Did the title spoil it? I like to let the headline tell the story while everything else is supporting details. Speaking of details and headlines telling stories –spoiler alert—you might already know how the The Accidental Demon Slayer[1. This book was provided for review by the publisher]
Fortunately, the ending isn’t why I’d recommend The Accidental Demon Slayer.
Angie Fox managed to write a convincing up-tight preschool teacher, gang of biker geriatrics, and talking Jack Russell Terrier.
Throughout this action-adventure-comedy Lizzie, the protagonist, is making choices and thinking with reason that makes sense to normal humans regardless of Urban Fantasy tropes.
She’s suspicious of the motives of those professing to be Team Lizzie and concerned for the welfare of her dog. She accepts that this story is happening to her but not without question and not without a fight.
I appreciated that Lizzie was never really a damsel in distress so much as a damsel dealing with distress.
Demons are trying to kill her so they can take over the earth and she finds this wholly irritating. She has plans, and a job, and would much rather be wearing her self-styled uniform from The Gap.
The Accidental Demon Slayer wasn’t perfect, but it was great fun. Check the pros and cons below.
It’s never a good day when an ancient demon shows up on your toilet bowl. For Lizzie Brown, that’s just the beginning. Soon her hyperactive terrier starts talking, and her long-lost biker witch Grandma is hurling Smuckers jars filled with magic. Just when she thinks she’s seen it all, Lizzie learns she’s a demon slayer-and all hell is after her.
Of course, that’s not the only thing after her. Dimitri Kallinikos, a devastatingly handsome shape-shifting griffin needs Lizzie to slay a demon of his own. But how do you talk a girl you’ve never met into going straight to the underworld? Lie. And if that doesn’t work, how dangerous could a little seduction be…?
The Accidental Demon Slayer PROS:
1. It’s a snappy read filled with humor and a bit of sexy and a punch of girl power.
2. This is not the run of the mill Urban Fantasy that can often feel like the female could be replaced with a sack of potatoes and no one would notice because her worth is in in her Womb/hymen/hair/soul/some-shit-she-doesn’t-truly-control-or-access-without-a-knowledgeable-man. (Though the sexy is right in line with other UF. Other UF that values consent and doesn’t think duress has a place in the bedroom.)
3. Pirate the Talking Terrier and Grindhouse Granny Gertie! This talking dog is WONDERFUL. He’s excited and loving and worried and hungry and his voice is so clear I can hear it as I type this.
And this sassy, foul-mouthed old lady? YES, Please. If anything they both need more screen time.
The Accidental Demon Slayer CONS:
1. I was immediately and consistently annoyed that some random old lady shows up at a thirty year-old woman’s door and says she’s her biological grandmother and Lizzie off-the-bat starts calling her “Grandma.” WHAT?! Firstly, she’s a stranger and your supposed to be a cautious character. Secondly, how has she earned this title? What do you call your actual Grandmother? Is she dead to you? It’s possible because Lizzie constantly mentally shit on the parents that raised her like they’d been the one’s who abandoned her.
She accepts these strangers as “her real family” so quickly and uses them to tear her own family down that it actually made me lose more than a little respect for her. Hopefully in the next book she shit talks Cliff and Hillary a bit less and learns some humility.
2. There were a lot of nouns. I have no idea where they ended up, who half the people are, how many races of things there are… it was just a lot of moving and meeting up and this group and those creatures and this character runs across the screen to set up an appearance later in the series (I can only assume). It was hard to track it all.
3. I don’t know if it’s because I couldn’t picture it, which is similar to my second con, but I found the Boss Fight a bit blasé. It was confusing and chatty and then it was over. *shrugs*
The Accidental Demon Slayer OVERALL:
This book is definitely worth a read. It’s silly and dramatic and even a bit inspirational. The love interest was a bit creepy to me, but what dude in UF isn’t? I wish Pirate and Gertie had all the lines but I guess that would make them less brilliant when they pop in and out.