Monday, December 9, 2013

Confronting the Demon

Author: Ciara Ballintyne
Published: 11 November 2013
Genre: Fantasy/Mystery
Pinky's Rating (out of 5): 5 dragonflies

Book Description

For lovers of Jacqueline Carey, Brent Weeks and Storm Constantine. Fantasy with mystery, romance and a paranormal twist. 

A horrific adversary - a cure that risks creating something worse... 

Alloran, a powerful wizard, is betrayed by his best friend and framed for forbidden demonic magic. One step ahead of the authorities, he is forced to abandon the woman he loves, Gisayne, and flee his celebrated life of pampered comfort to hide in the stinking muck of the city's back alleys as a common labourer. 

But there he discovers a worse horror: a trail of bodies left especially for him. Someone is brutally murdering his past loves, and the taunting notes leave no doubt that if he won't stand and fight, Gisayne will be next. But what dark secret lurks in Alloran's past, crippling his ability to fight back? 

In a world where hellcats stalk the shadows, and a flaming demon lays waste to the citadel of the wizards, Alloran must risk losing himself to a powerful addiction, or abandon Gisayne to hell. 

But what if he is a bigger threat than the man he fights against? 

My Thoughts
While Confronting the Demon is the debut novella for Ciara Ballintyne, you can definitely tell that she has been writing for many years.

Readers will be amazed by a story that is as simplistic as it is complex. 

We are drawn into the story of Alloran right from the start. 

His story is painted on a beautifully described landscape that sets the imagination ablaze with a bombardment of the senses. 

With details so minute that you can smell and taste the air around you as the story unfolds.

The demons, especially the hellcats had me hooked right from the start. 

I am definitely looking forward to the next installment.