Thursday, June 28, 2007

Demon Keeper by Royce Buckingham

A boy named Nat lives alone in a demon-infested house in Seattle. His job is to take care of the demons that live in the house. His most important duty is making sure that the dangerous demon in the cellar does not escape. One night he goes out on a date with a librarian named Sandy. The date is a disaster, and, when he returns to the house, the demon is out of the house, roaming the streets. He has to work together with his three bumbling demon assistants to catch the rampaging creature and avoid attacks from a mysterious man. On the way, he makes new friends and has to fight for his life.

In my opinion, the book was fun but lacking a strong plot. The setting and history of demons was interesting, well thought out, and detailed. However, the plot was rushed. The events were hurried, and I felt that they could have been expanded upon. For example, when thieves break into Nat's house and unwittingly free the demon in the cellar, it feels like the author just included it because it was necessary to the plot, not because it was interesting. The author just seems like he wants to get on with the story. The author could have put more detail into each scene. However, the demons and their funny antics are a redeeming point. All in all, the story had nice settings and characters, but lacked detailed action.

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 6

Reviewer Age: 13
Reviewer City, State and Country: Royersford, Pennsylvania USA