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The Daemon Parallel

on May 10, 2012

The Daemon Parallel
Written by Roy Gill
Price: £5.99
Recommended age: 10-15

Some books are slow starters; some grip you right from the get-go. Roy Gill’s The Daemon Parallel definitely falls into the second camp – you would have to go a long way to beat an opening line like this: “It was over coffee and biscuits that Grandma Ives offered to return Cameron’s father from the dead.” And the rest of the book, happily, lives up to its beginning, as Cameron discovers a whole new world full of daemons hiding behind the respectability of the Edinburgh he thought he knew. (Why have all the scary stories I have been reading this week set in Scotland or by Scottish writers? Hmmm…) But the world of Edinburgh parallel is a dangerous and treacherous place, where no-one is quite as they seem, and Cameron has to learn who can be trusted if he is ever to see his father again. With more twists and turns than a basilisk, and a truly exciting ending that kept me on the edge of my seat, The Daemon Parallel gripped me throughout and made me long for a sequel. Without doubting for a second it’s originality, it’s like a version of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere for teenagers – and there’s not much higher praise than that…

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3 responses to “The Daemon Parallel

  1. Roy says:

    Quick post to say I was really thrilled to discover your thoughtful review of The Daemon Parallel – and highly complimented by the Neil Gaiman / Neverwhere comparison. This one is getting quoted!

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