The Demon of London (The Demon Series #1) by Ayse Hafiza
Read: 17th – 19th May 2018
My Goodreads Rating: 5 Stars
So what’s this book about?
The Demon of London is the first novella in Ms Hafiza’s new spiritual horror series – The Demon Series – a collection of seven novellas that follow Jassassah the Demon – a demon of the fourth circle of Hell – on her misadventures to corrupt, influence and misguide the humans she meets thus scoring her points in Hell.
If you’ve read any of my reviews before, you’ll know that I don’t post spoilers or reveal plot twists in my book reviews, so here’s what the official blurb has to say about the story:
In the beginning, there was darkness, and her.
What does every demon want in life? To be invisible of course. Jassassah the Demon finds herself on the London Tube, and just what is a demon meant to do when traveling with busy distracted commuters? Well if she isn’t ruining their lives it would be a wasted opportunity. Jassassah picks off her victims one by one, delving into their secret, dark and most disturbing thoughts. Reminding them of the monsters they once were or showing them the monsters they can become.
How would Jassassah play with your mind? Or could you even distinguish her whisper from your own thoughts?
Read the first book in The Demon Series and follow her adventures. Just don’t read it in the dark, because she might be reading over your shoulder.
There are seven books in The Demon Series, click on the title to be taken to my review (if I’ve read it) or it’s page on Amazon; The Demon of London – The Demon Series #1, The Demon of Istanbul – The Demon Series #2, The Demon of Dhaka – The Demon Series #3, The Demon of Paris – The Demon Series #4, The Demon of Vienna – The Demon Series #5, The Demon of New York – The Demon Series #6 and finally the series conclusion in The Demon of Alexandria – The Demon Series #7.
So, what did I like about it?
I have read other novellas by Ms Hafiza and like her writing style; I enjoy how her tales make you look at the world with new eyes, re-evaluate your beliefs and entertain you all at the same time. The Demon of London is my favourite book so far.
The first chapter introduces the thesis behind the mythology for the book and our main character, Jassassah the Demon – can I use the term heroine? She is a predator who searches out the weaknesses of humans and utilises these “sins” by suggesting certain courses of action. I actually really liked her; she had the complexities of character that all proficient authors create for their leading roles. Is it wrong to root for a demon of hell?
I had no pre-conceived ideas where the story would take me but I really enjoyed the journey. I loved the fact that not all interactions with Jassassah lead to doom and gloom; Ms Hafiza showcased all of human nature, both light and dark and the myriad of shades in-between.
This novella certainly doesn’t shy away from difficult themes; child abuse, physical abuse, racism, sexual abuse, human trafficking… luckily Ms Hafiza tackles these subjects with compassion, engaging prose and balances out the horror with beautiful sentiment, hope and a sprinkling of humour.
I really loved this story and found it very addictive; I liked the gems of wisdom, the satire, the twists and the different human characters that star in each chapter. The end is quite original too, not a big bloody fight to the death with the forces of good versus evil but rather a strategic move. The battle may have been won but the eternal war still continues and Jassassah is smart enough to beat a hasty retreat and bide her time which leaves the story open for the next book.
So, ummm, was there anything I disliked about it?
I gave this book 5stars because there was nothing that niggled.
So, basically what I’m saying is…
I really loved this novella; it was a unique read. The Demon of London really reminds me of those old dark fairy tales I used to read; The Brothers Grimm, Aesop’s Fables or old Welsh folk tales like the lightening tree, etc. I liked it – it had the same feel. The next novella is The Demon of Istanbul so I assume that’s the city she travels to next and I can’t wait to find out what mischief Jassassah stirs up there…
Although I wouldn’t class this book as having explicit sexual or violent scenes, adultery, paedophilia and physical violence are some of the gritty sins that feature in this story, therefore, I would recommend this book to adults who aren’t offended by content of this nature.
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