Hello all and welcome to the Apothecary! The following book review is for a novel that was passed on to me for review by the publisher, Tyche Books. To really see all the detail in the cover, you should click on it and view it full sized. The smaller versions don’t do it justice in the slightest.
“Demons are invading the Midlands for the first time in centuries.
The farmers have no defences against the murderous creatures. Swords in the hands of ordinary soldiers have no effect against demons, for the ability to resist a demon’s power – a projection of paralyzing fear – cannot be taught.
Garet’s life is forever changed the night his midlands family is attacked. Demonstrating a rare talent for resisting demon fear, Garet is taken to the city of Shirath to become a Demonbane: one who can withstand the demons’ psychic assault, trained in combat, and learned in demon lore.
But the ancient city isn’t a safe haven, it’s a death trap. While opposing political forces vie for the throne, a new demon terrorizes the citizens. To save Shirath, Garet must find friends and allies quickly, because the biggest threat to the city isn’t the demons, but the people living within the city’s walls.”
‘City of Demons’ is the debut novel of indie fantasy author Kevin Harkness. As with any new author I wasn’t sure what to expect and picked up the book with a degree of hesitation. I was pleasantly surprised. It wasn’t the dark, gore filled fantasy that I was expecting.
It’s a rich story set in a unique world and filled with interesting glimpses into the human mind. It delves into how our past experiences and how we deal with them can affect our ability to overcome fear. I noticed a tiny bit of steampunk-ish influence in the novel, which in my world is always a fun discovery.
That being said, it is not a difficult story to follow and I found it both entertaining and easy to read. I have no doubt that Kevin will only improve as an writer and I would happily read any novels that he might release in the future.