Wednesday, April 27, 2011
BOOK REVIEW: The Demon Collector
Author: Jon Mayhew
Release Date: March 2011
Edgy Taylor sees demons when nobody else can. Edgy thinks he is insane and expects to be carried off any minute. He is a prime collector, wandering the streets of London collecting dog muck for the tannery. The only thing Edgy is good at is setting and solving riddles, and evading his brutal and abusive master. One night, when his master seems genuinely intent on killing Edgy, Professor Envry Janus intervenes. Envry takes him to the Royal Society of Daemonologie where Edgy will now live. It is here, though, that Edgy discovers chance had nothing to do with their meeting, and that instead he holds the key to a deadly demon prophecy.
The Demon Collector is the sequel to Jon Mayhew’s first book in this series, Mortlock. Mayhew has toned down the book in comparison to the first book, but still maintained a great action-packed adventure with supernatural elements.
As with Mortlock, The Demon Collector contains the same macabre humour, much of it revolving around the various demons that Mayhew has created. There are also good and bad demons, but sometimes the line between the two can be very fine and easily crossed, providing many twists and turns as the story progresses. I like how Mayhew gives demons a weakness, they cannot resist a riddle and this often leads to their downfall with Edgy being something of an expert in this area, we are treated to a number of really entertaining scenes where he verbally 'does battle' with a number of these demonic creatures.
I enjoyed this sequel as much as the first book by Mayhew and look foward to the next instalment.