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Saturday, October 5, 2013

The Finishing Fairies presents: CONFRONTING THE DEMON by Ciara Ballintyne

The gates to hell are thrown wide when Alloran is betrayed by his best friend, Ladanyon, and framed for forbidden magic. He is hunted by the guards and the wizards both, tormented by the gruesome murder of his friends and loved ones, and crippled by fear for the living. Now Alloran must face his demons, or damn the woman he loves.

Including bonus short story A Magical Melody

When a lethal spell is stolen from a locked and warded room, Avram must hunt down the thief before the song of power buries a city of innocents beneath a thousand tons of ice.
Book Information

Confronting the Demon by Ciara Ballintyne
Date of Publication – 1 October 2013
ISBN-13: 978-0-9923466-0-7 (print)
ISBN-13: 978-0-9923466-1-4 (ebook)

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A_TiffyFit's Review:
I admit to being a paranormal junkie, so I jumped at the chance to read this short novel when offered an ARC. I'm not usually a short novel person as they rarely leave me satisfied, burning with a bunch of unanswered questions.
This book was not that kind of short novel.

Author Ciara Ballintyne's writing paints a world and characters so vivid that I could picture the streets and alleys, practically smelling the rank, sweet yet foul rotting smell of the body Alloran discovers. The pace is phenomenal not only because it is fast and keeps the plot moving forward but because there is such a wealth of information in so few words! I could've read more and more for hours and hours, but Ballintyne wraps it all up in one suspenseful, tidy package. There's repressed emotions, a man on the run, magic, demons, a frenemy who has become sinister and malicious, and a sweet budding romance. I was rather amazed at the intricacies of the plot and background information given in such a short novel. There's room for so much more without making you feel as if you're missing a thing; you just want to unfurl THAT CORNER OVER THERE that was mentioned and explore there.

So, did Alloran save himself? Did he save the day? Did his former best friend triumph? ;) You gotta read to find out!

About Ciara Ballintyne

Ciara Ballintyne was born in 1981 in Sydney, Australia, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, one masochistic cat, and one cat with a god complex. She holds degrees in law and accounting, and has been a practising financial services lawyer since 2004. She is both an idealist and a cynic.

She started reading epic fantasy at the age of nine, when she kidnapped Castle of Wizardry by David Eddings from her father. Another two years passed before she began her first attempts at the craft of writing. Confronting the Demon is her debut book.

She enjoys horse-riding, and speculation about taking over the world. If she could choose to be anything it would be a dragon, but instead she shares more in common with Dr. Gregory House of House. M.D.

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