Wednesday 8 May 2019

Book Review: The Demon Girl's Song by Susan Jane Bigelow

Last Updated: 13 September 2021

The Demon Girl's Song by Susan Jane Bigelow book cover

AD* | More than anything, Andín dal Rovi wants to escape her small-town life, helping her father in the store, watching her younger brother prepare to take the place at University she’d longed for.

Instead of escape, she gets a thousand-year-old demon stuck in her head, and she loses everything – her home, her family and her country.

In the quest to regain her identity, she finds herself racing against time to uncover the secrets of her world – and save it from utter annihilation.

It's been a long while since I've had the pleasure of delving into a well-written, carefully crafted fantasy land and I really enjoyed getting to know the world explored in The Demon Girl's Song.

Well paced throughout, there was enough suspense and intrigue to keep me turning the pages without going at too fast a pace. The plot was also well structured, and I enjoyed getting to know more about each different region through the eyes of the main character, Andin, as she travelled the length and breadth of the land.

Most of the characters were fully fleshed out and each carried their own motivations and unique personality traits - although there were certainly a few surprises hidden along the way! I particularly enjoyed seeing the relationship between Andin and the demon progress as the story continued. Similarly, Yshe was an interesting character that I enjoyed reading about.

In my opinion, I felt that Andin adjusted to events a little too quickly. Not only is she young, but prior to the events of the book she lived quite a sheltered life and I feel she seems rather too worldly at points to be entirely in keeping with her character. However, this is a minor niggle at it didn't detract from my overall enjoyment of the story.

Overall, my biggest issue with the book (and the reason it wasn't rated higher) was its ending. Up until the very end, I found little fault with the plot, the characters, the setting, or the writing, then at the very end, I was left feeling both confused and a little cheated by the final chapter. Of course, I don't want to give anything away so I won't leave any spoilers, but I really wish that the author had penned a different ending to what was otherwise a brilliant story!

Rating: 3 stars

The Demon Girl's Song is available to buy now.

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* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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