Flora Reviews… The Demon of Dhaka (The Demon Series #3) by Ayse Hafiza
So what’s The Demon of Dhaka about?
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Title: The Demon of Dhaka by Ayse Hafiza
Series: The Demon Series #3
Published by Ayse Hafiza, Self-Published Genres: Urban Fantasy
Formats Available: eBook
No. of Pages: 98
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Jassassah, the Demon from the fourth circle of Hell, just learned 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 has 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.
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Read: 4th – 5th July 2018
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.
So, what did I like about The Demon of Dhaka?
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.
The 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. However, 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 but I really enjoyed the journey. 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. I can’t wait to find out what mischief Jassassah stirs up in the city of love…
So, ummm, was there anything I disliked about The Demon of Dhaka?
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 and great supporting cast. 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. Especially those 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.
So, has my review of THE DEMON OF DHAKA (THE DEMON SERIES #3) encouraged you to find out more? Click on any of my links to check out the book yourself. Keep reading to find out more about this amazing series and its author.
The Demon Series
This series is 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 hellish points. Jassassah’s goal is to earn promotions through the circles of Hell until she reaches the heights she feels she deserves.
Books in the Series
As these books are novellas, it doesn’t take much time to read them. Click to read my reviews or buy the books yourself.
- The Demon of London (The Demon Series #1) (2017)
- The Demon of Istanbul (The Demon Series #2) (2017)
- The Demon of Dhaka (The Demon Series #3) (2018)
- The Demon of Paris (The Demon Series #4) (2018)
- The Demon of Vienna (The Demon Series #5) (2018)
- The Demon of New York (The Demon Series #6) (2018)
- The Demon of Alexandria (The Demon Series #7) (2018)
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