Confronting the Demon (The Seven Circles of Hell, #1)

Confronting the Demon (The Seven Circles of Hell, #1)

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by Ciara Ballintyne
     
 

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For lovers of Jacqueline Carey, Brent Weeks and Storm Constantine - fantasy with mystery, romance and a paranormal twist.

For Alloran, who practised the fine art of frivolity for decades, life just got serious.

Framed for the heinous crime of demon summoning, he is forced to flee his comfortable life of silk sheets and nightly carousing in the

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For lovers of Jacqueline Carey, Brent Weeks and Storm Constantine - fantasy with mystery, romance and a paranormal twist.

For Alloran, who practised the fine art of frivolity for decades, life just got serious.

Framed for the heinous crime of demon summoning, he is forced to flee his comfortable life of silk sheets and nightly carousing in the wizard’s citadel for the stinking back-alleys of the city of Ehsan. There he poses as a common labourer to hide from his lover, his best friend and the wizarding authorities.

But beneath the garbage of the backstreets he discovers a new horror: a trail of gruesome bodies, gnawed on by hellcats, and left gift-wrapped for him to find with taunting ‘love notes’ attached. Someone is brutally murdering people from Alloran’s past and threatening all those close to him.

As the body count rises, Alloran must confront his personal demons and risk losing himself to a powerful addiction in order to expose the true villain. Failure means the destruction of the city at the hands of the deadliest demon to inhabit any of the seven hells – or worse, Alloran himself. 

Also including bonus story 'A Magical Melody'.

When a lethal spell is stolen from a locked and warded room, Avram must hunt down the thief before the song of power buries a city of innocents beneath a thousand tonnes of ice.

Praise for CONFRONTING THE DEMON

"...fast-paced and enthralling. I was amazed by how swiftly I got caught up in Alloran's situation. The author uses just the right combination of description and action to get her readers immersed in her fantasy world, causing them to hit the ground running along with the beleaguered wizard. I was surprised and thrilled by how much I was enjoying reading Confronting the Demon. Ballintyne's work shows flashes of inspiration from Robert E. Howard's sword and sorcery stories.... an accomplished and impressive debut offering, and it is most highly recommended." - Readers' Favorite

“Ballintyne is a masterful storyteller who manages to get you caught up in the book almost instantaneously... I actually enjoyed a good fantasy novel that didn’t take days and days to read, but still offered the opportunity to get caught up in its world and story.” - Tracy Riva, Global eBook Awards Judge http://tracyriva.com/

"This story wasn't quite what I expected; it was better! The first pages surprised me, reminding strongly of THE WAY OF SHADOWS by Brent Weeks (the scenes, setting and story feel). I was immediately drawn in." - Dr. S. Drecker

“The power-packed action will leave you breathless and the eerie suspense will make you chomp on your own nails, beware!” - Satarupa, Curse of the Bibliphile http://curseofthebibliophile.blogspot.in/

"Ciara Ballintyne magically packs action, intrigue, love and fear into a very short, but intense and dark read! Her writing is crisp, she gets to the point and creates scenes that rolled past my "mental screen" in vivid detail."- Dii Amazon TOP 1000 REVIEWER

"...classic epic fantasy elements that would make Robert E. Howard happy." - M Joseph Murphy

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940148375050
Publisher:
Ciara Ballintyne
Publication date:
09/24/2013
Series:
Seven Circles of Hell , #1
Sold by:
Draft2Digital
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
471,377
File size:
378 KB

Meet the Author

Ciara Ballintyne was born in 1981 in Sydney, Australia, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, one masochistic cat, and one cat with a god complex. She holds degrees in law and accounting, and has been a practising financial services lawyer since 2004. She is both an idealist and a cynic.


She started reading epic fantasy at the age of nine, when she kidnapped Castle of Wizardry by David Eddings from her father. Another two years passed before she began her first attempts at the craft of writing. Confronting the Demon is her debut book.


She enjoys horse-riding, and speculation about taking over the world. If she could choose to be anything it would be a dragon, but instead she shares more in common with Dr. Gregory House of House. M.D.

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Confronting the Demon 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Confronting the Demon is Book One of The Seven Circles of Hell, a fantasy series written by Ciara Ballintyne. Someone is killing Alloran's friends and former lovers, and they're trying to throw the blame on him. They're also working with spells that can summon demons. Alloran had once been found guilty of allowing his quest for knowledge to lead him to such an incantation and to be found guilty of doing so now would mean his death. Alloran suspects his former friend, Ladanyon, is behind the deaths and the demon, and must find a way to stop him before he destroys everything. Gisayne, the chief wizard's daughter, is determined to help him. She enters Ladanyon's chamber at the wizards' castle to retrieve one of Alloran's journals which the rogue wizard had stolen from him. Ciara Ballintyne's sword and sorcery fantasy, Confronting the Demon: The Seven Circles of Hell, Book 1, is fast-paced and enthralling. I was amazed by how swiftly I got caught up in Alloran's situation. The author uses just the right combination of description and action to get her readers immersed in her fantasy world, causing them to hit the ground running along with the beleaguered wizard. While I can sometimes become a bit impatient with contemporary epic fantasy offerings, I was surprised and thrilled by how much I was enjoying reading Confronting the Demon. Ballintyne's work shows flashes of inspiration from Robert E. Howard's sword and sorcery stories as well as the works of more traditional epic fantasy authors. Confronting the Demon: The Seven Circles of Hell, Book 1 is an accomplished and impressive debut offering, and it is most highly recommended.