The first in a series, TC Southwell’s Demon Lord tells the story of Mirra, a young healer who cannot find it within herself to hate, and Bane, a Demon Lord who seems incapable of caring for anyone.
Bane has been sent to the Overworld by his father, the dark god Arkonen, to destroy the seven blue wards that trap him in the Underworld. What Bane doesn’t realise is that Arkonen is not his real father – Bane was stolen from his human mother at birth, raised as Arkonen’s son and trained in the usage of the dark powers, because only a human can enter the Overworld and free Arkonen from the Underworld.
Mirra, too, has been unknowingly raised to serve one purpose only: the purest and most powerful of healers, only she has a chance of turning Bane from his task.
Near the start of this story, Mirra is captured by Bane’s army of humans and dark beasts. Bane discovers that he is unable to cause her pain and, determined to discover a way in which to hurt her, he ignores his father’s orders to kill her immediately.
Despite being forced to be witness to the murder and mayhem that Bane causes all who cross his path, Mirra tries to ease the pain that using the dark power causes him. Bane, however, is convinced that she is trying to kill him, and becomes all the more cruel to her.
It’s certainly good to see local fantasy talent blooming, and, although I’m not a lover of the black and white version of ‘good versus evil’, I thoroughly enjoyed Demon Lord. Anyone who enjoys a good fantasy filled with deceit, betrayal and a little romance thrown in on the side should enjoy Demon Lord.
(review of free book)