the story. There was so much to dive into and part of me felt a little cheated not having the opportunity to join the scenes leading up to the rest. I loved Alloran right away and would have gladly shared his journey from earlier on.

The pace greatly slows down when Alloran's past girlfriend shows up. Like Alloran she's a likable character - spunky, beautiful and has enough flaws to make her realistic and enjoyable. Although there is definitely a romance going on here, it blends into the rest of the story well and doesn't overpower the plot. The action and tension remain strong the whole way through, which kept me turning the pages. Yep, I read this in one sitting with my hubs wanting to know when I'd finally be done - but I couldn't leave Alloran. Nope.

I really enjoyed reading this and will read it again and maybe again. There were a few spots where things suddenly jumped, which I had to read again to keep up - and this especially clashed with the one or two moments where Alloran sulked a little too long (the pace could use a little smoothing out), but I still hope Ciara builds this out into a novel someday because I love the world and all the mysteries behind Alloran. This felt like a sweet, tantalizing sample of an amazing meal.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Confronting the Demon September 26, 2013
Format:Paperback
Confronting the Demon
By Ciara Ballintyne

Alloran, a man of mystery, a sorcerer, a controller of demons, and hunted for his life. With such a man you would think he would run and never look back but Alloran is also a man of honor. When it is found out he practices the dark arts and seeks to control demons deaths occur. He runs for his life and hides within plain sight until the messages start. The delivery of bodies of those he was close to opens up his visibility and vulnerability and he finds himself almost a captive until he is helped by the one he loves. Will she be able to help him uncover the plot to destroy him and the world of magic? You will have to read this exciting tale and find out.
Ballintyne gives wonderful descriptions and I found myself becoming lost in the magic of her words in a picturesque world with every turned page. From the hellcats to the creature like Legion the demonic is called forth by his enemy to destroy Alloran and his beloved. Read to see if he can truly control the demon realm and find out who has the strongest magic and what price has to be paid.
This is a tale I will read again. Join Alloran in Confronting the Demon.

Bella Doerres 9/26/2013
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Swift Read September 27, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I read the kindle version and enjoyed the story and the writing. I do know Ciara so this is not a formal review. . . more of a happy turn of events being able to recommend the book. I don't read many fantasy novels (except for some of the big icons in the field like The Lord of the Rings, most of The Wheel of Time series) so this novella was a delight because it beat every expectation . . . If you like fantasy, you'll enjoy this short novella. It has some gruesome descriptions of the remains left after hellcats and bad wizards happen to good people and a suspenseful set-up with bold confrontations; the characters are interesting (need more tales in this world) and the narrative kept me reading to the end in one sitting.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Did someone say Demons?
I came across the author Ciara Ballintyne as I was searching on Goodreads for another author. What did I notice about her first.... that she was Australian. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Barbara Shuler
4.0 out of 5 stars for that I happily blame Kim Harrison and the Hollows Series
I came across the author Ciara Ballintyne as I was searching on Goodreads for another author. What did I notice about her first.... that she was Australian. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Barbara Shuler
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommend!
The main character, Alloran, is a wizard on the run. As he pushes through the very unique challenges and dangers facing him, he manages to still be a "regular" man,... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Caroline A. Slee
5.0 out of 5 stars A finely written story!
I've known Ciara via social media for several months now and have always enjoyed her writing tips. When "Confronting the Demon" came out, I wanted to see just how good she... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Christopher Mentzer
4.0 out of 5 stars What a fantastic read!
You know what I appreciate about Confronting the Demon almost more than anything else? That it is geared toward a mature adult reader. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Michael Melville
4.0 out of 5 stars Original Fantasy
Author Ciara Ballintyne has created an original fantasy world. I found the characters and their magic a powerful sensation. Read more
Published 12 months ago by B. Ditmars
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking fantasy
“Confronting the Demon” contains two stories, a novella of the same name and a short story called “A Magical Melody. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Elizabeth Corrigan
4.0 out of 5 stars Short but interesting.
Confronting the Demon is an impressive debut fantasy novella that feels as though it's part of a larger body of work. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Samantha Sabovitch
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome short read!
First of all I would like to thank Ciara Ballintyne for letting me read and review her awesome book! Im not much of a short story reader but I loved this story. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Ally
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read packed with intrigue - love it.
Confronting The Demon was my awesome travel companion while abroad. Too awesome in fact, that I almost missed my trains a few times wanting to finish reading the scenes I was... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Lydia Kurnia
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Ciara Ballintyne was born in 1981 in Sydney, Australia, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, one masochistic cat, and one cat with a god complex. She holds degrees in law and accounting, and has been a practising financial services lawyer since 2004. She is both an idealist and a cynic.

She started reading epic fantasy at the age of nine, when she kidnapped Castle of Wizardry by David Eddings from her father. Another two years passed before she began her first attempts at the craft of writing. Confronting the Demon is her debut book.

She enjoys horse-riding, and speculation about taking over the world. If she could choose to be anything it would be a dragon, but instead she shares more in common with Dr. Gregory House of House. M.D.

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