Demon In The Window

Fiction - Fantasy - General
340 Pages
Reviewed on 11/05/2014
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Reviewed by Lorena Sanqui for Readers' Favorite

If you are not for the Lord, then you are against Him; but Mavado is neither. For the angels and Watchers, everything is black and white, but for Mavado there are many shades of gray. Punished to roam the world as a demon, Mavado seeks refuge in the body of Jericho in exchange for protecting the boy from his father, who intended to kill him. Many years later, Jericho and Mavado find out about the existence of Watchers, angels who are possessing bodies of humans to take on the task of ridding the world of demons. When a very strong opponent surfaces, Mavado and Jericho offer their help to fight the evil that the Watchers might not defeat alone. Will Jericho finally find his purpose and will Mavado’s real intentions be revealed in Demon in the Window by Judah Swann.

With a fascinating plot, Demon in the Window pulls you into its story from the very first page. The suspense never stops and the action is three-dimensional. Judah Swann’s writing is sophisticated and descriptions are vivid. Even for a demon, the characters were likable and believable. Many passages from the Bible were explained and interpreted in a way I’ve never heard before and it was very interesting and enlightening. The slow but deliberate buildup of events leading towards the conclusion was really thrilling. If that was the ending, it was very good, but I hope this becomes a series, or at least another book because I would really like to know more about what happened to the characters after the last page. A wonderful, page-turner fantasy read, definitely five stars.

Jack Magnus

Demon in the Window is a paranormal thriller written by Judah Swann. Jericho Coleman is an average 6-year-old with a doting mother and a too-busy father until one terrifying night when his life comes crashing down around him. He had gone to sleep after a quiet evening with his mother and was woken by the sound of her screams. Jericho runs through the house and is horrified to see his father slashing at his mom. He rushes into the study, the place where his father always worked when he was home, and hides under the desk. As he waits for the footsteps to reach him, a figure from his dreams bends down to talk to him. His name is Mavado and his hands are claw-like with long sharp nails, but he also might be the angel his mother used to sing about; the angel who would come to save him from harm.

Judah Swann’s paranormal thriller, Demon in the Window is a marvelous read. Mavado and Jericho are an inspired team, as are the angelic-human Guardian teams they become uneasy allies with in the fight against the demons who've possessed human beings. Demon in the Window is also one of the most intriguing and original coming of age stories I’ve ever read as Jericho grows up with a demon for a mentor and confidante. Swann plays with the concepts of good and evil throughout this urban fantasy, and I frequently found myself agreeing with Mavado that the black and white mindset of the Watchers is flawed. Far more attractive and right, somehow, are the shades of gray Mavado sees the world through. This book is filled with intense action as the Watchers and Mavado intensify their hunt for an uber-evil foe who’s built a demonic army capable of withstanding their holy might. Demon in the Window is fast-paced and exciting, and it’s highly recommended.

Natasha Jackson

Demon In The Window tells the story of Jericho Coleman who, as a young child, witnessed his father killing his mother. Cowering in fear from the man whom he thought of as a hero, Jericho is approached by a voice that often came to him in his dreams, offering protection in this moment and all others for a price. The price, of course, is refuge in the boy’s mind, his heart and soul. But young Jericho has no knowledge of lies or demons or sin, so he believed this was the voice of the angel his mother spoke of to protect him in times of need. Judah Swann does a brilliant job of setting the opening scenes of this story, pulling the reader in and putting us instantly in the position of Jericho’s protector.

One might think with a title like Demon In The Window that the story would immediately begin with Mavado —the demon — and Jericho’s relationship. But years passed before his savior made an appearance. In Jericho’s teenage dreams, a strange sort of friendship is struck between the young man and the demon, which makes life difficult when he learns of the Watchers tasked to get rid of those who, like him, are possessed by demons. Judah Swann’s story forces us to examine what we think we know to be true against what is actually true. Despite the façade of good and evil, Jericho has a very real relationship with the demon that saved his life. The question he must answer is who can he trust when it really matters. Demon In The Window is a surprisingly good read. The story was fast-paced and defied my expectations.

Valerie Rouse

Demon in the Window is an intriguing novel about the battle between good and evil spirits. Author J. Swann refers to the good spirits as Watchers. They have human beings as hosts and manifest themselves when the need arises. The story begins with Jericho Coleman, a six-year-old boy who witnessed the horrible death of his precious mother by his father. Cowering underneath the desk in the study, Jericho was tempted by the demon spirit Mavado to accept him as his protector. Jericho innocently did so and the two of them literally became one. Jericho met the Watchers through his boxing coach Michael, who was the host of the Watcher Garrison. Reluctantly, Garrison allowed Mavado to assist the Watchers in their destruction of other evil spirits, especially Monroe. Monroe was very dangerous and powerful as he had support from human followers plus legions of demonic spirits. Mavado was summoned from exile to help demolish Monroe and his team.

Demon in the Window is an interesting book. It delves into the spirit world and the theme of good versus evil is thoroughly explored. I love the interplay between the main characters. It seems very realistic and you completely forget that the characters are not human! The language is colloquial and is easy to understand. The descriptive detail of the main characters is very precise and colourful. The average reader can ascertain the true nature of these beings. I appreciated the unexpected twist at the end of the novel. This tactic totally grabs the reader’s attention and allows one to become more engrossed in the book. The romantic plot within the plot was an added bonus. It entices you to become emotionally involved with the characters. I love the way in which author J. Swann developed the main evil character. The contrast between his actions to promote good will and his persona is riveting. Demon in the Window is a really good read. I recommend it to all readers who truly appreciate intrigue and suspense.

Maria Beltran

Demon In The Window by Judah Swann is an incredible story about a boy who becomes a witness to the brutal murder of his mother at the hands of his father. Living in an old Victorian-style two-story home near the outskirts of Richmond, Virginia, Jericho Coleman has a privileged but lonely life. On the day his mother was killed, he should have died too, but he was saved by a mysterious entity that turns out to be the man from his recurring dream of eerie graves and mausoleums. The troubled and orphaned six-year-old boy is moved from one foster home to another and, during his teenage years, his childhood dream about graveyards and a mysterious man comes back to haunt him again. Jericho will soon come face to face with demons, demon hunters and watchers who actually inhabit our world.

Author Judah Swann immediately gets the reader’s attention in the first few chapters of this book with a dramatic and vivid writing style that makes his characters real and tangible. This, however, is just the beginning of a story that brings us to a world inhabited by demons and holy beings, a world where the fight between good and evil becomes factual, and Armageddon a certainty. This is a narrative where an innocent boy is forced to make a pact with the devil himself. There are already a lot of stories about the struggle between good and evil but Demon In The Window still manages to have an original plot and this is quite a remarkable achievement.