Shadow Stalker Double Feature Tour – Review of Demon Hunt

I’m thrilled to be part of Renee’s double feature tour. Not only is she sharing with us the details of the next episode of Shadow Stalker, she has also just released a prequel to the series. The cover design for Demon Hunt is by Kathryn Jenkins, and I’m sure you’ll agree it’s pretty great.

Demon Hunt

Review

I thoroughly enjoyed Demon Hunt, the prequel to the Shadow Stalker series. I’ve come to know Kado and Auren pretty well over the last four episodes, so this was a wonderful opportunity to explore their earlier relationship. Their camping trips play a big part of the journey, and reference is made to Auren’s childhood training, so taking this adventure with them was a special treat.

My favourite thing about Demon Hunt is undoubtedly the fact I got to see things from Kado’s point of view. I was drawn to him from the first episode, but since the series is predominantly told from Auren’s point of view, there were times when I wanted to get inside Kado’s head.

Demon Hunt gave me a chance to learn his motivations and, more importantly, to see a lighter side to his nature. I really enjoyed Renee’s descriptions of him. As a character he is extremely compelling, and his relationship with Auren is one of the things I love about the series.

The story also revealed more about the bond Kado and Auren share. Due to the way they lived in the beginning, and the necessity to hide Auren’s identity, Kado had to to wipe her memories on a regular basis. He could not risk detection, but he also needed an opportunity to train her without barriers. The conflicts, as always, were handled beautifully. Seeing both sides brought me closer to them as a reader.

Demon Hunt is a peek into the past, allowing readers to uncover some of the mystery behind Auren’s training regimen and also her past. It is also an adventure. As she unwittingly releases a demon into the world, the pair must hunt the creature and deal with the aftermath of her mistake. It made for an emotional, exciting and engaging read.

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Demon Hunt – Synopsis

Auren longs for adventure and a break from her tedious life on Appolia. It’s the start of summer, and she is looking forward to her yearly camping trip with her foster father, Kado. She believes these trips are for fun, but when they arrive on Luten Isle, Kado informs her that she is a shadow stalker, and she is in training.

One morning, Auren decides to take her training into her own hands. She only means to practice seeing the veil to the shadow world, the world of the shadow people and the source of their power. Instead, she opens the veil releasing a demon, a guardian of the shadow world, into the physical world.

With the deadly beast loose, she and Kado don’t have long to hunt it down and return it to where it belongs, or many innocent people could die.

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Renee ScattergoodRenee Scattergood lives in Australia with her husband, Nathan, and daughter, Taiya. She was inspired to become a story-teller by George Lucas, but didn’t start considering writing down her stories until she reached her late twenties. Now she enjoys writing high fantasy, and has recently began publishing her first series, Shadow Stalker. Aside from writing, she loves reading (Fantasy, of course), watching movies with her family, and doing crafts and science experiments with her daughter.

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50 Comments

Great review. I really should check out Renee’s work!

Great review Melissa, can’t wait to dig into this book later tonight. I still love reading your reviews they are so fun to read.

Thanks so much for the awesome review, Melissa! You always give me such incredible reviews. You have no idea how good it makes me feel and how much I appreciate it! I just wish I was as good as you at writing them. 😀

    It’s my pleasure 🙂 I’m glad you like it. It was an excellent idea to show us a glimpse of their past and I really enjoyed spending time with them.

      I’ve got another prequel novel in mind, but this was goes further back and will likely be written after I’m done with the series. It’s going to be about Drevin’s downfall, the formation of the Galvadi Empire and Kado’s escape with Auren. I’ve also got my heart set on another series in the same world called The First Shadow Stalker. You’ll get to see how it all began and why. 😀

      Ooooh. That sounds very interesting. Do you plan to do pre-ordering on any of your books? It’s something you can do on Smashwords.

      Excellent 🙂 I love that idea!

      I know. That sounds awesome. I would think a custom cover for The First Shadow Stalker would be amazing.

Great review, I loved it. I wish I was as good at writing reviews as you are. It probably didn’t help that I wrote it about a week after I read the book.

I didn’t know Kathryn designed the cover. Nice to know that little titbit.

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