Jesse James Dawson is a Champion. No, not like from the Queen song. I’m talking a man who fights big bad demons on behalf of those foolish enough to sell their souls but wise enough to realize, “Oh, hell. I sold my soul to a demon! I need help!”
He may not be rich in a financial sense, but he’s rich in spirit. He’s an honorable man with a good family and a kind heart. He’s even friendly with Axel, the demon-of-unknown-class who likes to appear as a squirrel for a lively game of chess, both literally and figuratively. Jesse has just accepted a contract to help an aged sports star when all hell breaks loose. Champions are disappearing from around the world. The demons aren’t playing by the rules, and Jesse is likely the next target.
A Devil in the Details by K.A. Stewart has been in my TBR pile since it first came out and I have NO idea why it took me so long to read it! It could be the massive amount of books in the pile…but I digress. A Devil in the Details is a return (for me) to the realm of true Urban Fantasy. That’s not to say there’s fake Urban Fantasy roaming the hallowed halls of the book world; I’m saying a vast majority of recent releases in the Urban Fantasy genre are crossbreeds, Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance being the most popular. Not so with this book. Jesse is happily married with a little girl, but the romance between he and his wife isn’t a focus of the novel. It’s a foil to show what type of man Jesse is and to add a badass witchy woman to the mix of characters.
I loved every aspect of this novel. It’s set in a world just like our own. The supernatural aspects are actually prevalent in popular modern religions, making the events seem even more possible. Jesse is possibly one of the most developed protagonists I’ve read in a while, and you can tell the author put in massive amounts of research to make him the sword-wielding badass he is. I give A Devil in the Details four tombstones for its strong plot, intriguing characters, and creative use of wildlife for demonic purposes.
- Reading level: Ages 18 and up
- Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Roc; First Edition edition (July 6, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451463439
- ISBN-13: 978-0451463432