2 out of 4 stars
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Raven’s Peak by Lincoln Cole is a supernatural story. The world according to the book is full of demons for real and they are constantly trying to get into this human world and spread devastation across. A group of psychos who worship these demons help them get into this world. As an anti to this bad group there exists a good group which tries to fight the demons from getting into this world.
The story is about a very stubborn and powerful demon. This demon was trying to establish itself in this world by obtaining a body and in the process had killed several girls. Before it could wreak further havoc the best fighter of the demon fighting group sacrifices himself to stop this demon. Then comes two protagonists one male and one female. The female character is part of a group which fights demons while the male character is the guy next door but had obtained a theology degree. They meet in strange circumstances and the rest of the story is how they together fight to beat the dangerous demon.
There are lot of open-ended questions in the book. First the male protagonist name is ‘Hatim’ which is not a Hindu religion name while his father ‘Aram Malhotra’ is a Hindu name. Looks like an anomaly that never got explained. Second, Hatim’s father shows reluctance in his sisters’ death. It’s suspected could be because of demons but the angle was never explored. Hatim being a normal guy gets into fighting the demon in very strange circumstances, again this could be because of his father being part of demon fighting group or something special with the male protagonist, but there was no light shed on this.
One instance which was dealt rather oddly is Hatim’s role in the killing of demon. It looked little thin or rather silly of how Hatim destabilizes the demon. This part could have been dealt better still using the same tool especially by adding why that tool was effective given the fact that Hatim himself didn’t believe in the tool up until that moment.
The plot of the story is simple but is a very good one and is very fertile to span several sequels and prequels. Also helping the sequels and prequels are the open-ended questions. The book is well edited with no mistakes worth noting. It is fast paced and quite engaging. I would go with 2 out 4 stars.
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