- Paperback: 110 pages
- Publisher: Ciara Ballintyne; 1 edition (August 24, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0992346606
- ISBN-13: 978-0992346607
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.2 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,783,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Confronting the Demon Paperback – August 24, 2013
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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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Top Customer Reviews
Not true with this story. Confronting the Demon is a well-written story and the characters are well-developed that you care very much about what happens to them in the story. My favorite part of this story is how she wrote the arrival of the demon. In most stories, a portal opens and a human sized demon walks out. In Ciara's story, you are amazed of the size of the demon just by the length of time it takes to bring itself in the mortal realm. Tendril after tendril comes through giving it enough leverage to finally pull itself through the opening. This is suspense at its finest! With all of the wizards, including Alloran and Gisayne, trying to keep the demon at bay while defeating the antagonist, Ladanyon. and closing the gate; there is a sense of fatigue that comes upon the reader when it's over. High praise for Ciara and her style of writing!
The additional story, A Magical Melody, was just as entertaining and well-written. I'd love to read more about both sets of characters from these two stories and look forward to more novels in the future.
“Confronting the Demon” tells the tale of the wizard Alloran, who is hiding out in the city of Ehsan after his once-friend Ladanyon framed him for summoning demons and murdering people. When a number of demon-murdered bodies start cropping up in his path, and his young girlfriend Giselle comes looking for him, Alloran must decide whether he is willing to risk his life and that of those around him to confront his enemy. Overall, I enjoyed the story a great deal, because it deals with a number of interesting themes. Alloran has chosen cowardice in his recent life, for legitimate reasons, and he must decide whether he is willing to take the risks necessary to be brave. This leads to a conflict that continued to hold my attention throughout the whole story.
In “A Magical Melody,” composer Avram must find a stolen piece of magical music that has the potential to do great harm to whoever has taken it if the magic gets out of control. I enjoyed this story even more than “Confronting the Demon,” probably at least in part because I have some background in music, and I enjoyed the idea of magical music. I don’t want to give any spoilers, but I liked how the theft highlighted the relationships that the unattractive Avram had with the women in his life.
Overall, I recommend both “Confronting the Demon” and “A Magical Melody” to anyone who enjoys thought-provoking fantasy stories.
Good Stuff: I enjoyed that each character was unique. Their attitudes and personalities were different from each other. You know how sometimes new authors make everyone sound alike? Well, you won't find that here. Each of these characters has their own voice and actions.
The Not So Good Stuff: The book was a slow start. There, I've said it. The first chapter was hard for me. I like a challenging read, I hate being spoon fed the storyline, yet I still felt like the first chapter could have used polishing to make clear who was what, where in the heck we were, and what was happening. It was hard to get my footing that first chapter. After that...WOW. I was running right along with the characters.
Great book, I highly recommend.