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There Be Demons (Andor Demon Wars Series Book #1) by M.K. Theodoratus – Review by Angela Hayes

There Be DemonsThere Be Demons by M.K. Theodoratus
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

There Be Demons is the first book in the Andor Demon Wars Series by M.K Theodoratus is a really great YA urban fantasy- with an action-packed adventure woven through it. There is lots of danger, demons, gargoyle guardians, discoveries, mayhem, drama, mystery, magic, battles, and so much more…. As with my previous read from Ms. Theodoratus, this story made for great reading, with an intriguing plot, well written story, fantastic world building, and interesting characters who swept me along with them as their adventure unfolded, engaging my attention right till the very end.
This is a very different world to ‘ours’- where the city of Trebridge has been invaded by Demons from Gehenathh. The only thing standing in the demon’s way are four gargoyle guardians who are tasked with protecting the city. When Gillen, the leader of the gargoyles sends for reinforcements, the commanders (Angeli) send four inexperienced teenagers to help battle the demons.
Britt Kelly is one of the teens who were drafted by the Angeli commanders and sent to fight beside the gargoyle guardians in The Demon Wars. There is a lot to learn, especially if they hope to win. As these unlikely heroes hold the fate of Trebridge and all humankind in their hands. .
This has a definite good vs evil theme to it that had me cheering the band of misfits on- anxiously reading to find out how the story plays out. Again, Ms. Theodoratus has created wonderful characters who have their own, somewhat quirky, and very individual personalities- who continued to develop and grow over the course of the story. Brit and her friends definitely discover a lot, not only about the world (of demons) but also about themselves.
Well done!

Thank you, Ms. Theodoratus!

 

Reviewed by @angelahayes

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There Be Demons (Andor Demon Wars Book 1) by M. K. Theodoratus – Review by Emily Walsh

There Be DemonsThere Be Demons
ByM.K. Theodoratus
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

There Be Demons (Andor Demon Wars Book 1) by M. K. Theodoratus was an addicting read that had me hooked.

Not my first read by this author, I knew going in that I was in for an detailed rich read, full of wonderful characters. I was not disappointed, this book met all my expectations and more.

A solid read, I loved the flow and the pacing. I will say that this book put a lot of time into building up the characters, a lot of introductions, background, and setting up the overall plot. This book, in the greater sense is a set up book for the series to come. This seems to be the growing trend lately, and to be frank, I’m not that big of a fan of it. Now, as far as set up books goes this one was pretty freaking good, and if the background was tone down a tad, I’d say it would have had the perfect balance. It was the shortness of the action scenes that threw off that formula. I think if those action scenes were a bit longer, and a little more often, then that would have shot this book up into the stars.

Overall this book is worth the read, and I’m invested. For a book about demons and war, it’s a pretty fun read. It’s entertaining, engaging and original. Yeah sure there’s some predictable YA tropes, but they’re written in such way where they’re not annoying but a fun nod. So please take my super high recommendation and my stamp of approval, that you will fall into this uniquely fresh world that will have you wanting more.

Happy Reading

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There Be Demons (Andor Demon Wars Book 1) By M. K. Theodoratus – Review by Laura Furuta

There Be DemonsThere Be Demons by M.K. Theodoratus
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There Be Demons (Andor Demon Wars Book 1)
By: M. K. Theodoratus
5 out of 5 stars

The story There Be Demons (Andor Demon Wars Book 1) by M. K. Theodoratus is a wonderful fantasy book that I loved reading. It is a story that does an amazing job of world building and includes action, magic, and danger. It is a book that drew me in from the beginning and I was hooked. It had me turning pages wondering what was going to happen next. I enjoyed reading about the character of Britt Kelly. She is a girl who at times is angry and is having a hard time dealing with her parent’s divorce. She then finds herself and a few of her friends drafted to become demon hunters with a group of Gargoyle guardians all the while dealing with the normal day to day worries of being a teenager. Will Britt and her friends be able to stop the evil demon’s plans? Read this book to find out. This story will appeal to anyone who loves fantasy and a fight between good vs. evil. Being a teenager is hard enough without the fight that Britt and her friends have on their hands. Worrying about schoolwork, what others say about them, and even a little romance makes for a full life. Add in demons and it gets quite hectic. Britt and her friends are teenagers in the way that they question authority and those who try to control what they do. I loved the spirit they show and also the loyalty that they have for each other. I enjoyed how detailed that the book was. There are times that I felt like I was right there with Britt and her friends. This is a story that had me glued to the pages until I had read the final one. It is a wonderful first book in a series and a story that I would recommend reading.

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There Be Demons (Andor Demon Wars Book 1) by M.K. Theodoratus – Review by Bobbi Wagner

There Be DemonsThere Be Demons by M.K. Theodoratus
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this action packed young adult story. I found this story to be fast paced, engaging and creative. This is a story about Britt and her friends and the journey they take us on protecting the town from demons. They are all great, strong characters that make the story come alive. They are creative and connectable. I think that Britt is my favorite because she is spunky, determined, just a great character. I enjoyed watching her figure out her powers. I highly recommend this book.

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There Be Demons (Andor Demon Wars Book 1) by M. K. Theodoratus

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Genre – YA paranormal fantasy
Page count – 295 pages
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Britt Kelly’s life has blown up in her face. After her parents’ divorce, her family moves from the suburbs of Trebridge into her half-sister’s apartment in the projects. Britt must adjust to poverty, a new high school, and a step-mother who hates her and her younger brothers. But these aren’t Britt’s worst problems. She discovers she’s been drafted to help the Gargoyle Guardians of her city to fight the demons invading her city.

