The Demon’s Deadline (Demon’s Assistant Book 1) Book Review
When this reviewer chose to read The Demon’s Deadline, little did I know that inside this fairly short book was a well-written, fun, semi-YA romp through Seattle and surrounding cities as we get to know the heroine of the story, her boyfriend, and the Demons that employ her.
Our hero is a high school student named Nicolette, and she has a part-time job delivering messages for a Demon. Yup, a Demon named Azmos. He tends to turn up at the most inconvenient times for Nicolette, such as when she is ready to have a night with her boyfriend, Cam. We will not get into the depths of the plot, (no spoilers here), but we can say that this book is an entertaining look at a most unusual teen job.
Centanni does a good job of building up her Demon’s Assistant universe, as we are introduced to Nicolette’s friends and foes, and we learn bits and pieces of why her Demon employs her to deliver his messages to people, and why she of all people is his helper.
While this novel is clearly a part of the Urban Fantasy genre, it is also a Young Adult (YA) book, featuring characters who are mostly in their teen high school years. The only real adults are Nicolette’s dad, a female “villain,” and the Demons, who, of course, are several hundred (at least) years old. The dialogue is good, and seemingly genuine teen-type conversations, the pacing is good and keeps the reader engaged, but the author’s strong point is in the depth of her characters’ lives. By the end of the book, the reader can feel that they actually know Nicolette, her dad, and the boyfriend Cam. I truly look forward to reading more about these characters in future books in this series.
Published in April, 2015 by Enigmatic Books, and written by Seattle native Tori Centanni, the Demon’s Deadline is the first book in a series titled The Demon’s Assistant. When I first began reading this urban fantasy novel, I had no clue that it was set in Seattle (and Bellevue, and other nearby towns), and this was a pleasant surprise, as I am also a native of the Seattle area. Centanni’s descriptions of the locale is spot-on, and for local readers, this will be a fun aspect of her writing.