Friday, 20 May 2016

Forest of Demons by Debbie Cassidy

Title: Forest of Demons
Author: Debbie Cassidy
From: Kindle Scout
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: 3rd May 2016
Challenges: 2016 New Release Challenge 
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Priya has always dreamed of seeing the Capital despite living in the shadow of a forest filled with demons. There's one rule the villagers truly stick to; don't go into the forest at night. But when there's a demon attack during the day everything changes.

I don't want to say anything more in my summary simply because I think it would give too much away. I read this both in beta form and now it's released, and I have to say that the twists and turns kept me on my toes the second time as much as the first. Debbie Cassidy has definitely woven a fantastic story.

Priya is a likeable main character, if a little naive at times, but that does make her endearing. She definitely comes across as her age, with things like a crush on her friend Guru,  but feeling attracted to the village blacksmith, Ravi. She cares for her parents but finds them smothering at times...for me it just worked character wise.

Aryan, the other main character who lived in a completely different place, was more difficult to like. There were moments where his morals and charm warmed me to him a little, but then he'd do something and I'd just find myself not liking him again. I'm pretty sure some of that was because I already had a sense of what he was going to do or not.

For both main settings in the book the mythology was cleverly woven in and a complete back story given. The world was well created and really drew the reader in. There is a glossary at the back of the book for some of the Indian/Hindu words, which I do think helps!

This was a great read and I'd definitely recommend it!