The Demon of Dhaka (The Demon Series #3) by Ayse Hafiza
Read: 4th – 5th July 2018
My Goodreads Rating: 5 Stars
So what’s this book about?
The Demon of Dhaka is the third novella (approx 98 pages) in Ms Hafiza’s spiritual horror series – The Demon Series – a collection of seven novellas that follow Jassassah the Demon – once a demon of the fourth circle of Hell now demoted to the seventh circle – on her misadventures to corrupt, influence and misguide the humans she meets thus scoring her points in Hell and gaining her a desired promotion through the ranks.
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:
Join Now! The army of evil is recruiting
Jassassah the Demon from the fourth circle of Hell just learnt a lesson. When friends become enemies it means death to your previously untarnished demonic reputation. As a result she finds herself in the slums of Dhaka, why? Because she needs to prove to the administrators of Hell that she’s still got it! Her one-way ticket out of destitution lay in the hands of new recruits. Faced with a team of ambitious half demonic beings, she embarks on a training program. Untapping potential and creating a team of monsters… all to attack us, the human race.
Will she succeed? Read today and find out.
Although I’m sure that The Demon of Dhaka could be read as a stand-alone title – pertinent information is weaved beautiful into this story without slowing the pace ensuring that new readers aren’t completely lost – I’d worry that you’d miss some of the nuances of this book jumping in cold; Jassassah’s personality and the ripple effects of past plot lines.
There are seven books in The Demon Series, click on the titles below to be taken to my review (if I’ve read it or its page on Amazon if not) or search the tag #The Demon Series;
The Demon of Vienna – The Demon Series #5,
The Demon of New York – The Demon Series #6
The Demon of Alexandria – The Demon Series #7.
So, what did I like about it?
I already like Ms Hafiza’s 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. It’s quite a skill for an author to involve a reader in their characters’ tale in so few pages and The Demon of Dhaka did not disappoint me.
First chapter does a great job of reminding us who and what Jassassah The Demon is; she’s pragmatic, dedicated and patient with a somewhat dry sense of humour and out to cause mankind as much misfortune as she can but I can’t help liking her.
I haven’t read any other stories that are set in Bangladesh and haven’t visited the country myself but Ms Hafiza’s talent as a writer describes Dhaka so well that I once again felt transported; the sights, sounds and smells leaping off the page while it’s the snippets of actual history and the inclusion of local folklore – the Meccho Booth, Dainee and Churel – that are woven into the prose that adds a further layer of detail, of depths, that elevates this novella into something special.
I had no pre-conceived ideas where the story would take me; I really enjoyed the journey with the scattered gems of wisdom, the satire, the twists and the different characters that Jassassah meets while on assignment in Dhaka. The next novella is The Demon of Paris 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…
So, ummm, was there anything I disliked about it?
I gave this book 5stars because there was nothing that niggled while reading it.
Having said that please be warned that not every scene in this book is palatable, some are very distressing to read, Ms Hafiza certainly doesn’t shy away from difficult themes in this series; child abuse, physical abuse, racism, sexual abuse, human trafficking, illegal organ harvesting… however she tackles these subjects with compassion, engaging prose and sometimes even humour and manages to turn these scenes into social commentary, giving them an Aesop’s Fable-esque quality.
So, basically what I’m saying is…
I really loved The Demon of Dhaka. It is a unique read that had everything that I look for in a 5 star book; intelligent writing style that’s easy to follow, a main character with depth of personality, a great supporting cast and believable background story and setting (even when there’s magic and the supernatural involved).
Due to some of the more violent and harrowing scenes, I’d recommend this book to adults who are not offended by content of this nature who enjoy paranormal fiction or urban fantasy adventures with some darker themes. The Demon Series has a unique perspective and is an unexpected find that I can’t recommend enough.
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