Demon's Heart

Demon's Heart

by Emily Bates




Young ruffian Rustav is determined to escape his abusive uncle and hated homeland, even if it means braving the demon-infested forest. His escape is halted, however, when a race of legendary beings reveal him to be the country's fabled heir. As the people rally around him, Rustav teeters precariously between raising his people from the dust—or destroying them from the inside.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781462115150
Publisher: Cedar Fort, Incorporated/CFI Distribution
Publication date: 12/09/2014
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

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Demon's Heart 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
RayBear More than 1 year ago
“Running away was what he did best.” (Page 94). Rustav just wanted to escape his abusive uncle and live in peace. After finding himself in a small welcoming village, Rustav stays to recover and eventually makes friends with Dantzel and several others in the village. When the Guards finally come, Rustav does what he does best, runs away. Rustav didn’t count on Dantzel following him into the forest. They find a race of legendary forest dwellers, the Tuatha, who are both kind and sinister. Entrapped by the Tuatha until one Tuath tells him the truth, Rustav learns the truth about his heritage and inheritance. Now Rustav must decide whether to save the country or run away again. This is the story trope of the chosen one. Rustav doesn’t know he’s the fabled heir to the kingdom, chosen at birth because of his lineage. When he finds out his true identity, he must choose to follow his destiny or cast it aside. If he chooses to follow his set path in life, he will have a great many trials to face. Though this isn’t in any way a new story, I loved the author’s voice and the way she told the story. Rustav is an underdog that I immediately wanted to succeed. He had just enough resistance to his path to make his story interesting. The pacing was great. The author focused in on each plot point perfectly and didn’t leave Rustav in any one place too long. Rustav was never stagnant on his adventure and even when he was caught up in one place for a lengthy period of time, it never felt like it dragged to the reader. I loved both Rustav and Dantzel. They were not the stereotypical male/female pair. Rustav does not always confront things head on. He had to run away to stay alive, but when he had to make a stand and be brave, he did! Dantzel was not a damsel in distress. She follows Rustav because she’s tired of being complacent and she wants to find her father and have an adventure. She holds her own next to Rustav. The fantasy elements were not overwhelming but perfectly tied into the story and the plot. The dialogue and action were relevant and well-written for this fantasy story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is incredibly well written for a first novel. The details are new and interesting. The plot manages to be surprising and yet believable. I can't wait to read the sequel!
AmyKate5185 More than 1 year ago
Demon's Heart is a fast-paced, high adventure story with lots of twists and turns I wasn't expecting. I literally gasped at one point near the end when something happened to the main character, Rustav. I just couldn't believe it. I had to put the book down and soak in what had happened. But I didn't leave it down for long. I just had to see how it would end. There's no doubt Bates will go far with her Demon's Heart books. I'm anxiously waiting the rest of the books in her wonderful, creative world. Her world-building in this new environment is exquisite, and I found myself wanting to underline some of her phrases because they were just so unique and creatively descriptive. I'm a huge fan of Bates' storytelling now and I believe this book will appeal to upper middle grade and young adult readers who want a fresh voice in the YA/MG world. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Demon's Heart is a fast pace story with all sorts of twists and turns. The author does a great job of creating a new world and creatures within it. Comparable to the new ideas and worlds brought to us by Tolkien and Rowling, Bates has very promising potential. I'm looking forward to the rest of Bates' series.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
5 STARS  I was drawn into the story straight off. I cared about Rustav and the characters that he met. I wondered about his backstory. Demon's Heart got into my heart. I was not ready for the adventure to end. I want to see what happens next. Demon's Heart has humans but it also has demons, A legendary race of people. Plus other characters. A evil king, that is weakening his kingdom. A fable about the true King bringing everyone together. It is a clean  This is full of drama, relationships, suspense, action and fantasy all centered on Rustav a teenager who has had a rough life. He was beaten by his Uncle till he ran away one day to a mountain village. Rustav stayed to heal before going on through the forest where demons were said to live.  Rustav made friends in that village his first since he was young. Dantzel who lived with her mother. Her father was taken away over six years ago by the king.  The setting is diverse from mountain village, to cities . Even a hidden city. Transportation was walking or carts pulled by horses.  I would think probably middle school and up would like Demon's heart. Fans of Ranger Apprentice. Harry Potter   I can't wait for the next book in the series. I will be looking forward to reading it.  I was given Demon's Heart to read so I could give honest review and be part of it's blog tour.
Saren_Eldonis More than 1 year ago
I loved it! I could not put it down. The main characters are interesting and unpredictable. I think one of them is my brother... not sure. :) The story line gets you interested in the first chapter. I can normally start a book and have pretty much the whole thing figured out before I get half way into it, that was not the case with this one. The author leaves you questioning your judgment most of the way through the book, and then, BAM!!!! You are hit with a freight train of awesomeness. As things unfold, and pieces come together, you find yourself immersed in Rustav's world and not wanting to leave it. The ending leaves you begging for the next book. Seriously, when is the next book coming out???? Anyone know??? This is going to be a repeat read. Over, and over again. I think I need to start a fan page.