“Eléonore Dormant’s life is a precarious balancing act: librarian by day, demon hunter by night and single mother around the clock. Each day brings its challenges and she brings her A-game. It helps that coffee and a bottle of painkillers are always in supply.
For six years, she’s protected the streets of Montreal from all manner of demons and the consequent evil that they would wreak on her city. But even a resumé like hers isn’t enough to prepare her for the unforeseen night when she becomes the hunted.
A sorcerer, an enigmatic Elder, has placed a hefty bounty on her head and the demons are eager to claim the reward for her capture. They bear down on her, disrupting her mode de vie and endangering her son’s life all in one fell swoop. But Eléonore is ready to fight whatever Hell deigns to send her way to save him. The path she pursues will lead her to new places and old faces.
One thing is certain, Eléonore’s about to get into a whole hellhole of trouble.”
What I thought:
She wore glasses, thin navy frames that sat atop her nose. Behind them, greyish-green eyes twinkled with kindness. She strolled leisurely, the smile on her face one of compassion and promise. A stereotype of the goodly woman. She was my demon.
I can’t tell you how excited I was to read this book. I dare say it’s one of my favourite reads this year <3
Eléonore follows the demon hunter Eléonore in Montreal, where she works three jobs: She hunts demons at night, works at her library during the day, and she’s a single Mum to boot! All this creates a rather hectic life style, the centre of which is her son Etienne, and his safety.
If you’re a mother this novella will violently tug and pull at your heart strings. Eléonore may be a demon hunter, but her priority is her young son, Etienne. Everything she does is to keep him save – all the more so because he has no magical ability himself, and is too young to know what his mum gets up to at night.
When a sorcerer places a bounty on her head, she’s forced to leave her son with his nanny more and more often. Seeing how her hunt for the sorcerer affects her relationship with Etienne is so real, so human, that it will make you feel all of the things.
But it’s not just her relationship with her son that’s believable and deeply realistic. It’s her relationship with everyone. Every character is believable, flawed, and well developed, and it makes this short novella all the more enjoyable.
I am aware of the sorcerer’s blast of lightning. And finally, I am aware that my father throws himself in front of me. A human shield, he takes the brunt of the blast. It kills him instantly. It is still killing me.
The writing style was another highlight for me. There’s nothing forced about the way the story develops, or the writing itself. It floes smoothly and beautifully, and if I’d had the time (damn the day job!) I’d gladly have read the whole thing in one sitting.
The love aspect for me was perfect, too. Not overpowering or distracting from the plot, and not lacking completely, either. Eléonore has feelings for someone but it’s complicated (avoiding spoilers here…), and seeing how she copes with being around him was yet another highlight for me. There’s so much history there, and I really hope she’ll allow it to grow into something more.
The world was big and could be terrifying; if I wanted to survive it, I had to be bigger, braver. I think that might have been the lesson my Dad had wanted me to learn. He had never told me. I had never asked.
Eléonore was a wonderful read for so many reasons. There’s a lot of action, a great main character, and enough feelings to make any brick tear up – which I did, a little, at the end.
Eléonore is out now (freshly released on Sunday!) so hurry up and get it now!
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