My Review of Demonkin by T. Eric Bakutis
Demonkin was a solid read, and I think most traditional fantasy fans would be fine with this sequel to Glyphbinder . Unfortunately, I’m not a traditional fantasy fan, and this book, 2nd in the Tale of the Five Provinces, just simply didn’t ensnare me like the first one did.
Part of the problem was Jyllith. She was a relatively minor character in the first book that was hard to connect with as it was, so even though she did become one of the Five, she wasn’t high up on my list of choices to feature predominately in Demonkin. The book spends a good portion of time on her, and she’s just not an interesting character. She isn’t. Oh woe is me. I deserve to die. I’m gonna go out with a vengeance. I will destroy the ‘Veenies. Nobody loves me anymore. I… get the point yet? Its understandable that she is that way, but she wasn’t really likable in the first book, and nothing she does or says in this book makes her any more likable. Just because the character falls on the side of good, it doesn’t mean they’re a good character. Quite frankly, she bored me to the point I felt like I was slogging through the sections featuring her for at least three-quarters of them.
It was nice to see Kara, Sera, and Byn again. Ona and Xander were welcome characters too. Actually, I have to say I enjoyed seeing every one of the characters (minus Jyllith) again – even Aryn. Tania was a nice addition, and I think readers will like her. Another feisty female is always welcome in a fantasy book.
Part of Demonkin‘s problem is that when it was good – it was great! – but there wasn’t enough of that captivating spark of greatness in there to keep me interested. Probably from around 35% to 65% (give or take a bit in either direction), it was a difficult read. It lost my attention, I didn’t care what was going on, and it pretty much fell solidly into “eh, typical fantasy book” realm. Luckily the end really picked up, and I loved some of the battle scenes and deaths that happened.
The author promised me that Demonkin would be darker than Glyphbinder, and he delivered on that in a most satisfying manner. I loved that everything did not wrap up neatly, and that we did lose characters, and people did still have to deal with their issues.
Side note: Read Glyphbinder first. You will be utterly lost if you don’t. This is not a second book that is completely self-contained. You need the info the first book gives you to have a full picture of what’s going on.
Decent job from Eric Bakutis from his sophomore novel, overall. Lets just hope the third in this series returns to Glyphbinder greatness.
Title: Demonkin | Series: Tales of the Five Provinces | Author: T. Eric Bakutis (site) | Publisher: Self-published | Pub Date: 2015-12-18 | Pages: 336 | ASIN: B0192LHN4S | Genre: Fantasy | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 3 out of 5 | Date Read: 2015-12-25 | Source: Received a copy free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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