Paul Stone's devastation at witnessing a van smash into his best friend, Kris Reed, is compounded when Paul himself, checking on his maimed bestie, is sideswiped by a second car. He wakes up from a three-day coma, but Kris unfortunately dies. So it's perfectly natural that Paul assumes he's hallucinating when he later sees Kris watching TV. Kris, however, is there, a Guide for Paul, who as it happens is a Walker. Paul can cross between worlds, retaining his human life while also destroying demons--little red, horned beasts invisible to humans and feeding off individuals' fear and negativity. Paul has help from Guide Kris (mostly providing information) as well as a healing ability and a special pocket watch that counts down to impending demon encounters. But something bigger is at play: Walkers are turning up dead, the only capable killers being God or another Walker. Paul teams up with a moderately good devil (devil's not synonymous with demon), seeking assistance from both heaven and hell. But who knows what will transpire if Paul's really the Stone Walker, prophesied to wage war on all demons and devils. While much of the story focuses on Paul learning about tales of angels and demons in conflict, the new Walker does engage in fisticuffs with demons and a few other things. The mystery of murdered Walkers wraps up in a satisfying, rapid-paced final act with bloody battles and a surprise or two. Contrarily, multiple chapters devoted to a character named Mason, who was driving one of those vehicles at the beginning, seem disconnected. The plotlines are indisputably linked, with Mason having his own demon. But his story too often veers into lengthy, uneventful scenes, like discussing music/musicians with potential lover/band mate Sarah, while his coda is weirdly ambiguous. Some of the main plot elements Norry (Zombie Zero: The First Zombie, 2016, etc.) leaves dangling, including the idea of an Original Demon. But the blistering cliffhanger ending makes clear that the author's setting the stage for subsequent series entries.
Takes time to find its footing, but a promising start for a sure-to-be epic tale of combative worlds. -- Kirkus Reviews
READER'S FAVORITE REVIEW
Demons & Angels by J.K. Norry is a supernatural/paranormal fiction and the first book in the Walking Between Worlds series. Demons & Angels will appeal most to an audience made up of young adults and adults who enjoy exploring different angles of the supernatural and the paranormal. The story follows main character Paul as his life is changed forever when he learns the secrets of the hidden world between worlds. However, his entrance into this new world and way of living may mean losing the one person he truly loves forever.
Demons & Angels (Walking Between Worlds Book 1) by J.K. Norry reminds me of a mix between the TV show Supernatural and the movie Green Lantern. The settings remind me of Supernatural with the whole heaven and hell angle, while the main character, Paul, reminds me a bit of Hal Jordan in the Green Lantern with how both of their lives are changed and they gain new weapons. I have to say that I truly enjoyed reading Demons & Angels by J.K. Norry once I was able to rationalize it as just fiction and separate religion from it. The dialogues were all well written and the scenes blended together nicely in a way that did not leave any plot holes.