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"...fast-paced and enthralling. I was amazed by how swiftly I got caught up in Alloran's situation. The author uses just the right combination of description and action to get her readers immersed in her fantasy world, causing them to hit the ground running along with the beleaguered wizard. I was surprised and thrilled by how much I was enjoying reading Confronting the Demon. Ballintyne's work shows flashes of inspiration from Robert E. Howard's sword and sorcery stories.... an accomplished and impressive debut offering, and it is most highly recommended." - Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

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.

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  • File Size: 369 KB
  • Print Length: 112 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Ciara Ballintyne; 1st edition (January 5, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 5, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FF8NY3C
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #978,917 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dii TOP 500 REVIEWER on 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 By Dr. S. Drecker on 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 By Julianna Bella Doerres Ma/Ed on 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
Confronting the Demon
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Just A. Reader on 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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