Title: The Daemoniac
Author: Kat Ross
Date Published: October 12th,2016
Page Count: 334 pages
Genre: Historical, Mystery, Young Adult
Where I got the copy:I got the eBook as a part of The Daemoniac blog tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours
Series: A Dominion Mystery Book 1
It’s August of 1888, just three weeks before Jack the Ripper will begin his grisly spree in the London slum of Whitechapel, and another serial murderer is stalking the gas-lit streets of New York. With taunting messages in backwards Latin left at the crime scenes and even more inexplicable clues like the fingerprints that appear to have been burned into one victim’s throat, his handiwork bears all the hallmarks of a demonic possession.
But consulting detective Harrison Fearing Pell is convinced her quarry is a man of flesh and blood. Encouraged by her uncle, Arthur Conan Doyle, Harry hopes to make her reputation by solving the bizarre case before the man the press has dubbed Mr. Hyde strikes again.
From the squalor of the Five Points to the high-class gambling dens of the Tenderloin and the glittering mansions of Fifth Avenue, Harry and her best friend, John Weston, follow the trail of a remorseless killer, uncovering a few embarrassing secrets of New York’s richest High Society families along the way. Are the murders a case of black magic—or simple blackmail? And will the trail lead them closer to home than they ever imagined?
My Honest Opinion:
**I received the ebook in exchange for an honest review.This doesn’t effect my opinion on the book**
Never judge a book by it’s cover,’cause if you do judge them by their cover,I’m quite sure you won’t be picking up this book,unless you love reading book having cults and secret societies and dark magic kind of things,like that’s how the cover looks.No complaints,I like how it looks.Though this book does present a few elements of those at places,it isn’t entirely that.It is more on the lines of the Sherlock Holmes stories,and this is something you need to remember while reading the first few pages ’cause they have a similarity with the Sherlock Holmes stories,and the reason behind that is Arthur Conan Doyle is presented as the Uncle of the protagonist Harrison Fearing Pell/Harry.If you don’t keep that in mind,you’ll feel this is a bad copy of Sherlock Holmes,and that would spoil the fun of reading the book,’cause trust me,this is quite an enjoyable read,and you don’t want that to be spoiled for you.
About the writing ,it was a good style,not one that will get on your nerves ,but something which you can enjoy.
Let’s talk about the plot,the non-spoilery part.If you are one who got the book by reading the blurb,you might be a tiny bit,like really tiny bit disappointed,because the blurb promises a lot of action and adrenaline rush,but the actual story fell just a mark short of that adrenaline rush.The plot had a potential to be amazing,but because of the slow pace,it had to suffice with being a good plot rather than amazing and strong.And as far as I know,the slow pace was because of the unnecessary details at places,like some details about what a particular character does when home and stuff,it isn’t like details shouldn’t be included,but it’s just those details which add extra words to the book and slows down the pace and doesn’t do anything to make it better.
Despite all those I liked the book quite enough,and that’s due to these reasons.One,I liked the plot.Yeah,I just talked about how the book was slow,but ignore the pace,concentrate on the plot,on what’s happening,you’ll find that you actually enjoy the book.And second,the characters.They were strong characters,strong as in mentally strong.And also how ,it despite being 1888,the women broke the barriers set by the society,and went on to become well known.I like how the book depicts them in their roles, when at those times,it would be men taking those roles in major cases and this is a fact that you will come across in the book too .The most well-known consulting detective at that time,one of the greatest journalists,they are all women in the book,and I appreciate the author for making it that way.And the protagonist,who is the sister of the most well-known consulting detective,is a strong character too in her own terms,despite being shadowed by her sister.Also,I love the relationship between Harry and John.I wish someone like John was there to teach me boxing. 😛
And the ending is one that will make you want the second book in the series to come out sooner,yeah,it’s that kind of ending which keeps you thinking if what you think is what is going to happen.*ignores the huge TBR pile beside*I think I will pickup the second book just to know if Jack The Ripper is what Harry thinks he is.
And if you’re a sucker for books with strong female characters and more women representation and a mix of dark magic and rational thinking ,all together in a light read,I would recommend you this book.
Rating: ♥♥♥♥ (4 stars)
About The Author :
Kat Ross worked as a journalist at the United Nations for ten years before happily falling back into what she likes best: making stuff up. She lives in Westchester with her kid and a few sleepy cats. Kat is also the author of the dystopian thriller Some Fine Day (Skyscape, 2014), about a world where the sea levels have risen sixty meters. She loves magic, monsters and doomsday scenarios. Preferably with mutants.
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