Review: The Demonists by Thomas S. Sniegoski

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The Demonists by Thomas S. sniegoski

The Demonist #1

April 5, 2016 – Roc

Purpose: Review

Source: Requested for Review

 4.5 stars

I was given a copy of this book, free, in exchange for my honest opinion.

Click on the image for Goodreads summary.

It is the hope that in the end, good will overcome evil. John and Theo are one of the many defenses that keeps the demons from overstretching their domain. Theo becomes a literal and physical defense as the demons have taken up residence inside of her. John’s search for a way to save his wife takes him across the globe, and into deeper darkness than he was aware possible. But there is so much more going on, and it may be more than the couple can handle.

I have to admit that I wasn’t sure what to expect. I have been wanting to pick up something by Thomas S. Sniegoski for a long time, and I am glad that I finally did. This is a blend of fantasy and horror, heavy on the horror. Especially depending on your own personal beliefs. With stories about vampires and werewolves, it’s easy to dismiss. But stories of demons? These hellish entities are written in the core of almost every religious belief, even if the practice of exorcism has disappeared from our modern eyes. Paranormal stories of ghosts, benign and malevolent spirits are especially creepy, since most everyone has experienced something that defies logical explanation at some point in their life. And it’s this familiarity that Sniegoski uses to makes it easy to accept Theo’s situation and the potentially real danger that the missing kids face.

The world in this book is our world, the only difference is that the spiritual veil has been removed for certain people. We are able to see behind this veil through their eyes. And it isn’t pretty. Scaly demons. Inhumane strength. Undulating flesh. It’s all here within the pages, waiting to feed on fear and twist dreams into nightmares. Fast paced and characters that invest you  in the story and the fate of the world.

If you’re looking for a good story, that keeps you on the edge of your seat I would recommend this one. I would also recommend it if you enjoy reading the works of someone with a very twisted imagination. I can’t wait to start the second book in the series and I am sure that I will be reading his other series sooner rather than late.

Always Shine!

 

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Review: Otherworld Nights: an Anthology by Kelley Armstrong

Otherworld Nights: An Anthology

Otherworld Nights: and Anthology by Kelley Armstrong 

Otherworld Stories III

October 28,2014 – Plume

368 pages – Adult, fiction, fantasy, supernatural, paranormal, urban fantasy, short stories

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Twitter: @KelleyArmstrong

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Source: Penguin First Reads

I was given a digital copy of this book, free, in exchange for my honest opinion.

To read what this book is about, check out the Goodreads summary here.

My Thoughts:

At this point in my reading relationship with Armstrong I am not going to comment on her writing skills. her words are like magic, transporting you  into whatever world she’s created and daring you not to enjoy it. Whenever that magic stops for me I’ll stop picking up her books. Until then I will enjoy every last book that she puts out.

As for this anthology and the short stories that it contains, they are amazing and awesome. All of them. My favorite characters have always been Clay and Elena, but I truly enjoyed getting to know the other characters a bit more. There’s really no point in discussing each story individually since I enjoyed them all and I can’t pick a favorite.

I will say that I am not sure if any of the stories give anything away, but  if you  haven’t checked out Kelley Armstong’s other works and want a taste, any of her anthologies are worth checking out.

5 stars *****

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