Book Review: Band of Demons by Rob Blackwell

Author: Rob Blackwell
Band of Demons
Publication Info: 
Dark Forest Publishing
Rating: ***1/2

Summary/Review:  This is the second installment in The Sanheim Chronicles, following up on A Soul To Steal, which tells the story of two journalists in Virginia who discover they have the powers of the Prince of Sanheim which manifests itself as The Headless Horseman from “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”  As I noted in the review of the previous book, the author is a friend of mine so there could be some bias.  For a second book, the fear is that there will be a sophomore slump, but thankfully I think this book is better than the first.  While A Soul to Steal reads like a murder mystery in which supernatural elements creep in and take over, in Band of Demons the supernatural is front and center.  Yes, there are more murders in sleepy Loudon County, but Quinn and Kate have bigger fish to fry as they discover they have rivals to being Prince of Sanheim.  What’s best about this book is that while Quinn was central to the first novel, this one takes the time to develop Kate and explore the mysteries of her character.  And then there’s that stunning cliffhanger of an ending ….