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Monday, February 15, 2010

A Tale of Two Demon Slayers by Angie Fox

A Tale of Two Demon Slayers by Angie Fox
Publisher: Dorchester
Genre: Paranormal
Length: Full (308 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

Last month, I was a single preschool teacher whose greatest thrill consisted of color-coding my lesson plans. That was before I learned I was a slayer. Now, it’s up to me to face curse-hurling imps, vengeful demons, and any other supernatural uglies that crop up. And, to top it off, a hunk of a shape-shifting griffin has invited me to Greece to meet his family.

But it’s not all sun, sand, and ouzo. Someone has created a dark-magic version of me with my powers and my knowledge—and it wants to kill me and everyone I know. Of course, this evil twin doesn’t have Grandma’s gang of biker witches, a talking Jack Russell terrier, or an eccentric necromancer on its side. In the ultimate showdown for survival, may the best demon slayer win.

Overriding prophecies, magic and supernatural creatures, “free will” is always in play. Each one is in charge of his or her own destiny. This firm belief echoes throughout this spellbinding tale.

Lizzie Brown, only two months ago morphed into a demon slayer, has not found time to gain a sure footing in her new role. She needs training. She has been a pre-school teacher, with plans, lists, color-coded files, and a decided idea of how things should be. Now she finds cursed, evil creatures coming at her from all sides. Just when she thinks she will have a vacation on the Greek Isle of Santorini with her griffin, shape-shifting love, Dimitri, she finds out a part of her magic has been stolen from Dimitri’s study.

Greek-god handsome and sexy as sin Dimitri is powerful, good, gifted, and loves Lizzie. His regret about his part in some of Lizzie’s magic being stolen from where he had put it sets him on a mission to retrieve her magic and to secure the safety of his family and home from the evil force that had power enough to circumvent his magic safeguards.

Lizzie’s grandma and her coven of Harley-riding witches may be a shock if you have not read The Accidental Demon Slayer or The Dangerous Book for Demon Slayers. They are a motley crew to be reckoned with in a fight, but they also create a delightful humor that give comic relief to the happenings.

Lizzie’s Jack Russell terrier, Pirate, keeps his own little sub-plot moving along and certainly does his share of supplying humor, especially with his pet Flappy.

Angie Fox propels the reader along with Lizzie as she learns and comes to accept her new self and her responsibilities. The level of her maturity reaches new heights as she come to understand the three truths of the demon slayer: “Look to the outside, Accept the universe, Sacrifice yourself”.

A Tale of Two Demon Slayers is full of intriguing characters, some good--some evil. As they interact with Lizzie, she comes to sense the greatness within herself, yet she is not quite able to grasp it until Rachmont, her trainer, and Dimitri open the way for her to see her destiny that she finally embraces.

Among all the supernatural creatures, the chaos, and humor, Angie Fox slips in some truths that offer food for thought about having the courage to fail in order to mature to be the best that one can be. A Tale of Two Demon Slayers is truly a story of “We will overcome”. It is exciting, humorous, and evocative reading.