Saturday, October 13, 2012
Review: Logic of Demons
Logic of Demons by H.A. Goodman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Book Info: Genre: Dark Fantasy
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Anyone
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author; he did not request it, but I am happy to provide an honest review.
Synopsis: What would you do if the love of your life was murdered by a deranged killer? Would you become a vigilante and seek retribution? And would this revenge affect those you care for in the afterlife? LOGIC OF DEMONS The Quest for Nadine's Soul takes you on a journey inside the psyches of men and women forced to deal with the spiritual consequences of their decisions. Through the lives of a demon, two Angels, and a mysterious teenage girl, a plethora of politically and socially relevant issues ranging from the roots of genocide and sex trafficking to child conscription and religious fundamentalism are addressed in this fantasy thriller. Life as well as the afterlife converge in this novel to explain certain peculiarities of the human condition. Whether you are God fearing individual or an atheist, LOGIC OF DEMONS The Quest for Nadine's Soul addresses moral and theological issues of interest for people of all backgrounds.
My Thoughts: I really enjoyed the second book in this series, Breaking the Devil’s Heart, which the author recommends reading first.
To say that my reading this weekend has been a little... eclectic is rather understating the matter. I have gone from a YA PNR to a darkly humorous thriller to... this. This is a disturbing book, and definitely a mind-twister. The first almost-half of the book is from the demons’ point-of-view and shows the insidious nature of the logic trail they encourage, the way that humans are encouraged to listen to their base natures and ignore their more merciful tendencies.
I enjoyed the way that Goodman showed that each side in this conflict – demons, Paladins, Angels – were absolutely convinced that they were the ones doing things right, the ones who truly had the best interests of all people on their minds, and truly believed in what they were doing. It couldn’t have been easy to twist one’s mind to all those different points of view, but I think he did it admirably.
And God remains silent – completely silent, leaving even those in the afterlife looking for direction, and having to find their own. I think this speaks directly to a part of all humanity: we need to find our own way. But we need to remember to be merciful and listen to our conscience, not our human nature. Highly recommended.
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