Sunday, February 21, 2010

Demon's Bane by David Douglas [Book Inspection]

Plot Sketch: It has been fifteen years since the fall of Islingin and the people of Kartus now live a as clans ready to run at any moment. Senn Morel is a teenager living in one of these small clans. After his clan is destroyed, and his mother possessed by a demon, Senn is forced to run with a small group that escaped the attack. Then, after finding out that his father is responsible for the release of the demons, Senn vows to use his newly developing magic to attempt to seal the tear between worlds and send the demons back where they belong.

Verdict: I Heart It. David Douglas's debut novel is a well-thought-out and original story. It was refreshing that this novel contained something different because so many fantasy novels end up be so similar to each other that it's like reading the same story with different names and places. This is not a copy cat fantasy novel. Douglas did a good job with the writing. The text was void of glaring grammatical errors, except for the ones that were intended, which only added to the depth of the world and character development. I thought the story was good enough that it could have been made into a trilogy if he would have wanted to develop it. There are parts that move swiftly that I wished he would have explored more, but I still enjoyed the story the way it is written. I also very greatly appreciated his approach to magic because it was different from anything I had ever read before. The only criticism I have is that I would have liked to have seen more relationship development between the characters because there are certain things that happen and take you off-guard because of that lack of development.

The Gauntlet:

Location: Kartus, a fictional continent
Main Character: Senn Morel. I liked him. He was developed enough for me to become invested in the story and for it to keep my attention, but not overdeveloped so that I knew what he was thinking before he was.
Favorite Character: Xiuhcoatl. He's my co-favorite with Senn, but definitely worth mentioning here as his character was the best developed and the most interesting to me.
Time to Finish: If I had the time, I would have read this straight through. But, because of work, I had to read it in 30 minute increments.
Got Stuck On: I didn't get stuck at all.
Would Change: Just a little relationship development as I mentioned above.
Favorite Line: "They talked about everything under the sun, held each other close at night, and made love as if there were no tomorrow. Which might be true - depending on the way events played out, their days could very definitely be numbered." --page 223.
Good for I Heart Monster? Absolutely not. This type of fantasy is not for her.
People Who Will Like This: people who like high fantasy, people who enjoy horny main characters, people who like their stories to move, people who wish they had a magical powers.
People Who Won't Like This: prudes (it can be a bit descriptive especially for the YA genre), people who hate Lord of the Rings, people who need other races in their novels and by races we mean elves, dwarves, trolls, etc.
Chapters: 22
Paperback: 290 pages
Publisher: One Five One Press
Publish Date: December 1, 2009
ISBN-10: 0984254706

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Review by Monster!


Pam said...

Looks like a good fit for my site. Thanks for reviewing it.

David Douglas said...

Many thanks for the review, Monster. I really appreciate those comments, and will work on the relationship development more in the sequel. It's not meant to be YA, but due to the main character's age, many people thought this was the case. Though I read plenty of similar books when I was a teenager ;-)

Pam, if you do give it a try, I'd love to hear what you think.