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City of Demons Paperback – July 25, 2012
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"City of Demons is a terrific debut novel. Lock the doors before you set out on this journey... You will not put it down again." ~Alison Acheson, author of Molly's Cue
"City of Demons is a fast-paced page turner of a fantasy novel, with rich characters, vivid, evocative settings and a deep vein of universal truth." ~Wendy Phillips, Governor General's Literary Award winning author of Fishtailing
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Top Customer Reviews
I loved this story - there was a good balance of character development- action - and mystery that kept me engaged.
The idea behind the need for the bands is quite interesting - although it was never explained why the demons and dragons stay in one area. And hence why it was so unusual when the demon ventured to the midlands
I was bit taken a back as the relationship between Salik and Garic moved as it seemed to jump stages but this was small and I loved the progression of the story.
Rather than one twist taking the entire book to unravel there were multiple twists and non demon battles to fight and I liked how they were resolved.
I look forward to more works by this author!!
The tale begins when we meet Garet, he is a young sheep herder, who lives on a small farm with his family. He loves his mom and his little sister but he lives in fear of his abusive father and manipulative brothers. Garet dreams of escaping. As he watches the herds he dreams about the cities he has never seen and wonders what the roads are paved of. A need to protect his mother and baby sister, keep him from running away. One evening his life is forever changes when his family is attacked by a demon. As his father and brothers cower in fear, young Garet finds he is able to resist "demon fear" and slays the demon. When it's discovered he has this rare talent, he is taken to the city of Shirath. Here he trains to become a Demonbane. He he is schooled in combat, demon lore, and how to resist the demon's physic power. The tale that unfolds was breathtakingly beautiful, had depth and characters I came to adore.
Garet has led a simple, mostly miserable life on a small farm. Until his journey begins he has never left his home. Viewing the world through his eyes was simplistic, beautiful and fascinating. He is bright, brave and inquisitive. He absorbs the world around him, questions everything and sees the world with an understanding beyond his years. While he is excited by all around him, a part of him yearns for his mother, sister and the open fields of his farm. The town's people were fascinating and colorful.Read more ›
The book seems to be written for teen audience (age of protagonists, easy read, etc), and I am happy that this book has no clumsy sex scenes (that some other novice fantasy authors try to produce), only a bit of youthful romance and puppy love. You'll find the book an easy and fast read, and I'm sure you'll wish there were more books in this universe (there is only the aforementioned short story Marick and the Rat Demon - a good but short read itself).
I read this book in the Gods and Dragons anthology available on Amazon - a very good value if you haven't read some of the books in the collection.
Demons breed fear in any humans they come near, then feed off that fear to make themselves strong. Now there is a new demon, the type of which has never been seen before, as well as political intrigue within the king's court. Only the demonbane can protect mankind, but the demonbane have their own in-house fighting to sort out before they can save the city.
Garet has a natural ability when it comes to fighting demons and he picks up knowledge at a phenomenal rate which pleases some of his masters, but angers others.
This book reminded me of David Eddings fantasy series. The author has taken a great deal of trouble to ensure the continuity of the story is correct. The planet is well thought out and I felt as if I could step across the dimensions and be at home there. I saw no editing errors at all and the story locked together superbly. Can you tell I really enjoyed this book?
I love fantasy books but haven't read one of this quality for some time. There is a little bit of romance in it, but the fighting of demons and Garet's emergence from a gawky country boy to a young man skilled in the fighting of demons is the mainstay of the book. I could go on and on about how I liked it, but that wouldn't necessarily encourage a fantasy reader to try it. I will say if you like fantasy, you shouldn't miss this one. Take the plunge and give it a try. It will knock your socks off!
Originally posted at LAS Sci-Fi/Fantasy Reviews
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A well written YA fantasy of a boy discovering his path to becoming the man his father was not while developing his skill as a demon killer. Read morePublished 20 days ago by BC1130
Every now and then you come across a book and wonder "will someone but the film rights for this? Read morePublished 4 months ago by GrowBoy
Great start of a series. Hopefully soon? It is very nice to see true character development, and there are many rich characters in this book. Pleasant read.Published 16 months ago by Robyn Nixon
What an excellent story. Fast paced, kept pulling you right along. Well developed characters that had you caring about them from the very start. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Starleaf
I don't know what kind of standard might have driven those other reviewers to speak so highly of this book, but it's not very good. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Ryan m rennekamp
My review is 4 stars out of 5. Enjoyable book, interesting concept, but with a few flaws.
I was struck by parts of the story that were similar to the "Harry Potter"... Read more