Walking Between Worlds: Demons & Angels, Book 1 Paperback – December 2, 2014
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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
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.
About the Author
- Publisher : Sudden Insight Publishing (December 2, 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 270 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0990728021
- ISBN-13 : 978-0990728023
- Item Weight : 14.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.68 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #8,269,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This story is not your typical angel and demon plot. It has an intriguing, creative twist that definitely keeps things interesting. I especially liked how the author didn’t portray all angels as inherently good and all demons as utterly evil. With the author’s descriptive style, each scene is painted in such detail that you have no trouble seeing it unfold in your mind. There were some unexpected twists and the action is done well, providing a nice balance to the drama as Paul must adjust to his new life. I enjoyed Paul’s character and that of his guide, Chris. Far less, the sections told through the POV of Mason. For me, the long detailed descriptions of his band and his relationship with Sarah were difficult to get through. I enjoyed them at first. Then I began to feel like they interrupted the flow and didn’t really need to be there. The story, told from Paul’s POV, was solid and interesting, and more than strong enough to stand on its own without the slow-down effect of the interludes into Mason’s life. That being said, the writing itself was stellar. There were some lines I went back and read again just because they were that good.
The tension revolving around Paul and his new job as a walker built well throughout, but it really ratcheted up in the last quarter of the book. As the stakes increased, so did the pace, complimenting each other all the way to an unexpected (whoa-did-that-just-happen?!?) cliffhanger of an ending. It left me more than curious to see where this inventive supernatural series goes to next!
One of my literary weaknesses are books depicting battles between angels and demons. The timeless battle of good versus evil is one of my favorite things to read. My own guilty pleasure, if you will. By agreeing to read and review Walking Between Worlds, I was excited to be adding to my collection. Too bad I was disappointed.
I've read the few reviews that are out there concerning this book. Those that have read it so far have seemed to enjoy it, especially the characters. I found the characters lacking. Granted, this is the first book of the series and a precursor to future events so there may be things developing in these characters that isn't evident in this book. The characters just seemed to be one-dimensional. I didn't relate to any of them. I wasn't interested in getting to know more about any of them. Apparently, all the main guys in this book have hot girlfriends who enjoy a little forcefulness in the sexual arena (i.e. hair pulling, biting). Not all females are the same and I got a little tired of the sex scenes in what is supposed to be a book about demons and angels.
Speaking of demons and angels ... there is definitely a different thought-process at work in this book. I commend the author for creating a series based on an age-old battle and giving it a philosophical twist. I'm sure there's an audience out there for this type of series, but it's not me. I feel as if the book took too long to get its point across and I became a little bored with it. What the author did make me realize, though, was that I'm a classical kind of girl.
Sorry, Mr. Norry, but I didn't care for your work.
*An ecopy of the novel was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Top reviews from other countries
It's a hard to put down, page turner. Well written and descriptive, with a thrilling storyline and a unique take on personal demons and angels.
The author brought his characters to life in my mind and I lived alongside them through the turmoil and action.
However, be prepared, the ending is a real cliffhanger! Have the next book ready. If I had, I wouldn't have spent the past hour, since finishing the book, cussing J.K. Norry.