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Monday, December 10, 2012

City of Demons by Kevin Harkness

City of Demons by Kevin Harkness
Publisher: Tyche Books Ltd.
Genre: Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length Full Length (234 pages)
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Orchid

Demons haunt the cities of the South. Even the smallest demon can freeze their prey with a choking terror that few can resist. Once paralyzed, a soldier, even a hero, is helpless before the claws and teeth of the beast. For the first time in the history of the peaceful Midlands, demons have appeared.

Hope lies in the Demonbanes of the Five Cities in the south. Composed of men and women who have had to face their own fears and conquer them, the Banes are the only protection for the citizens of the South... and now the Midlands as well.

Garet, a poor Midlands farm-boy, is one of those who can fight back. Now, to become a Demonbane he must journey to the Southern city of Shirath, a walled metropolis filled with opportunity, danger, and conspiracies. But will an outsider be accepted by the tradition-bound Banehall? Garet must find friends and allies quickly, for Shirath is threatened not only by the murderous demons, but by forces within its own walls that are trying to tear it apart.

Garet loses his temper and kills a demon. The demonbanes come to search for the one beat the demon fear and offer him the chance to become one of their own. Garet's new life starts here.

Demons breed fear in any humans they come near, then feed off that fear to make themselves strong. Now there is a new demon, the type of which has never been seen before, as well as political intrigue within the king's court. Only the demonbane can protect mankind, but the demonbane have their own in-house fighting to sort out before they can save the city.

Garet has a natural ability when it comes to fighting demons and he picks up knowledge at a phenomenal rate which pleases some of his masters, but angers others.

This book reminded me of David Eddings fantasy series. The author has taken a great deal of trouble to ensure the continuity of the story is correct. The planet is well thought out and I felt as if I could step across the dimensions and be at home there. I saw no editing errors at all and the story locked together superbly. Can you tell I really enjoyed this book?

I love fantasy books but haven't read one of this quality for some time. There is a little bit of romance in it, but the fighting of demons and Garet's emergence from a gawky country boy to a young man skilled in the fighting of demons is the mainstay of the book. I could go on and on about how I liked it, but that wouldn't necessarily encourage a fantasy reader to try it. I will say if you like fantasy, you shouldn't miss this one. Take the plunge and give it a try. It will knock your socks off!

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