What if there were such a thing as demons who weren't evil?
What if music was the only way to save the world?
Jack Harper is no ordinary demon. He’s a Soul Reacher, able to connect to humans through emotions and steal their souls, bringing them to Hell before they have a chance at redemption. But that’s not the only thing that makes him different. He has one of the most coveted jobs among demons and he hates doing it.
When the violent, music-loving demon, Prince Buriel, escapes Hell and begins a deadly rampage on Earth, he unknowingly spawns a half-demon, a child that Lucifer wants to capture before he becomes worse than his father and causes a holy war. To accomplish the task, he sends Jack and three companions to hunt him in the most unexpected way: as a heavy metal band using music to bait him.
An angel in denial, Annabelle Colmyre has the boy under her wing, the child her Evangelical family claims is a demon. All she knows is she must protect him from something. When the passion for heavy metal comes out in him, she worries it’s too late. But there’s something about his favorite band that intrigues her too: a front man who has as much of a grip on her soul as he does on the boy she must protect.
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This story is an original and dark supernatural thriller. One that takes the perspective of the demons instead of the side of the angels. The descriptions are excellent, the characters are well-established, and the worldbuilding is superb.
The protagonists are rapidly established and the author does a good job of making them three-dimensional.
Even so, it is a very bleak storyline. The world the characters exist in seems to be at the mercy of horrors beyond comprehension. Three or four chapters in, there seems to be no heroic faction. The demons, meanwhile, are trapped in hell. They are every bit as tormented and miserable as the humans they target. While the humans themselves seem to be helpless victims of fate. They are totally unaware of an enemy they can't fight. It does seem that the main protagonist is building toward a heroic journey. However, this story takes a very slow-burn approach to it.
I'd recommend it if you enjoy horror or enjoy bleak settings. However, if you want something a bit more optimistic, it probably won't be for you.