Book Review: Fire (The Ninth Circle #1) – C.A. Harland
Title: Fire Author: C.A. Harland Publisher: self published Publication date: 22 October 2017 Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Tala Morgenstern lives for the hunt, embracing her heritage as a demon hunter. When her younger sister, Hartley, disappears while on the trail of her long-lost father, Tala must seek the help of her other sister Aiva, who has turned her back on the underworld of magic and hunting. Suspecting demonic involvement, Tala and Aiva race to find Hartley before she can be claimed by hell.
Their search takes them deeper into the bowels of Dublin’s criminal underground, where the gangs are led by demons, and the currency is souls. With each Circle of hell bringing new dangers, and new revelations about their own place in the demon hunting world, Tala and Aiva have to rely on each other if they are to stand a chance of fighting their way to the Ninth Circle, and the demon lord who is waiting for them.
This book reminded me a lot of the supernatural TV series. It’s about a family of 3 people who used to hunt demons together. One person decided to quit and now another person of the family is missing and they have to go and find him/her in a world filled with monsters. I’m not saying that this is exactly the same or that there is some sort of plagiarism. I’m just pretty sure that if you like that TV show, you will probably like this to. It is exciting and scary and has many action scenes.
Let me start the actual review of by saying that I really liked the overall story. It was a unique story and I think the writer is really skilled in describing scenes and actions. The characters were also really detailed, something I consider one of the most important things in making or breaking a book. There were many surprises and plot twists which made it a real page turner at some points!
But I did have an issue with this book. I think it lacked some kind of side story. It was just the main story line and that was it. Everything that happened was something that was needed to understand the story. There was never a moment where there was a side track in any way. When there was a scene that wasn’t necessary to the plot it only lasted half a page and afterwards it was never mentioned again. Because of this lack of diversity in the story I got the feeling that it was just action scene after action scene. Don’t get me wrong, I liked the book. But it was just a little too much.
I’m looking forward to reading the other books in this series!