M in the Demon Realm by Mark William Hammond
Contains violence and gore
M in the Demon Realm by Mark William Hammond follows Emma Ricci, a Korean girl adopted by American parents. She just graduated New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, is struggling to make a name for herself, and suffers from nightly nightmares. She has a wonderful boyfriend and great friends, so when two Chinese mystics tell her she’s the last in a long line of demon hunters, she brushes them off. Until she and her boyfriend, Adam, are attacked by a wendigo. She survives, and after a miraculously fast recovery that raises the suspicions of a NYPD detective, Emma trains with the two Chinese mystics. Someone is trying to open a portal that will loose demons on the earth, and Emma is the only person capable of stopping them.
While I love urban fantasy as well as different takes on the genre, I wasn’t too thrilled with this book. First, it’s fairly short, at just over 100 pages, but it took me nearly four days to finish. The writing is all tell and no show, probably to give it a fast pace, but the narrative jumped forward too much and from perspective to perspective. Both of these issues added up to a jerky narrative with characters I just couldn’t connect with.
The author also introduces us to all of Emma’s friends in rapid order, giving us their descriptions in long detail, one after the other. At the end of the book, I couldn’t remember who was who or what they looked like. This move works for maybe one or two characters, but there are better ways of working a character’s description into a scene instead of rattling it all off at once.
This book also suffers from everything falling into place for the protagonist. While some things do go wrong, once Emma discovers her heritage and purpose, she masters everything in a very short amount of time, and knows exactly where to go and what to do. Had the author thrown a few more obstacles in her way and not made everything so easy, this might have been a more interesting book.
I did enjoy the author’s take on demon lore, and the Chinese mythology added into the book made this book a little more unique from every other urban fantasy. Still, the actual story telling could use some work.
My Rating: 2.7/5
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