In the mage-fought Demon Wars, the minions of Prince Vetis have built a secret base in Trebridge behind the Kingscourt’s battle lines. Like most humans, Britt didn’t know demons existed before she was drafted to fight them with three new friends. Now she must fight against the evil that threatens her city.

As the demon forces grow, the Gargoyle Guardians of the city must teach the four teens to use enough “Grace” as a weapon to survive. Britt’s new problem: learning to control her magical powers…in spite of Gillen, the gargoyle leader, pissing her off with his fussy rules and demands.

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A Northern California gal, M. K. Theodoratus has been intrigued by fantasy since she discovered comic books and the land of Oz. Some of my early favorites were A. Merritt, Andre Norton, and Fritz Lieber. She has traveled through many fantasy worlds since then.

When she’s not disappearing into other writer’s worlds, she’s creating her own alternative worlds — that of Andor where demons prey and that of the Far Isle Half-Elven where she explores the social and political implications of genetic drift on a hybrid elf/human people. Magic and mayhem are her favorite topics.

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Running from Demons by M.K. Theodoratus – Review by Cynthia Ayala

Running from DemonsRunning from Demons by M.K. Theodoratus
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Interesting novel. The most impressive part of the book is Pillar and the challenges she faces in her life, in the way her coming-of-age story explores identity. Pillar is a girl who is trying to find her place in a world surrounded by people with power. Everyone around her has power, but to be mundane, to be a null, especially with a mother who wasn’t, it complicates her life and, in ways, makes her an outcast. Which is unfortunate. But that’s also what makes Pillar strong. Pillar faces adversity from all around her, along with demons. Pillar is a great voice for a generation that often feels ignored. She has spent her whole life being put down only to rise in the face of adversity and challenge it, and that’s what makes her great, that challenge, that’s what makes her shine in the novel.

The added element of this hidden power she has within her, it also makes her compelling because it’s not a power she needs to define her, it’s just power she happens to have, the power that was hidden from everyone around her. And that’s great because it adds history to the novel, it adds context to the universe this story is being told in.

Now, the other characters in the novel, well the fact is that there are just too many. Some of them are great, but some of the dynamics between the characters, they don’t get to flourish as they should have. There’s just so much story crammed into this one novel that it almost feels like two novels are trying to coexist and squeeze together. Now, that’s only due to the pace of the book and the scene dynamics. There’s just so much richness in the scenes and story that once the door opens for exploration, its shut and the reader is shoved down a hall towards another door. That’s the biggest fault of the novel, this idea that so much had to be crammed into it for M.K. Theodoratus to tell this story and adventure of Pillar.

Despite that, however, the story is inventive and does provide readers a unique urban fantasy. It has a context to it and many great characters that make it a fun story. The story could have easily been 200 pages longer max, and it wouldn’t have dragged out the story. There’s just so much happening, and the level of detail makes the readers eager for something that doesn’t fully get explored. Pillar’s continuously moving in the novel and so it the reader. Roots are not forming here, but that might be intentional since Pillar is searching for roots of her own, a history of her own. So on that level, the reader can truly connect to the main character in a powerful way which is what makes the story, in the end, compelling.

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Running from Demons By M.K.Theodoratus – Review by Dawn Daughenbaugh

Running from DemonsRunning from Demons by M.K. Theodoratus
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Star
Running from Demons By M.K. Theodoratus is a fantasy/coming of age book.This is my first read by this Author and it won’t be my last. I truly enjoyed this book and had a hard time putting it down once I got started.This is the story about Pillar Beccon. She’s a young girl trying to find out more of her moms past. I found myself relating to Pillar at times. She’s a stubborn yet independent and one who cares about others. Pillar is also a null or someone without magic . She doesn’t always get treated the best by other people. Gryerrque is demon whom discovers pillar and what she is. Will pillar find out why her mom left her family?Does Gryerrque capture Pillar? I like this author’s style of writing and ability to grab one’s attention and keep it till the end. I highly recommend this book and can’t wait to read more from this Author.
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Running from Demons by M.K.Theodoratus- Review by Samantha Scannell

Running from DemonsRunning from Demons by M.K. Theodoratus
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was action packed with great detail. Unfortunately i didn’t read the first book
Cuz it’s not something I normally read. The author did a good job with this book. I unfortunately could not get into the book enough and found myself skimming as a I read. So I gave the book 4 stars because she was a good author from what I seen with a great eye for this genre. Which is evident in the writing. It was a good book just not something I would normally read or get into.

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Running from Demons by M.K. Theodoratus – Review by Erica Fish

Running from DemonsRunning from Demons by M.K. Theodoratus
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This coming of age book Running from Demons was an amazing read. M.K. Theodoratus has a gift of spinning tales that will emerge you into the story and forget about what is going on in the background. I found magic, demons, action, and new world between the covers of the book. It was enjoyable to have a variety. The story is about Pillar Beccon. She is a young girl who does not have magic and is called a “Null”. She is trying to figure out what happened to her mom. That was the wrong move because she was found before she knew what was getting into there was danger at her heels trying to stop her. Will Pillar ever figure out what is going on? I sure hope so. I cannot wait to read the third book “Rendezvous with Demons.”

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Running from Demons by M. K. Theodoratus – Review by Jenni Bishop

Running from DemonsRunning from Demons by M.K. Theodoratus
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Running from Demons by M.K. Theodoratus is a young adult paranormal fantasy book.  There is magic and demons and creatures. M.K. paints a picture with her description of  the characters and places within their world and the attention to detail makes it easy to  read. I found it hard to get into it was a but slow for me to start and took me a while to  settle in to it. There is plenty of action, a little romance and coming of age. There is  danger and a sense of longing, of wanting to belong but always being different even in  a world that is of difference.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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