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Not bad, but pales next to Lord Loss
on 16 April 2014
Although I thought that Lord Loss was amazing, Demon Thief was a little disappointing.
Kernel is a slightly more sympathetic protagonist than Grubbs Grady, and we do get a bit more of a feel for his life and family ties before disaster befalls him, however Demon Thief is much more of a standard tale of demon hunting that offered nothing especially original. While it did expand of the universe of Lord Loss, putting some mechanics in place that look as though they will be important in future instalments, it lacked the gripping climax and character development of the original.
I also felt that the twist was made too obvious early on. I had figured out most of the twists of the novel by the time Kernel met Beranabus and so found the end of the story to be a bit of a let down.
I intend to stick with the series as I understand that the next novel is a direct sequel to Lord Loss, but I did not really think that there was anything remarkable about this title.