Welcome back! Earlier today we had a post from the author of today’s book, S.K. Gregory about creating memorable characters and now it’s time for my review of
Written by: S. K. Gregory
Publisher: Mockingbird Lane Press
Cover Art: Jamie Johnson
1 Sentence Synopsis
Mackenzie Murphy just scraped by with her life (barely) after dealing with demons and now she has to deal with the demonic and all-too-human consequences of her encounters.
(Long) Book Description
Mackenzie Murphy thought her demon troubles were behind her, but with Taryn as her new roommate and his father still out to kill him, it seems there’s no getting away from them.
When Taryn begins to act erratically, Mackenzie discovers that he has to face the consequences for saving her life. Deadly consequences.
So it’s up to Mackenzie to save him, while avoiding the attention of a local cop and her homicidal boss.
Maybe demons are the least of her worries.
This was the 1st time ever that I’ve read the 2nd book in a series without reading the 1st one, not recommended. Yet, Daemon Madness was able to fill in enough of the details from the first adventure while progressing through the story that I still ended up enjoying the journey. And I feel like, even though I now know how it turns out, I want to go back and read book 1. It sounds like some crazy bananas went down.
So, my review is based entirely on this one book rather than the series.
Daemon Madness is an enjoyable story-connector
What I mean by story-connector is that it feels like the build up to book 3. There are some interesting twists and turns in this book though.
The story flexes between demon hunting and possessions, to being hunted by demons, to dangerous situations brought on by drug dealers and shady humans. Which makes for a very engaging read.
As I was reading this I felt like I’d slipped into the world of Angel (from Buffy the Vampire Slayer) mixed with Supernatural. Both of which I love, for the record. There were demons, hellhounds, and critters I’ve never hear of before scuttling around a world where magic darkened the deepest shadows.
Reading this book felt a bit like watching a tv show in how the pacing played out. The story would jump to a new time or place and pop right along, sometimes even playfully bouncing past a dramatic moment and then back again.
The style took a little while to get used to, but it really kept things moving. Although I do wish some of the more dramatic moments were given a little more room to breathe before continuing on to the next scene.
The main reason I want to go back to book 1 is because of these characters. Taryn, demon on the run/friend, and Mackenzie both have very interesting personalities and histories that get explored during this story.
The past seems to be the driving motivation of this story (Even though there are big scary things in the present happening as well.) But the main development comes from Taryn and Mackenzie confronting the deepest darkest moments of their past.
It is in these moments of weakness, doubt and pain that the characters really shine though. You get to see what they have overcome and how their humanity fights with the darkness within them.
Also, I love the awkward romance between these two. They’re so darn cute and don’t even know it.
4 out of 5 blood spattered stars. It is a fun, fast paced read, with some interesting characters that fans of Joss Whedon and Supernatural will really enjoy.
Find a Copy
Over on good ol’ Amazon
During this Tour S.K. Gregory is giving away a bunch of cool prizes.
- 3 Daemon Madness keyrings
- 4 Metal bookmarks in two designs – King and Duke – the family names. 2 of each being given away.
- The chance to have your name in the next Daemon book – Daemon Battle
Follow this link to join the Rafflecopter Daemon giveaway
About the Author
S. K. Gregory is an author, blogger and journalist from Northern Ireland. She has been writing since she was seven years old and loves horror/fantasy books. When she isn’t writing, she runs a website that provides reviews and promotion for writers.
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