5***** Review: "a great adventure through a fantasy land that captures your imagination"
Feisty Britt Kelly's life has blown up in her face. After her parents' divorce, her family moves from the suburbs of Trebridge into her half-sister's apartment in the projects. Britt must adjust to poverty, a new high school, and a step-mother who hates her and her younger brothers. But these aren't Britt's worst problems.
In the mage-fought Demon Wars, the minions of Prince Vetis have built a secret base in Trebridge behind the Kingscourt's battle lines. Like most humans, Britt didn't know demons existed before she was drafted to fight them with three new friends. Now she must fight against the evil that threatens her city.
As the demon forces grow, the Gargoyle Guardians of the city must teach the four teens to use enough "Grace" as a weapon to survive. Britt's new problem: learning to control her magical powers...in spite of Gillen, the gargoyle leader, pissing her off with his fussy rules and demands.
|Publisher:||M. K. Theodoratus|
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About the Author
"Fantasy is a wonderful way to run away from the mundane,” sez me. Others say, "M.K. Theodoratus is a captivating storyteller who prefers the power of short stories. Theodoratus has been in love with fantasy since first discovering the Oz books as a child. She has never stopped delving into the fantasy worlds of other writers. She became inflicted with an addiction to story and writing after creating a Nancy Drew fan fiction novel for a school assignment. Her incomplete assignment turned into her first novel the summer after the sixth grade. Now, Theodoratus has created the worlds of Andor and Far Isles Half-Elven for readers to get lost in. Andor is populated with stalking demons, always hunting for unsuspecting humans to prey on and terrorize, and magic. The Far Isle Half-Elven is a society in upheaval as genetic drift of the hybrid human-elf population changes everything from relationships to politics. Check out her short stories about Andor and the Far Isles, some of them free. M.K. Theodoratus loves connecting with fans. Check out her author hub for news and snippets of upcoming work at http://www.mktheodoratus.com. You can read and comment on her blog, find her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and Google+.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is unlike any I have read before. It takes the angel/demon mythology to a whole new level and though it did take me some time to get used to the terminology, the story gripped from the beginning. It is very easy to underestimate a YA story and think of it as challengingly written but I personally love the genre so when a book like this comes along and changes that perception I am very happy. As I read this story I found myself pulled in by the imagery of the surroundings and the build up of the characters at the same time. This is the first in a series and though I may need a break to reset my brain, I am excited to tackle the next one. I will just have to remember my demonology when I do.
There Be Demons (Andor Demon Wars Book 1) by M. K. Theodoratus was an addicting read that had me hooked. Not my first read by this author, I knew going in that I was in for an detailed rich read, full of wonderful characters. I was not disappointed, this book met all my expectations and more. A solid read, I loved the flow and the pacing. I will say that this book put a lot of time into building up the characters, a lot of introductions, background, and setting up the overall plot. This book, in the greater sense is a set up book for the series to come. This seems to be the growing trend lately, and to be frank, I'm not that big of a fan of it. Now, as far as set up books goes this one was pretty freaking good, and if the background was tone down a tad, I'd say it would have had the perfect balance. It was the shortness of the action scenes that threw off that formula. I think if those action scenes were a bit longer, and a little more often, then that would have shot this book up into the stars. Overall this book is worth the read, and I'm invested. For a book about demons and war, it's a pretty fun read. It's entertaining, engaging and original. Yeah sure there's some predictable YA tropes, but they're written in such way where they're not annoying but a fun nod. So please take my super high recommendation and my stamp of approval, that you will fall into this uniquely fresh world that will have you wanting more. Happy Reading -E.A. Walsh
Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite An interesting and engaging young adult urban fantasy, There Be Demons by M.K. Theodoratus is well-crafted with compelling characters. Gillen, who leads the four Gargoyle Guardians of the city, is forced to ask for reinforcements when imps and demons seize the streets of Trebridge. They are a nasty lot that are hoping to become even stronger. For reinforcement, he is sent four teenagers from the projects, led by Britt Kelly, a teen with a load of problems of her own. The reader follows Britt’s adventures as she is surprised by an effigy that unexpectedly turns into a gargoyle and expects her to fight demons, the possession of her step-mother by a demon, and her heart problems. Does she have what it takes to survive in this kind of world after suffering from the divorce of her parents? M.K. Theodoratus has created a world where readers experience a powerful intersection between the natural and the supernatural, a world of conflict where characters evolve under strange rules. The writing is great and I enjoyed the author’s unique sense of phraseology, the exquisite diction, and the powerful images that are left in the reader’s mind with each scene. The scenes are well-crafted, each designed to get the reader emotionally and psychologically involved in the story. The plot may seem simple, but it is woven with great intricacies and surprises. But what had me engaged throughout the entire story is Theodoratus’ gift for character and conflict. I loved the way Britt is developed. She experiences the conflict at multiple levels — emotional, psychological, and physical — and readers will be delighted by how she grows within the dynamics of the conflict. There Be Demons is a humorous, suspenseful story with great entertainment potential.
A conflict of interest is what seems to be the primary deal with this story. Demons need a warm environment to keep their young, and the people of Trebridge are fighting against the invasion in order to survive. The Gargoyles act as guardians, as Gillen leads them to war but he can’t do it alone, and so the Angeli send a group of teenagers to help them succeed. The storyline has a mixture of demons, magic, fantasy, battles and teenage drama. The concept of the story was interesting to read. What I believe it lacked a little was in its world development. I enjoyed the conflict between wanting to be a teenager and having a normal life rather than fighting and using their magic. The literature was easy to read and to follow. The story always kept its pace and the reader interested in wanting to know more about what’s going to happen next. I think what stood out was the multi-disciplinary approach towards the genre. It was apparent to see the mixture of fantasy, mystery, and suspense in the content of the story. This paranormal fantasy is something I believe most young adult readers would enjoy.
Demons have invaded Trebridge and it is up to Gillen and the Gargoyle Guardians to protect the city. But they cannot do this alone, Gillen is going to need back up. What he gets is Britt Kelly, a 14 year old girl with magical abilities that she would rather not have. Britt just wants to be a normal teenager and adjust to her new school. But Britt and three other teens are going to have to learn how to use their abilities to fight the demons and imps. You don’t have that many books that have gargoyles in them but I have to say that I think they are one of my favorite mythical creatures. Gillen is a great leader and I love how he works with the kids training them. Britt is a great, strong character for being 14 years old. I understand how she just wants to be “normal” but I enjoyed watching her grown into her role. There is a lot of action and a bunch of mistakes as the kids learn their limitations the hard way. This is a great story that is easy to get into and hard to put down. This is my first book of MK Theodoratus but it will not be my last. I do hope this becomes a series because I would love to follow more of Britt and Gillen’s adventures. I received There be Demons from Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.