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Demon's Daughter: A Cursed Novel (Volume 1) Paperback – June 1, 2015
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Amy is a Canadian urban fantasy and horror author. Her work revolves around monsters, magic, mythology, and mayhem. She started writing in her early teens, and never stopped. She loves building unique worlds filled with fun characters and intense action. She has been featured on various author blogs and publishing websites, is an active member of the Writing GIAM community, participates in NaNoWriMo, and is the recipient of April Moon Books Editor Award for "author voice, world-building and general bad-assery." When she isn't writing, she's reading, watching movies, taking photos, gaming, and struggling with chocoholism and ice cream addiction. Amy's current work includes various short stories such as Hotel Hell, Call From The Grave, the full length novels Cursed: Demon’s Daughter and Path of the Horseman, and the novella Needfire. She has short stories in various anthologies such as Lost Sky in Avast, Ye Airships!, Secret Suicide in That Hoodoo, Voodoo, That You Do, Bring Back The Hound in Stomping Grounds, Charlatan Charade in Lost in the Witching Hour, and her award winning short Dark Intentions And Blood in AMOK! Amy can be found online through her frequently updated blog, Literary Braun (literarybraun.blogspot.ca), as well as on Twitter (@amybraunauthor) and Facebook (facebook.com/amybraunauthor).
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These are the things that humans do. Even the demons, as debauched as they are – and Constance knows all about demons – aren’t this depraved. No, it takes humans to commit these atrocities. But Connie will protect her sister, Andromeda, no matter the cost. Even if the cost is working as an enforcer for the Espanis de Sangre – The Blood Thorns – the most brutal, vicious cartel to ever ooze out of Mexico. But now Connie and Dro are on the run, not only from The Blood Thorns, but from the demons who are Ddetermined to have Dro, no matter the price.
Constance was four, the daughter of destitute Mexican immigrants who fled across the border with a price on their heads – a price set by the Blood Thorns – when she found Andromeda as a tiny baby, abandoned by a stream. Connie gained a sister, and someone to care for. Pale, white-blond Dro, who grows more beautiful every day, is Connie’s life, and she will protect her no matter the cost. Even if it means their life is lived poor, starving and on the run, stealing and fighting for survival. Connie is a weapon. Hard, harsh, untrusting, and absolutely brutal in the protection of her sister. The demons are coming from every direction, and there is no one to turn to. Until they meet Mannie and Max, and a picture begins to appear. Will the dusty town of Amarillo, Texas be their final stand?
The atrocities, savagery and utter evil of humankind, the brutality of demons, the utter soulless disregard for anyone but themselves of the angels – sanctimonious, holier-than-thou, mid-Victorian era Fops, refusing to get their lily-white fingers dirty – unless someone can be twisted to their advantage.
“The archangels would be saving your world. Collateral damage is irrelevant.”
“God is love”. Yea, right. In what universe? Certainly not this one.
“Why do demons want to kill her and angels want to protect her? It can’t simply be because of what she is. The angels never cared enough to stop any demons from chasing us.”
But they are more than willing to slaughter innocents if it means they get what they want. Amy Braun doesn’t wield a pen, so much as a microscopic laser scalpel, slicing away the shroud of what humanity would like to be seen as, to reveal the rotting essence of blackness, the vile intent inherent in every entity from the church’s beliefs in what constitutes ‘goodness’, who would damn a child to the pits of hell for doing everything she could to save the life of an innocent, to the actions of humans who would put the most vile of christian ‘demons’ to shame.
Art courtesy of J.M. Darhour, from his book “Extinguish“. All rights reserved. Click the art to go to the site.
“Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.” – Blaise Pascal
I first ‘met’ Amy when I was asked to read “Path of the Horseman” and absolutely fell in LOVE with her writing.
“Amazing inventions, colossal failures, and countless wars. We watched it behind the scenes. Watched the monkeys from beyond the glass. We were intrigued, Hell was amused, and Heaven was losing patience.
Finally, the monkeys threw too much s*** on the windows. They sparked a third World War, one that the Big Boss upstairs knew would obliterate the world.
So he sent us instead. We were much more effective. We were much more eager.” – Avery, The Rider Pestilence
Only the Second Coming never came, and the Four Horsemen were stuck there with a few demons, the Plagued, the Soulless, and devastation all around. A wonderful analogy for so many things wrong with this world, and religion in particular. Amy has done it again with Demon’s Daughter. She rips the shields off of faith, humanity, and reality and shows the pus and rot within. It. Was. AWESOME. For until we lance he boils, the wounds can’t heal. And walking blindly will never allow any of us to see the light of the real truth – the truth that says, until we grow beyond our greed, hatred, and superstitions we have no hope of avoiding total destruction of not only humanity, but the Earth and all her beauty.
“The difference between a saint and a hypocrite is that one lies for his religion, the other by it.” – Minna Antrim
Amy Braun doesn’t write for the foppish, the blindly religious, or the weak of heart. She rips apart sanctimony and blind faith, setting sunlight to darkness. She is one brave author, who can go toe-to-toe with the greats of both modern and ancient literature. She shines the light of truth, and blast the consequences – and I love her for it.
I received Amy Braun’s Demon’s Daughter in exchange for a realistic review.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND HER WORK. I can’t speak highly enough of her writing, and I can’t WAIT for the next.
I was loving this book. It was amazing, great story, great characters, great sisterly love, even good romance. Then Lucifer won, it turned into a series and Warrick acted like a jerk with Constance (just for the sake of keeping things on a thread for the next books). That ruined it for me. The author would have done so good with a stand alone book...
I know not everyone agrees, but I think it ruins the romance when one of the two behaves like this, so it ruined the book for me. Don't think I'll pick up the next one. But if you don't mind that, you'll enjoy it and probably look up for the next.
Just get ready for Constance to get damaged a lot!
So basically this is a female version of the television show Supernatural, except much darker (yes, I know, hard to do right?) A girl will do anything to save her younger sister, who has strange powers they don’t understand, with no other family, while demons are on their trail, yet they help others along the way and avoid the police. Sounds familiar, at least to me who is a die-hard Supernatural fanatic. I see the correlation, but I don’t mean it as a negative and the book is different enough to be its own story but the underlying plot resounds.
The story starts right in the middle of action, with Dru being on fire and then a demon attack, so the reader is thrown into the battle instantly. There are moments of memories/flashbacks used as tool to explain how Constance and Dru came to this point in their lives, but it is slow to reveal the connection. Constance is the main character of the book and is willing to hurt others to save her sister, even though at times she is slightly afraid of Dru (or at least what she can do and the uncertainty of who she is). Constance was not the most likeable or relatable of characters, full of anger and guilt towards herself yet really unyielding and moody. At times her anxiety and paranoia come through, which is very believable with what she has experienced, I guess.
The book had plenty of twists to keep me on my toes and questions that were raised and not fully answered by the end of the book. The subject matter is very dark, like I mentioned before, talking all kinds of tortures, murder, rape, drugs, killing demons, the messy/disturbing aspects of exorcisms, gore everywhere…just to name a few topics that were not easy to speed through. This is the first in a trilogy, so I guess I will have to read more to find out what will happen next.
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I will be also leaving a review on Goodreads @ Amazon.
And letting everyone know about it.
So i gave it a 5 Stars.
Author: Amy Braun
Genre: NA Urban Fantasy
Thoughts: Wow, this just...Read more
Urban Fantasies such as Demon's Daughter may or may not be my new favorite novel.Read more
Angels vs. Demons? Yes, please.
Constance and her "sister" Andromeda are in big trouble.Read more
This book was a quick read, and was pretty interesting.Read more