K J PARKER
GENRES/ SUBJECTS: Fantasy, Novella
A copy of this was provided free of charge from the publisher in return for an honest review.
Prosper’s Demon is a darkly funny novella about an exorcist.
The story is well told, through the snarky, sarcastic voice of the narrator. Even though the tone is funny, the writing is absolutely beautifully crafted, There were stunningly vivid descriptive phrases that really caught my eye.
“The pillow was shiny and sodden with blood, like low-lying pasture after a week of heavy rain.”
The plot itself is pretty fast-paced, there’s not much space for unnecessary details. Parker does a really good job of explaining the world-building and developing the main character. I might have liked to learn a bit more about the world and how the demons fit in, but it was a solid enough base for the story to set itself. The ending was really clever and surprised me.
The main issue I had with Prosper’s Demon was just that I wanted it to be more. Not in terms of length, the story is told perfectly within the shorter word count and I think the author made the right chose to fit it to a novella instead of a novel. However, because of the summary, the cover and the first few paragraphs, I thought the story would be darker, maybe even more disturbing.
A darkly funny, quick novella that’s sharp and unusual enough to be surprising.
A deeply memorable read.
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