by Ben Macallan

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Jordan helps kids on the run find their way back home. He’s good at that. He should be – he’s a runaway himself.

Sometimes he helps the kids in other, stranger, ways. He looks like a regular teenager, but he’s not. He acts like he’s not exactly human, but he is. He treads the line between mundane reality and the world of the supernatural.

Desdaemona also knows the non-human world far too well. She tracks Jordan down and enlists his aid in searching for her lost sister Fay, who did a Very Bad Thing involving an immortal. This may be a mistake – for both of them. Too many people are interested now, and some of them are not people at all.

Ben Macallan’s urban fantasy debut takes you on a terrifying journey, lifting the curtain on what really walks our city streets.

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ISBN-13: 9781849972642
Publisher: Rebellion Publishing Ltd
Publication date: 06/01/2011
Series: The Daemonomicon , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 535 KB

About the Author

Ben Macallan is the boy your mother warned you about, the one with the motorbike and the cool clothes and the dangerous superpowers. He may be watching you, but you'll never know.

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Desdaemona 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Valence More than 1 year ago
This book doesn't take long. I finished it in less than a day, but what a ride that was! The story is about Jordan, and mysterious young man who is hunted by something dark and sinister, and a young woman named Desdaemona, who needs Jordan's help. Together they go on a journey across Britain (as far as I can tell) and their journey essentially becomes one of self-discovery, albeit one filled with vampires and water spirits. Though short, this novel has much in it. It keeps you interested from start to finish and Ben Macallan has the nack for building up to one climax after another, always leaving you hanging somehow, someway. The story is told from Jordan's point of view, and it definitely shows as the narration is ridden with his teenage angst and self-doubt. What really impressed me with this novel was the fact that Jordan is not really all that powerful or brave. In fact, he's quite the opposite. But for the most part, he owns up to these unpleasant facts and makes the best of the situation and uses his brain (crazy, I know) to come out of various encounters. The interplay between the characters and their development also keeps one's attention, as things show up that seem to contradict earlier personalities, but it all wraps up nicely by the end. Lastly, the author is cosmopolitan as well as erudite because he sprinkles culture and science throughout the novel, adding that much more to the story. A french phrase here, a civil engineering concept there, and what remains is much more than written words. He brings the concepts and novel to life. I hope you have the chance to pick this up and enjoy it. I know I will be thinking about the twists and turns of this novel for a while.
JulesJones on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A welcome return to dark urban fantasy for Chaz Brenchley, writing under the name of Ben Macallan. If that pen name sounds vaguely familiar, it's because Brenchley previously used it for the lead character in a much earlier novel; and his usage here is more than whimsy, because this is exactly the sort of novel that the hero of Dead of Light would write. Jordan's a runaway teenager who makes a habit of helping the lost, both other runaways and those who've simply strayed into the world of the supernatural. Jordan's clinging to an existence somewhere on the border between the mundane and the magical, moving on to the next town whenever the hunters on his trail get too close. He's doing pretty well at it, until Desdaemona tracks him down and drags him into her quest for her runaway sister Fay. Desdaemona's something of a mystery herself -- she's a Daemon, a human who has been rewarded with occult power for contracted services to a Power, but she's barely more than a teenager herself. How and why Desi contracted herself so young is just as much of a puzzle for Jordan to solve as is the mystery of Fay's whereabouts.Fay's got good reason to have hidden herself as well as she has, and Jordan and Desi aren't the only ones hunting her. As they search for Fay, they find all too many enemies amongst the world of the supernatural -- the hunters on Fay's trail, the hunters on Jordan's trail, and the enemies Jordan and Desi make along the way. The result is an ever-increasing escalation of power and Powers they have to defeat or escape from, and a roller-coaster ride through a sharply crafted world where the supernatural can be found down any alley.What makes this book so good for me is that Macallan/Brenchley takes British and Irish mythology, polishes new facets on it, and sets it to perfection in a contemporary urban English landscape. And he does it with strong characters and snappy social observation, in a story that unfolds to show rather than tell exactly who and what Jordan and Desi really are. It's often very funny, and sometimes terrifying, and occasionally heartbreaking; all the more so because it shows how the monsters can be only too human.The ending begs for another novel, and indeed there are the concepts for two more living inside the author's head, though whether they see the light of day is another matter. But the book is complete in itself, a fabulous modern twist on old fables.
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