The Demon Priest

by Jim Burrows | Science Fiction & Fantasy |
ISBN: 9798787044492 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 12/30/2021
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Thursday, December 30, 2021
I had to order a copy of this book as soon as I heard about it; the author is a longtime friend from back in my software-developer days!

Later: An entertaining linked-stories tale of a demon-turned-priest, who's doing his best to make life easier for his neighbors in his newly-adopted community. This is in a world rife with superheroes and villains, cults and eldritch abominations, and yes, even some purely mundane folk (though even those may have some unexpected talents!). It's a gleeful mashup of many fantasy/horror/superhero tropes - inspired, as the author's preface reveals, by a simple slip of the tongue when describing a proposed fantasy role-playing setting.

The characters include Shamsiel, aka Father Samuel Gregory, the titular demon priest; Lee, who narrates many of the stories, a street person with mental issues who is helpful to Father Gregory in acquiring the desanctified church where he establishes his home base, and is hired as sexton; Bishop Whitcomb, an ally; and many more.

The stories feature up-close-and-personal confrontations as well as larger-scale battles, with lots of riffs on RPG-type game mechanics - and with some touching relationships developing over time, as Father Gregory's growing found-family of allies get to know him and each other - and themselves. Lots of action, some humor, great affection for the genres!

Released 1 mo ago (2/5/2023 UTC) at Little Free Library, Revive Recovery Center in Nashua, New Hampshire USA


I left the book in the Little Free Library; hope someone enjoys it!

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** Released for the 2023 Asian Zodiac / Year of the Rabbit challenge, for the embedded "burrow" in the author's name. **

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