Let Sleeping Magicians Lie
review by Maryom
Grimshaw is a demon brought into existence by his master's death bed curse. His sole purpose is to seek revenge against anyone who disturbs the remains of his master. Before dealing the final blow and killing his victims Grimshaw makes their lives a complete misery by destroying everything they hold dear - but when he is called back to his task after decades of boredom he finds things are no longer so easy. Trying to track down the people responsible for moving his master's coffin, Grimshaw finds himself up against Fish Jones, a boy who can see demons and who is prepared to risk everything to save his mother, the last person on Grimshaw's list.
A brilliantly unusual comedy/horror, with an original, inventive story line and tightpacked action. Fish himself is full of courage and determination; his loyal friend, Alice, more resourceful at a practical level. There are lots of laugh out loud moments, particularly as Grimshaw seeks revenge in increasingly bizarre ways - death by falling sheep for example and a fully realised half-world inhabited by the demons and their dead masters, lying just out of sight but parallel to our own.
You might quake with fear, you might burst out laughing - whichever, it's an excellent read.
Maryom's review - 5 stars
Publisher - Quercus
Genre - Supernatural, Comedy, Horror, 10-14
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