Series: Prospero’s Demon #1
Author: K.J. Parker
Published: January 28, 2020
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 3 stars
In a botched demonic extraction, they say the demon feels it ten times worse than the man. But they don’t die, and we do. Equilibrium.
The unnamed and morally questionable narrator is an exorcist with great follow-through and few doubts. His methods aren’t delicate but they’re undeniably effective: he’ll get the demon out — he just doesn’t particularly care what happens to the person.
Prosper of Schanz is a man of science, determined to raise the world’s first philosopher-king, reared according to the purest principles. Too bad he’s demonically possessed.
This was an odd one. Once again, I felt like I was thrown into a story right in the middle and not told anything about what’s going on. I’d really like another book all about the history of these “exorcists” and why the demons do what they do, etc. But once I kinda, sorta had a sense of what was going on, the story was relatively clear. This book was definitely more character development driven as opposed to plot. It’s a simple story that got a little mired in complicated writing. It wasn’t the easiest book to read, but it’s also short. The overarching message of the book is actually easy to understand and appreciate, it just felt like a lot of work to get there. Overall, I’m glad I read it and I adore the cover!!!!!