The Demon of New York (The Demon Series #6) by Ayse Hafiza
Read: 4th – 6th January 2019
Publication Date: 14th April 2018
Quote from The Demon of New York
““What are we going to do in New York?” asked Jassassah telepathically. Alexander put his hands on his knees and squinted his eyes shut, “Just like the man I was named after… I am going to conquer””.
My Overall Rating: 5/5
Plot: 4/5 – Flow: 5/5 – Character Development: 4/5 – World Building: 5/5
So what’s this book about?
The Demon of New York is the sixth novella (approx 97 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, demoted to the seventh circle and now working her way back up the Hellish Ladder – 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 to the First Circle of Hell.
If you’ve read any of my reviews before, you’ll know that I don’t post spoilers kind or reveal plot twists in my book reviews, so here’s what the official blurb has to say about the story:
Fun and demonic adventure in the Bad Apple
Alexander, the businessman, is fuelled by ambition and drive. So Jassassah the Demon sees a lot of herself in him, with him she will be unstoppable in her dreams. The ones where she has the entire western hemisphere on its knees in servitude. Jassassah has been trying to figure out how to get the largest demographic of people ‘the poor’ under her control and with the tools that Alexander has to hand, they might just be unstoppable. The businessman and Demon are a dangerous combination.
Will they succeed? Read today and find out.
Although I’m sure that The Demon of New York 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 the relationship, we (the readers) have built with Jassassah over the last six books, knowing her personality and how she has altered as well as the ripple effects that past plot lines have had on this story.
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 using 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 – I’ve compared her books to that of Aesop’s Fables in the past and I stand by my comparison. It’s quite a skill for an author to involve a reader in their characters’ tale in so few pages; The Demon of New York certainly keeps you engaged.
Seeing the world and humans through Jassassah the Demon’s eyes is both scary and sadly illuminating. This story had me gripped but not in the same way of the previous novellas; Ms Hafiza turned her keen eye to the evil that the white collar sector inflicts upon individuals and the world at large.
I have learned with this series, to abandon any pre-conceived ideas about where the story would take me; I really enjoyed the journey Ms Hafiza took us on in this novella, with the scattered gems of wisdom, the twists and the different characters – human and demon – that Jassassah meets while on assignment in New York. I loved the little glimmers of humour (even the dark humour) and the well written satire peppered within these pages.
So, ummm, was there anything I disliked about it?
There was nothing that niggled while reading this story, hence why I gave it 5 stars.
Having said that please be warned that there are a certain number of scenes in this book that some readers may find unpalatable. Ms Hafiza doesn’t shy away from difficult themes in this series; murder, child abuse, racism, sexual abuse, human trafficking, illegal organ harvesting, violence and brutality… however I feel that she tackles these subjects with engaging prose and sympathetic humour while drawing your focus on the social commentary aspect.
So, basically what I’m saying is…
I really enjoyed The Demon of New York. It’s another 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 a believable background story and setting (even when there’s magic and the supernatural involved).
I’d recommend this book to adults 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. The next and final novella in this series is The Demon of Alexandria and I can’t wait to find out what final mischief Jassassah stirs up in the ancient Egyptian city.
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