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Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite
Sixth grader Benny Cartwright tries to do the right thing when he suspects there is something wrong with his friend, Toby, but no one is prepared for what the problem really is in Demon King by Erik Henry Vick. Switching back and forth from the original incident in 1979 to the climax in 2007, the problems in Oneka Falls, NY, arise, grow worse and finally come to a breaking point.
Three children had been abducted by an ancient evil that thrived in the town and the culprit was never discovered. Each was seriously damaged emotionally by the incident and relied on various coping mechanisms to deal with their experiences. In the ‘present’, three strangers come together in the town to ultimately root out the evil and put an end to it as well as their own issues with the past. From the confines of a mental institution and the halls of a university, two men arrive in Oneka Falls, along with a mass murderer with ties to the evil forces behind the abductions and deaths. When the pieces fall into place for a showdown, the only question is whether there is any hope for good to prevail against such a strong and insidious presence.
Utter terror and spiraling demonic involvement drive the plot of Demon King by Erik Henry Vick through intense action and psychological turmoil. Extremely well written, with clearly defined characters and steady action with surprising twists and turns, Demon King is a novel that is impossible to put down. Gripping and intense are only two words to describe the effect of the story, but if horror is your pleasure, that is all you need to hear. Erik Henry Vick is certainly an author to fill you with nightmares. Fabulous story. I loved it!