Paul Magrs' review reads:
Really good kids’ adventure books with supernatural elements always give away the things their author loved as a child. There are ‘reading footprints’ all over their books. It’s like how we can tell CS Lewis adored E Nesbit.
[W]hen I was reading Roy Gill’s first novel, I was delighted by a sense that this was a writer who had read and loved the same things as I do. There were footprints in the snow. Little shivery echoes of Susan Cooper and others in this tale of two worlds – of Daemons and humans – that touch and intersect at certain points in the year. We’re in the genre of liminal spaces between shadowy worlds that only certain children can see and understand. We’re in the world of magic powers shared by kids who have to learn to be brave, and older people who will stop at nothing in their quests for magic and immortality.
Heady, wonderful stuff. Also, all of this rang bells for me, because it is set in one of my favourite places in the world. Edinburgh is conjured brilliantly and beautifully here, and we can really believe in it as a place suffused by magic. Whenever Cameron steps sideways into the Parallel, the world around him alters and shifts and familiar places are strangely transformed. I loved the scenes in the old department store on Princess Street – which becomes a kind of forest cathedral, where antlered beings tend to a sleeping Winter God. All of these moments are touched with the Celticy atmosphere of the Herne the hunter scenes in both Masefield and Cooper – and I just adored them.
Come by at 6:30 to hear Roy Gill read from his smashing debut, The Daemon Parallel. Interviewed by Helen Jackson, the Edinburgh writer, Roy will answer all your questions regarding the daemons, Edinburgh, and his experience writing the novel. He'll be around for book signing so bring your copy or buy one on the spot!
Our new deli cafe will provide award-winning meats and cheeses as well as our new coffees and teas.
I adored this novel. I really, really want it to be the first in a sequence. I want it to be a boxed set of novels that are just about falling apart with repeated rereadings. That’s how much i enjoyed this first one. --Paul Magrs, author of Never The Bride, 666 Charing Cross Road