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Demon's Bane [Paperback]

David Douglas

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Book Description

Dec 1 2009
Senn Morel lives in fear of demons. But when they butcher his clan and possess his mother, he vows to use his newfound magic to take vengeance on these demon spirits that have invaded his world. Lieh Morel is along for the ride, possessed by a bloodthirsty killer. As Lieh's captor demons chase her son across the continent of Kartus, using her magic to wreak havoc along the way, she hopes to avoid a violent confrontation that could kill them both. The demon Xiuhcoatl is an experienced kidnapper, working for the lord of the demons-Senn's father. As he aids Lieh's possessors in tracking down Senn, he learns that not all demon spirits think the same way about their return to the physical world. Demon's Bane follows the Morels on the high seas, across rolling plains, and through thick forests in a thrilling tale filled with romance and betrayal. But the real question is, who will take control of Kartus . . . and who will end up dead?

Product Details

  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: One Five One Press (Dec 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984254706
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984254705
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 440 g

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars David Douglas hits home! Jan. 4 2010
By Justin W. Parente - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
It's really hard to describe any book that you just fall in love with. You wouldn't think that'd be the case, but when authors really take the time to create magical systems, worlds, and characters you can wholly become engaged in, you find yourself at a loss for words - a loss for words as how something so complex can seem so real.

David Douglas is new to the market of writing and as a close friend, I had the pleasure of reading this manuscript when it was in it's early stages. It's safe to say what you see now is a product of imaginative storytelling. This element, as staple as it is in Fantasy, is necessary. The author's determination to create all this which we can love isn't done overnight, and you can tell Douglas has taken his time with his writing. It's expertly written and tells a story of growth and surmounting odds. We've seen these themes before, but not at the level of his protagonist, Senn Morel. At such a young age, he's thrust into a realm where the impossible becomes devastatingly possible and threatening in a short amount of time. Demons hunt humans, and through growing magic he is just learning, Senn becomes a force to reckon with.

That then brings me to the magic system Douglas created. It is seldom seen a system where actual science, technique, and methodology is implemented in the casting of said magic. You, as the reader, learn the science of magic as Senn learns it, and in the way it is described, it becomes a fresh and exciting look into what is commonly seen as borrowed systems.

I urge avid Fantasy readers to take a gamble with David Douglas. Demon's Bane will not disappoint, and in the end, you'll know what it means to have dedication to your craft.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing new approach to magic! Jan. 2 2010
By Granny Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you've been reading fantasy novels and stories for decades like I have, sometimes you ask yourself why you still like the genre. Most of the time, you've got the same basic story: a young nobody battles large forces, journeys long distances with new friends and conquers evil in spite of incredible odds. So why do we all keep reading fantasy? Because we all enjoy the moments when an author comes up with something new and original. It's even more exciting when it is a brand new author, not the umpteenth book you've read by your favorite (not that I don't love my favorites!).

I won't spoil the book by saying whether or not Demon's Bane fits the standard fantasy formula mentioned above. What I especially enjoyed about this book that I'll talk about in this review is the descriptions of how magic spells are cast in this world. The author's biography says he has a background in mechanical engineering, and it seems like you can really feel it. In most stories, spell casters just feel the spell and send it out through their wands/staffs/fingertips. In this world, spells are created practically and rationally using magical structures. It's hard for me to describe, but great to read and really quite unique! I can really picture how it works in my mind.

Overall, a very enjoyable read with a new way of thinking about magic. Highly recommended if you like fantasy and want something new and different. Also recommended if you don't normally read fantasy and want to try it, but feel a bit daunted by the enormous size of some of the classics like Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read for the fantasy buff. Feb. 14 2010
By Eric Babcock - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Demon's Bane is a well written, intriguing and entertaining fantasy novel. Quite impressive for the author's (Dave Douglas) first novel. The intimate scenes are colorful but tasteful! The use of magic is very clever and not overdone and hard to get your head around. I recommend it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem for readers! Jan. 7 2010
By J. Westfall - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have thoroughly enjoyed Dave's book, Demon's Bane. The story is well written and easy to fall into, like relaxing in your favorite chair with a tasty beer (or your favorite drink of choice). It pulls you along at a comfortable pace while painting a vivid picture. Overall, this book is a great read and I'd recommend it to anyone. I think it's a good start into the fantasy genre and look forward to reading more books from the author in the future.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Demon's Bane shows potential Jan. 18 2010
By Cheryl Koch - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Senn Morel comes from very powerful parents. Both his father and his mother, Lich have great magic. Senn has waited a long time to grow into his powers. Senn can't wait to do big things with his magic instead of the little things, as he learns how to control and use his gift. His mother tells him to be patient.

Demons have invaded Senn's world but they haven't attacked in a while till now. Senn, his mother and others try to defend themselves but they are no match against the demons. The demons possess Lich and take off with her.

Senn accompanied with a group of others travel across the lands to help Senn rescue his mother and rid the land of Kartus from the demons.

I have to admit that there were parts in this book where I wanted the story to move a little faster. I couldn't figure out why at first till I went back through the book and realized that it was the details. While they were good, there was just so much explanation to everything which I didn't feel like I needed so much to enjoy the story. Also, I didn't really connect with all the characters. This is because for me, it seemed that Senn stole the show. He was engaging, charming, brave. Plus it was nice to get to see him grow stronger with magic as the story progressed. Mr. Douglas I can tell does have a flair for good story telling. He did transport me to a world filled with demons and magic in Demon's Bane.
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