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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
Demon Heart by David Crane is a great addition to the literature that has captured the spirit and soul of the Japanese people, a compelling story told in a powerful, unique voice, which comes across clearly, imparting insights about the human condition and the struggle between good and evil. Naoko Kitamura, a cop working with the Osaka police, could never have known about her true identity and her roots had she not suffered a very ruthless attack that left her at the point of death. At that point, she awakens into her true self; she is a demon hybrid, endowed with extraordinary powers. Now, she has to understand her nature, redefine her mission, and reconcile with the fact that she is a creature of darkness and light.
Naoko Kitamura is a well-developed character and, when considered closely, she reflects many truths about the human person and his destiny, the eternal struggle between good and evil, and the insatiable hunger that haunts the human spirit to embrace its destiny. David Crane has created a character that is extraordinary, yet close to the human soul. The first level of conflict is personal; it is the powerful conflict lived within the soul of the protagonist herself. Naoko Kitamura will have to fight the deadly adversaries that are bent on usurping all the power in her land. But one of the toughest enemies she’ll fight will be herself.
Demon Heart is well-crafted in beautiful prose and I enjoyed the first person narrative which allows the reader the opportunity to appreciate the psychological conflict even better. In his inimitable style, the author takes readers on a journey into the heart of a powerful creature, a journey filled with intense action, escalating conflict, and many surprising turns. The story is captivating and entertaining, and readers will enjoy the many aspects of the Japanese culture that come across clearly in the story.