Confronting the Demon

Confronting the Demon

by Ciara Ballintyne

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BN ID: 2940155784807
Publisher: Ciara Ballintyne
Publication date: 05/28/2014
Series: Seven Circles of Hell
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 14,879
File size: 235 KB

About the Author

Ciara Ballintyne grew up on a steady diet of adult epic fantasy from the age of nine, leaving her with a rather confused outlook on life – she believes the good guys should always win, but knows they often don’t. She is an oxymoron; an idealistic cynic. She began her first attempts at the craft of writing in 1992, culminating in the publication of her debut work, Confronting the Demon, in 2013. She holds degrees in law and accounting and is a practising financial services lawyer. In her spare time, she speculates about taking over the world – how hard can it really be? If she could be anything, she’d choose a dragon, but if she is honest she shares more in common with Dr. Gregory House of House M.D. – both the good and the bad. She is a browncoat, a saltgunner, a Whedonite, a Sherlockian, a Ringer and a Whovian… OK, most major geek fandoms. Her alignment is chaotic good. She is an INTJ. Ciara lives in Sydney, Australia, with her husband, her two daughters, and a growing menagerie of animals that unfortunately includes no dragons. Facebook: Twitter: Website:

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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.