Saturday, August 4, 2012
Source: Author, for review (Thanks!)
When upstart magician Roderick Blackwood puts on a show of his magical abilities for his friend, he attracts the attention of a demon who wears a pin-striped suit, named Belzial. Belzial forces him to go on a quest for a magical stone which was stolen by a rogue sorcerer.
RALPH RATHBONE is a screenwriter-turned-author, and it certainly shows in RODERICK BLACKWOOD & THE DEMON STONE. Mind you, I do not necessarily consider this a bad thing - I actually found that the writing flowed easily, with scene after scene that I could actually imagining happening in front of me.
The characters, unfortunately, I could not completely connect with. It’s not the diversity of the characters; it was simply because I felt like I was just standing outside, watching as the characters acted out this story.
The story was fun to read. I thought the plot was similar to a few stories featuring magicians and demons, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. The twist at the end was a fun addition, and I did not suspect it at all.
For something quick and easy, with good writing and an interesting story, look no further than RODERICK BLACKWOOD AND THE DEMON STONE.