Flora Reviews… The Demon of Paris (The Demon Series #4) by Ayse Hafiza
So, what’s The Demon of Paris about?
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Title: The Demon of Paris by Ayse Hafiza
Series: The Demon Series #4
Published by Self-Published Genres: Urban Fantasy
No. of Pages: 101
A City of Lovers has a dark secret
Back in Europe, Jassassah the Demon is looking for mischief and a promotion. She wants to get into the highest circle of hell and won't stop until she gets there. To achieve her goals she needs to create a break down in society. That is the challenge presented to her by Lorcan the Overseer of Hell. Now she's finally caught his attention she needs to perform at her best, with Paris as her playground. Can she turn a city of lovers into a city of haters? And succeed in terrorizing humankind?
Review Format: eBook
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Read: 26th – 29th September 2018
The Demon of Paris could be read as a stand-alone title. Pertinent information is weaved beautifully into this story ensuring that new readers aren’t completely lost. However, I’d worry that you’d miss some of the nuances of this book jumping in cold. For example, Jassassah’s personality and the ripple effects of past plot lines.
So, what did I like about The Demon of Paris?
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.
The Demon of Paris is a great addition to the series.
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. Jassassah is out to cause mankind as much misfortune as she can in a bid to get promoted through the Circles of Hell. But I can’t help liking her.
Sadly, as yet I haven’t visited Paris myself although I want to. But Ms Hafiza’s talent as a writer describes it 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 that are woven into the prose that adds a further layer of detail, of depths, that elevates this novella into something special.
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 satire, the twists and the different characters – both human and demon – that Jassassah meets while on assignment in Paris. The next novella is The Demon of Vienna 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 quite distressing to read, Ms Hafiza certainly doesn’t shy away from difficult themes in this series; child abuse, racism, sexual abuse, human trafficking, illegal organ harvesting, violence and brutality… 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 about them.
So, basically what I’m saying is…
I really loved The Demon of Paris. It’s 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 a 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 readers 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.
Has my review of THE DEMON OF PARIS (THE DEMON SERIES #4) encouraged you to find out more? Click on any of my links below to check out the book yourself. Keep reading to find out more about the 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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