Book Review : The Demon Magician by Alex Dunn

The plot definitely deserves a huge credit for bringing in something new that had so many layers and plot twists that least the book stands apart in its genre in terms of plot and the core theme.

The Demon Magician by Alex Dunn Official Synopsis

We’ve all made a wish we’ve regretted, but what if you’ve asked an archdemon like Belphegor to grant it?

When Ella agrees to help fellow student Jonathan Trent with his audition into a mysterious magic, she never thought she’d fall in love with him. Nor did she ever conceived the three freakish judges named Hellmouth, Brimstone and Blackheart were actual demons, sent by Belphegor to recruit Jonathan.

Seduced by the lure of riches, his own Vegas show and not having to care for his aged grandparents, Jonathan enters into Belphegor’s service, and despite her own reservations Ella goes with him, in return for Belphegor making her disabled sister walk.

Then when Jonathan starts to behave like the ‘The Demon Magician’ offstage and Ella learns the true price of his gruesome magic tricks, she knows she has to stop him, but what can she do? Jonathan, has the power of Hell on his side and all she has is Matthew, her mum’s hunk of a gardener, who has no idea the demon world exists.

The Demon Magician RWAT Take

The demon Magician didn’t resonate with me for two things. One that the book almost starts abruptly without giving us a full background on the characters and situations that culminated into the events from where the book opens to. So while you can understand everything that is being said and happening in a particular instance, you actually dont have a clue about the bigger picture. Only just the events that is taking place and i personally don’t feel comfortable with that because without being able to see the before and after of a particular scene, you can’t fully immerse yourself into the story. Technically i understood everything that happened in the plot but not the plot in its exact form. I am not sure of the characters as to where did they come from and most importantly how things landed in the place from where the book starts.

Second part is the lack of proper depth into each scenes but then that can be overlooked. But i did wish that there was a bit more stagnancy to each scene so that a proper comprehension of the scene was possible and giving time to know and understand each of these characters more perfectly and in alignment to the plot.

The plot had so much potential to it. I loved the basic theme and story plot. All i wished more for the book was a bit introduction to the plot before it almost starts with the crux of the plot and leaving us bereft of the background details that could make all the difference.Secondly a bit more depth and layers to the plot would have made a huge difference. 


The demon Magician can be a good pick for you if you have been going through repetitive plots and are looking for something that is different to read. The only problem is that the book can be all about the surface. What you read is what you get. Nothing in terms of background or added attributes that could give a bit more clarity for the events and the characters. Then again the book is perfect to break the monotony of usual plots because the book definitely has a plot that keeps you guessing.

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