Friday, January 16, 2009

Review of Tosca Lee's Demon

I don't know if this is the best way to review, having just finished the book and not had time to sort out what I want to say. But, once you read this, and you MUST read this, you'll understand the need to pour out your experience without necessarily worrying about perfect wording.

That is what the protagonist, Clay, is forced to do throughout the book. He is approached by Lucian, one of Lucifer's demons, who says, "I'm going to tell you everything....and you're going to write it down and publish it." For months Clay interviews Lucian, and is possessed with putting his account on paper.

There are books that make you turn the pages, with pounding heart, on the edge of your seat...What happens next?

And there are books that make you linger over the prose, savoring the words--words rich with meaning and description--words that touch you and bring images to life in your mind.

Tosca Lee manages to do BOTH with Demon. You will want to ponder Lucian's words and take in her vivid descriptions, but you will find yourself at midnight...one a.m....reading "just one more chapter."

Her characterization skills astounded me. Every phrase, every comparison, every description of sensation and emotion evoked response that I could relate to, because Clay, let's face it, could be any of us. Is all of us.

Lucian will shatter any preconceived ideas you have about demons. And Tosca's talent made me green with envy as I read her descriptions of him. Lucian appeared as a different person at each interview, and Tosca kept his core character consistant through the entire novel, while imbuing him with traits of the person whose physical form he chose. It is hard enough to keep a character consitant as one person, but when he rotates through personas...well, Tosca is either brilliant or suffering a serious case of multiple personality disorder.

Now, I have no choice but to read her second book, Havah. You don't find an author like this and just stop after the first book.

Find out more about Tosca Lee and her books at the following websites:
http://www.toscalee.com/
http://www.demonamemoir.com/

2 comments:

Shawna Williams said...

My husband is gonna kill me if I don't stop buying books. But now, I gotta get this one!
Maybe I'll win it from someone's blog. Know of anyone who's giving a copy away?

Janet L. Rockey said...
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