Prosper's Demon


paperback, 104 pages

Published Jan. 28, 2020 by

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5 stars (2 reviews)

In a botched demonic extraction, they say the demon feels it ten times worse than the man. But they don’t die, and we do. Equilibrium.

The unnamed and morally questionable narrator is an exorcist with great follow-through and few doubts. His methods aren’t delicate but they’re undeniably effective: he’ll get the demon out — he just doesn’t particularly care what happens to the person.

Prosper of Schanz is a man of science, determined to raise the world’s first philosopher-king, reared according to the purest principles. Too bad he’s demonically possessed.

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4 stars

Normally I'd consider it a red flag when a character speaks directly to the reader in first person and says, "You're probably not going to like me." It screams of edginess for its own sake and I feel like I need to settle in for something that's going to try so hard to be jarring and surprising that it fails to do so. And yet, that happens here, and I still managed to be surprised (in a good way!).

Fantasy novellas tend to be sparse, but this has got to be a record for describing the bare minimum of the worldbuilding, if there's even a way to measure that metric. But maybe because I was given the bare minimum to understand what was going on I wanted to know more. Hell, three of the main characters weren't even named and I was still hooked on their dynamics and interactions. But …

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