By Jessica Walsh & Briana Lawrence
This is a fantasy story about “demons” who leave their own world and enter ours. The term “demons” is used to describe anyone from the alternate world whether they are friend or foe. Two “Hunters” (people who track down demons) named Fagan and Alix are given a tip to meet an old partner at an abandoned house with some important information. They arrive to find their friend shot to death and several demons hiding on the premises. They capture the demons and take them prisoner in their warehouse holding cell. Their names are Dox, Cyn and Haven. They each have very special abilities. Dox can move through the shadows and is literally the monster in the room when you sleep. Cyn is actually human but had a demon surgically placed within her without her knowledge that enables her to control plant roots and use them as weapons. Haven is a young man with a dragon tattoo on his arm which signifies a real frost dragon coexisting within him giving him tremendous power but little insight other than to not trust people and stay on the move. Beyond trying to figure out the murder of their friend, Alix has an ulterior motive in keeping them alive. The demons have knowledge of “The Storyteller”; a demon who can change your past, the present or the future all through sketches that appear in their notebook. Another demon arrives named Mira who fills in many of the blanks for the partners. She is not there just as a source of information; however, Mira seeks to recruit them all to help stop a war about to commence in the demon world that might spill into ours. She also promises a meeting with The Storyteller. There is action and drama as conflicting personalities try to work together with extreme difficulty. I’m not a spoiler but I can tell you there are some surprises and twists at the end that will make you yearn for the sequel. The writers do a masterful job of creating characters so dissimilar that you need to follow closely to keep track of them all. As the story moves along you learn more and more about each of them. The plot is gripping and holds your attention. This is a nice piece of fantasy writing with a fresh take on the theme.