"As if Deadpool had slipped into the body of the Witcher Geralt." —The New York Times
In the pitch dark, witty fantasy novella Prosper's Demon, K. J. Parker deftly creates a world with vivid, unbending rules, seething with demons, broken faith, and worse men.
In a botched demonic extraction, they say the demon feels it ten times worse than the man. But they don’t die, and we do. Equilibrium.
The unnamed and morally questionable narrator is an exorcist with great follow-through and few doubts. His methods aren’t delicate but they’re undeniably effective: he’ll get the demon out—he just doesn’t particularly care what happens to the person.
Prosper of Schanz is a man of science, determined to raise the world’s first philosopher-king, reared according to the purest principles. Too bad he’s demonically possessed.
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Set in a demon-haunted, Renaissance Europe inspired world, this dark fantasy novella from Holt (An Orc on the Wild Side) is a captivating character study. The unnamed, morally ambiguous narrator is able to perceive and communicate with demons, and has been authorized by the church to evict them from their human hosts, but his ruthless approach to exorcisms makes him unpopular with demons and humans alike. When a princess's pregnancy attracts the attention of a demon the narrator has known all his life, the narrator follows the demon to the palace. There he meets the princess's tutor, Prosper of Schanz, a philosopher and artist in the mold of da Vinci. When the narrator realizes that Prosper is inhabited by a demon who is likely responsible for Prosper's artistic genius, the narrator faces a challenging moral decision about whether to expel the demon and deprive the world of more masterworks. The engrossing narrative voice and assured worldbuilding compensate for a slight plot and rushed conclusion. Readers will be pleasantly surprised by this new direction for Holt.