Review: Year of the Demon by Steve Bein

Posted March 21, 2014 by Suzanne in Reviews / 2 Comments

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Review: Year of the Demon by Steve Bein
Year of the Demon
by Steve Bein

4 Stars


Released: 2013-10-01
Series: Fated Blades #2
Published by Penguin
Pages: 544
Format: Paperback


Its clever mixture of present and past events makes this an intriguing story ~ Under the Covers

Being the only female police officer in Tokoyo can be tough but Detective Sergeant Mariko Oshiro has been promoted to Narcotics. Her new case though strikes closer to home, how can an old iron demon mask, her Inazuma sword Glorious Victory Unsort and the strangest drug deal her and her new partner has ever seen be connected? But, the history of the mask and the sword began hundreds of years before and the sword and the mask’s deadly relationship is now making itself known in the present.

I really enjoyed the first book in this series Daughter of the Sword and I continue to enjoy the Fated Blades series with this installment, Year of the Demon. Its clever mixture of present and past events makes this an intriguing story.

Year of the Demon continues the format of the previous book, by showing half the story in the present with Mariko, the current holder of a very famous sword Glorious Victory Unsought, and the other half shown in hundreds of years ago with a past owner of the sword, Daigoro Okuma. I like the way the past is used to explain some of the mysteries in the present, piecing together a puzzle that seems to have started a hundreds of years before Mariko was even born.

The book, although it could feel slow at times, did tell an interesting story, one that kept me reading and wanting more. I look forward to the next book in this series where I can follow the characters from both the past and present, as well as the intriguing history Steven Bein has created for the sword and the mask.

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About Steve Bein

Steve Bein (pronounced "Bine") is a philosopher, photographer, traveler, translator, climber, diver, and award-winning author of science fiction and fantasy. His short fiction has appeared in Asimov’s, Interzone, Writers of the Future, and in international translation. Daughter of the Sword, his first novel, was met with critical acclaim.

Steve was born in Oak Park, Illinois, a near west suburb of Chicago. His first career as a perpetual student took him to universities in Illinois, Germany, Japan, and Hawai‘i. That all culminated in a PhD in philosophy from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Today Steve is a visiting professor of Asian philosophy at the State University of New York at Geneseo, where he also teaches ethics and philosophical themes in science fiction.

His other academic interests include bioethics, which led him to a short stint as a visiting researcher at the Mayo Medical School, and environmental philosophy, which led him to see polar bears in Canada and penguins and whales in Antarctica. His more recent travels have taken him to historical sites and art museums around the Mediterranean and to wildlife preserves across southern Africa.

Steve is a rock climber, mountaineer, SCUBA diver, skier, and avid traveler, and he enjoys just about anything he can do outdoors. He has dabbled in a wide range of martial arts (twenty-five at last count) and he holds black belts in two American forms of combative martial arts. These days he has returned to studying Brazilian Jiujitsu.

Today Steve splits his time between Rochester, Minnesota and Rochester, New York. He lives with Michele, his partner of seventeen years, and their Labs, Kane and Buster.

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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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Thanks for the review Suzanne.


Interesting…thanks suzanne