The Demonists by Thomas E. Sniegoski
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I'm rating this purely upon personal enjoyment and the surprise that one feels when a certain book transforms before your eyes from a serviceable attempt at turning a tabloid TV show crew into an exorcist drama into a serious cabal of a supernatural team of demon hunters into a freaking awesome surprise turnaround for Theo that's all about the nasty surprises waiting just below the flesh. :)
Horror? Yes. Urban Fantasy? Yes.
It diverges from the usual UF in that we're never completely locked-in to one PoV. We get pretty complete scenes of backstories for all of the big players, including the most active villain. It reminds me of the more traditional horror storytellings of the 70's and 80's, but with the added twist of the much better pacing and progression of our modern styles.
As well as some nice leveling up. :) I mean, seriously, Theo is OP. :)
And now I'm hooked. I'm going to be awaiting all the additions to this series in pure popcorn abandon.
Fun is a quality no one should underrate. :)
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