Band of Demons by Rob Blackwell
The mix of suspense, mythology, legends, urban folklore, ghosts and hauntings, good versus evil are woven into this incredible tale.
The past is always at your heels…
Quinn O’Brion and Kate Tassel, two community journalists, tapped into a dark power last Halloween in order to stop a vicious serial killer. But they are still grappling with their new abilities–and wondering if what they unleashed may soon consume them.
While they confront what they have become, a new threat is hunting them–a force that could destroy their whole town.
Band of Demons continues the epic story of The Sanheim Chronicles, a trilogy that blends mystery, suspense and urban fantasy.
About Rob Blackwell:
Rob Blackwell is a journalist who currently serves as Washington Bureau Chief for American Banker newspaper. A native of Great Falls, Va., he has worked as a reporter for the Loudoun Times-Mirror, Eastern Loudoun Times and a columnist for the South County Chronicle.
He is the author of The Sanheim Chronicles, a trilogy that combines urban fantasy, mystery and humor. “A Soul to Steal” and “Band of Demons” were both Kindle bestsellers. The final book in the series, “Give the Devil His Due,” was published on Oct. 1, 2013.
Rob has won several Virginia Press Association awards and was co-winner of the Jesse H. Neal Award for Business Journalism. He has appeared several times on other media outlets, including NPR, BBC, CNBC and C-Span.
He lives in Virginia with his wife and two children.
Review by JLL 1:
I really enjoyed A Soul to Steal when it came out. I was anxiously waiting for this book, Band of Demons, and bought it as soon as Mr. Blackwell posted it was available. Read it in one day.
I have to say, it’s better than the first book, which is a surprise, because it’s hard to find a sequel that beats the original. I’ve always like this type of story – it’s a mystery, suspense, thriller, and supernatural story all in one. Just like the first book, it keeps you guessing until the end at how things will play out.
A job well-done, in my opinion, and I can’t wait for the final installment.
Review by Jeep Diva:
As I finished A Soul to Steal last year I wondered about if the Prince of Sanheim would have any long term effects on Quinn and Kate. , Was just a one-time occurrence or perhaps a situational incident? That question was answered almost immediately. Kate and Quinn are still trying to understand all of what happened to them last Halloween.
They also have to defend their work as journalists while constantly being questioned about the details of what really happened to Lord Halloween. The allegations about the events soon turn into minor problems compared to the newest threat to arrive in Loudoun County. If they can take on a supernatural power it stands to reason that others can too.
The new threat allowed for Kate and Quinn to discover so much more about the Prince of Sanheim. As reporters they have overly inquisitive minds, but it is difficult to research something that is supposed to be legend. The more they learn about their abilities the more they have to use them. They have a formidable foe this time that is not trying to hide their actions. The fight scenes are intense, and the destruction is brutal.
My favorite type of character in any book is the one you never know what team they are really on. Kieran was a wonderful addition to this story. I constantly wondered if he was batting for team evil, or was he really trying to help the good guys, at some point I wondered if he was just focused solely on himself and motivated completely for selfish reasons. In the end my conclusion is I hope he knows what the hell he is talking about. I still have no clue where his allegiance truly stands. I loved his character!
The ending… Oh my god! I theorized many things coming. I never saw that happening. My anticipation for the next book is way beyond high. Book three of the Sanheim Chronicles cannot get into my hands soon enough! Band of Demons was a thrill ride. The mix of suspense, mythology, legends, urban folklore, ghosts and hauntings, good versus evil are woven into this incredible tale.