Flora Reviews… The Demon of Istanbul (The Demon Series #2) by Ayse Hafiza
So what’s The Demon of Istanbul about?
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Title: The Demon of Istanbul by Ayse Hafiza
Series: The Demon Series #2
Published by Self-Published Genres: Urban Fantasy
No. of Pages: 95
Evil has friends in secret places.
Defeated by the Angels of London, Jassassah the Demon from the fourth circle of Hell needs a new base. Somewhere with no scrutiny, where she won't be monitored, where she can sink underground and where she has friends.
Remembering Galian the old Byzantine, she rides the Orient Express train to Istanbul. Jassassah has a secret plan which Galian will learn and it involves releasing some dark demons held captive beneath the historic city of Istanbul. Jassassah the Demon needs an army to exact her revenge, not on the Angels directly but on the beings they protect ... us the human race.
Review Format: eBook
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Read: 1st – 4th June 2018
I’m unsure whether The Demon of Istanbul can be read as a standalone story. Jumping in cold you may miss the nuances of experiencing past plot lines and getting to know Jassassah through her previous adventure. Having said that, the most pertinent information is weaved beautifully into this story without slowing the pace ensuring that new readers aren’t completely lost.
So, what did I like about The Demon of Istanbul?
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 Istanbul did not disappoint.
The first chapter starts where the last book left off. In London with our heroine, Jassassah the Demon, unable to see or hear humans therefore unable to do her job and whisper into the ear of the corruptible. However, this story is different from the last one. Jassassah wants revenge for what happened to her in London and the humiliation she felt. She’s prepared to wait to exact her retribution. Jassassah knew her situation would improve if she could “lay low” and get far away from London. However, I thought it was a nice touch that she was also looking forward to seeing an old friend in Istanbul.
I haven’t read any other stories that are set in Turkey and haven’t visited the country myself. However, I felt transported to Istanbul through this book. Ms Hafiza’s descriptive writing was wonderful. The sights and smells all added to the image conjured in my head. While the snippets of actual history woven into the prose just took the story up that extra level for me by adding that realism.
I actually still really liked Jassassah; she has the complexities of character that all proficient authors create for their leading roles. She’s pragmatic, patient and I loved that she’s not infallible but still manages to turn a mistake to her advantage. Jassassah isn’t a demon who gives up easily, she’s smart enough to bide her time and formulate a new plan.
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 “laying low” in Istanbul.
So, ummm, was there anything I disliked about The Demon of Istanbul?
I gave this book 5-stars because there was nothing that niggled when I reading it, even if I did hope that our heroine’s ultimate demonic plans were less than successful. 😉
So, basically what I’m saying is…
I really loved The Demon of Istanbul; it was another unique read. It’s quite a skill for an author to involve a reader in their characters’ tale in so few pages. Bravo Ms Hafiza! The Demon of Istanbul had everything that I look for in a 5-star book. Intelligent writing style that’s easy to read. A main character with depth of personality and a great supporting cast. Believable background story and setting (even when there’s magic and the supernatural involved).
The next novella is The Demon of Dhaka, so I assume that’s the city she travels to next. I can’t wait to find out what mischief Jassassah stirs up there…
So, has my review of THE DEMON OF ISTANBUL (THE DEMON SERIES #2) 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 unique 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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