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My review of urban fantasy Dawn of a Demon by Christine Schulz

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The fight to save my city and everyone in it has only just begun. It’s time to sharpen the cat claws and unleash the spider fangs because this half shifter is out to catch her prey.

There’s a toxic memory-warping drug sweeping the city streets and its deadly magic is breaking the minds of everyone around me. The brain-melting poison has already claimed the life of my good friend, and if that’s not bad enough, the criminal mastermind responsible for this chaos has a grudge against my father and viciously attacks him along with the family business. There’s not much that gets under my skin, but things are starting to feel a bit personal.

That’s why I’m about to break every rule in the book and do whatever it takes to bring down the savage who decided to drag my friends and family into this mess.

Unfortunately, saving the city and the people I care about comes at a cost. My mission takes an unexpected twist and when I discover the true reason this magic has infested my home, I’m forced to make an impossible choice: do I protect the people I love or put an end to this catastrophe once and for all to stop more minds from being destroyed ever again?

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Excerpt from Dawn of a Demon

Bright green sticky goo erupted from the bullet, and like heavy duty bubblegum, it stuck him in place. Feet cemented to the ground, he tried to jerk free as I trotted over to him, ripping a knife from a sheath on my hip with one hand and flashing the sharp pointed claws protruding from my fingertips on the other. I approached Davian warily, and he returned my frown with a smirk.

“Nice try,” he sneered.

Water slipped down Davian’s body, and the elastic substance securing him in place washed right off. He threw out his arms in front of him and a water cannon shot from his palms like a fire hose, the swirling cyclone plastering my face and pushing me back.

Despite popular belief, human cats do not always land on their feet.

My Review of Dawn of a Demon

It’s been a while since I did any serious urban fantasy reading, but this premise grabbed my attention like crazy. It was a combination of my fantasy fiction side and my psychology background—I’ve always found memory to be so fascinating. I wanted to study dreams and memories before I switched tracks to fiction. But I digress, I was very interested, and the exploration of memory and magic didn’t disappoint. And the big pharma angle was both chilling and a little too real.

The characters were fun and quirky. There’s some romance, which was adorable, and the ending, without spoiling, both quenched my curiosity and left room for a sequel. I wanted to punch the villains a few times for how they treated people, which goes along with all the punching in the book. There was a lot of punching. I actually was very impressed with these characters’ abilities to stay conscious and upright after a while. I personally think they should have died a few times, even with magical healing, but I’m glad they didn’t.

The action felt a bit too non-stop at a few points, and the pacing was a bit slow in the beginning. Otherwise, though, this was all kinds of fun, and props to the author for her shifter ability creativity. So cool, and I got some major Spider-Man vibes. I recommend this one.

About Christine Schulz

Christine is a pug loving foodie who has an unhealthy obsession with unicorns, and you’ll definitely see bits of that shine through in her stories. As a young child, she would put her imagination to work, pretending to live in a fantasy world where she could fly, fight the bad guys, and save the world. Although she could never master the art of flying, she did manage to eventually put all those ideas down on paper and is currently working on two series: Black Sheep and NightFly.

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