Practical Demonology by: Clare Rees

This book has promise. I don’t want to spend my review dumping on it. Right from the jump I’ll say it get’s two stars from me but if the author writes a second book, hopefully I can rate that one better.

The premise of this book was interesting. Quarantine, demons, plague. In a Covid world, some people may want to avoid this book because of that and that’s absolutely okay.

I, unfortunately, will be avoiding it because it was boring. And I mean incredibly boring. The pacing is very slow. I got thirty percent in and thought about the most interesting thing that had happened and how there was a huge gap after where nothing interesting happened again.

Our characters are also uninteresting.

I do take issue with the worldbuilding.

So this is supposed to be some alternate world with demons that have no flesh and spread their disease by bites and scratches. Like a zombie. There’s names of places that aren’t real and yet Christianity is real. And called Christianity. If you want to have a religion in that alternate world I’m all for it but the second you use a real religion it skews the story for me into a weird area.

Not only that, but there were some issues with the writing itself. For one it reads more as a middle grade than young adult. It’s not poorly written, it just doesn’t fit the vibe of the book we’re told the author is going for when we read the blurb. It also reads more contemporary than fantasy and definitely more contemporary than fantasy from the past. It reads as modern language which also took me out of the story.

It’s the author’s first book, I’d give her a chance on a second even though this one wasn’t strong. The premise was interesting, hopefully next time, we get a strong premise and a book to match.

So, like I said, a two (2) star review for me.

I received this arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to them and the publisher.


Author. Reader. Reviewer. Interested in Sci-fi, Fantasy, and everything in between. Ya, and Adult. Looking for representaion where it matters! BIPOC, LGBTQ+, disabled, everything! We all deserve stories!

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