The quest of the demon is an action packed story which I think will particularly appeal to the younger section of the YA market. It tells the tale of Darci who unwittingly finds herself being summoned into the land of Nahaba by an apprentice wizard called Taslessian who doesn’t know how he transported her into his land or for that matter how to get her home again. After meeting Taslessian’s master, Belderon, the action starts beginning with a battle between Belderon and the evil Domati which leads to the death of Belderon.
It soon becomes apparent that Domati is aware of the presence of Darci in Nahaba and is determined to capture her and acquire her knowledge of her own world in the hope that doing so will make him more powerful. As the plot develops we find that Darci, Taslessian and the friends they make on the course of their journey have been chosen to prevent a catastrophic battle taking place between north and south Nahaba which requires Darci to take on challenges she would never have dreamt possible. I shan’t give away any further details here as I don’t want to spoil the ending!
I like the way that this book reads. The characters are well defined and quite easy to envisage within the plot. There is also quite an easy flow to the story and the reason I say that I think the book is more suitable for younger reader is because of the simplicity of the storyline. There are occasions when I think Darci is blindly accepting of this new world and the creatures in it and as a result I think this would particularly appeal to a younger reader’s imagination.
That said the world that Sawyer creates is rich in detail. Every scene, creature and battle was easy to envisage and I loved the interaction between Darci and Taslessian, especially his naivety when it came to their budding relationship. His confusion at his growing jealousy towards Darci and their friend Lief was very sweet! There was a range of characters in this book that I enjoyed reading about and I think that they add another dimension to this story.
I’ll be interested to see where Sawyer takes Darci and Taslessian given the ending of this book and I think there are many more adventures lying ahead for the two main characters. I look forward to reading all about them.