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Aug 16 2013

The demon trappers series by Jana Oliver

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Macmillan, 2013. ISBN 9781447241744.
(Age: 15+) This volume has two books under the one cover: Forsaken and Forbidden, book 1 and book 2 of The demon trappers series. There are two other books in the series, Forgiven and Foretold. On the back it states 'For older readers'.
The books revolve around the story of Riley Blackthorne, who has always wanted to be a Demon Trapper like her father who goes hunting demons with his sidekick, Beck. In the first book she is training as an apprentice Demon Trapper which, with school, takes up all her time. When younger she had had a huge crush on Beck but her interests now lie with Simon a fellow apprentice. When a Grade Five Geo-Fiend confronts Riley at the library and her world crashes around her, she takes on a massive struggle again the demons. The second book continues the saga with Riley growing in skill and confidence as a Demon Trapper.
This is an exciting start to the series. Riley is a strong heroine who has to grow up in a hurry. Her fights with the demons are exciting and the world building is well done. Supporting characters are well rounded and the action is more important than the inevitable love triangle.
An easy to read, quite addictive duo of books that is pure escapism and will be enjoyed by readers who like this genre featuring demons.
Pat Pledger

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