• Ms. Coffey

"The Demon Tamer" by Christian Brancati

*I received this book in exchange for an honest review*

My favorite part was at the beginning of the novel when the characters were at the Colosseum. I thought that part set off the book on a good note, and it was full of action, new characters, and was a great preview into the world. 

This high fantasy novel takes place in a version of Ancient Rome and follows Damian and his adventures as he battles demons, travels the world, and goes on a journey of self-discovery. This story is full of mythology, history, creatures, magic, and more. 


The world-building in this story is full of detail. My only issue is that this world is a little too complicated for me because it combines Catholicism, Greek Mythology, Roman Mythology, and Egyptian Gods all into one colossal religion. There are also demons, dragons, vampires, demi-gods, mermaids, and more. Most of these elements usually can be combined, but in this situation, it felt like there was too much going on.  


While I was reading, I found a lot of hiccups in the writing. Since the author is for Italy, the flow of the sentence structure is not always correct. However, this was something that I could overlook and still enjoy the story. 


Despite so many elements, the organization of this book was straightforward. It followed a linear progression with a clear beginning, middle, and end. 


The characters are loveable, and they develop throughout the story. I fell for them at the very beginning of the novel, and I was rooting for them the whole time.


The symbols of good and evil are apparent throughout the book. Damian represents good, and the demons represent evil. I did enjoy the internal battle that Damian had to go through to realize who he is and where he came from. 


My favorite part was at the beginning of the novel, when the characters were at the Colosseum. I thought that part set off the book on a good note, and it was full of action, new characters, and was a great preview into the world. 


My least favorite part was the references to catholic, roman, greek, and Egyptian mythology. I wish the author would have stuck to one or two religions to focus on instead of so many. 


I give The Demon Tamer 3.5 out of 5 stars. I had to knock it down a star because there was just too much going on. There were too many elements influencing the characters that it became hard to focus on the story as a whole. I knocked it down a half star because of the choppy and incomplete writing. Even though it did not stop me from liking the story, it did interrupt my reading experience. 


Overall, I did enjoy reading this book. I thought that the author did a great job of coming up with a great story and world, but the execution was not the best. It is a shame because the small mistakes overshadowed the best parts of the novel. If you like reading new authors and are looking for a great story, then check out The Demon Tamer!





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