Logic of Demons: The Quest for Nadine's Soul Review

Thursday, November 25, 2010

What would you do if the love of your life was murdered by a deranged killer? Would you become a vigilante and seek retribution? And would this revenge affect those you care for in the afterlife? LOGIC OF DEMONS The Quest for Nadine's Soul takes you on a journey inside the psyches of men and women forced to deal with the spiritual consequences of their decisions.

Through the lives of a demon, two Angels, and a mysterious teenage girl, a plethora of politically and socially relevant issues ranging from the roots of genocide and sex trafficking to child conscription and religious fundamentalism are addressed in this fantasy thriller. Life as well as the afterlife converge in this novel to explain certain peculiarities of the human condition.

Taken from GoodReads.

Logic of Demons is an insane thrill ride of an adventure following Devin the aftermath of his wife's rape and murder by a homeless man. Devin makes a decision that ultimately catapults him on a path to atonement, forgiveness, and ultimately redemption. While trying to redeem himself and find his way to a life where he continue out all time with his wife, Devin learns the depth of the human condition and how far people will go to control situations.

I was contacted by Hal Goodman to read his novel, Logic of Demons, and I heartily accepted because I love books with religious undertones that address some of the more vivid aspects of life that we might otherwise overlook. He's created a masterpiece of a novel that combines a great writing voice, characters that make you feel for them, and a story about redemption that anyone can appreciate.

I did have a few qualms with Logic of Demons though, and I feel it's only right as a reviewer to address them. Devin, our hero had a clear goal to reunite with his wife throughout the story, yet when he was presented with cataclysmic circumstances, he always seemed to leap before looking. Now, lots of us are like this, but it really had me wanting to punch the MC for his stupidity. Then, when he is given the task by The Company to sell the Formula to Nadine, all I wanted to was save her because of her background of tragedy. Basically, I had conflicting emotions tackling one another through the story.

Logic of Demons is a very well-written novel. Clearly the author put both time and effort into the story, as well as heart. I will, however, say that I think Logic of Demons would be suited for more of an adult crowd than a YA audience. The graphic nature of parts of the story, as well as the content might offend those otherwise. I give it a 4 out 5, and I'd highly recommend this book to more of an adult audience that enjoys Christian fiction, as well as contemporary and fantasy.

I received this book free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, affected my opinion or review of this book.


  1. Hi Melissa, many thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment on Pen and Paper, I really appreciate you doing so. What an interesting sounding book, I love the questions posed in the opening paragraph. Thanks for the recommendation, I'm hoping our library will have a copy.

  2. Hi Mel,

    I am currently reading this book. I think the same so far about Devin's reactions, i.e. action first, thinking later.

    Great review!

    Naomi aka Supernatural Bookworm

  3. Great review. When I read the summary for this book I also felt it was more of an adult book than YA.

    I want to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving. Hope the day is filled with love, family and good food!

  4. Great, honest review. I recieved this from H.A. Goodman too and am just about to start reading it. I'm glad I got to read your review before I started the book.
    Have a Happy Thanksgiving! :)

  5. Hey Melissa,

    I've seen this book around and will definitely check it out soon. Thanks for the review.

  6. Pleasant day to you my dear,

    I see you are going to be starting a new blog... *curious face*

    Looks like you my love are on a wonderful highly rated book kick. Kudos to you.

    I hope you have an extremely wonderful and thankful day no matter how you spend it.

    Please do stop by anything for a spot of tea and I currently have Soulless and Changeless up for a giveaway.

    Happy Turkey Day,
    Mad Scientist

  7. Thanks for your review, I might read it after such a good recommendation. It is definitely more adult than YA topic - it's not easy to write about such things.

  8. An insane thrill ride of an adventure you say? That sounds pretty fantastic to me! Too bad the MC has a few problematic bouts with stupidity, but overall this sounds like a very entertaining read. Thanks for such a great review of this one!

  9. Ooh I'm reading this too !
    I can't wait to finish it,
    Nice review:D

  10. hehehehe... As I was reading this review, I got an e-mail alert for a comment from you. *waves*

    I think I get what you mean about your qualms, but it does sound that if Devin was suffering so much from the loss, he'd leap first, ask questions later. Yeah, it is frustrating for the reader, but it kinds of makes sense for the character. However, is that logical? (Yes, I realize I never make any sense.)

    I haven't read this one, but it sounds good.

  11. Sounds dark but really good. Thanks for your review :)

  12. I'm so glad you liked this one! I'm getting ready to start it and hope I like it as much as you did :)

  13. I have this to read next (after my sneaky sneaky read of Last Sacrifice that is) and you just made me very excited to read it. Love your reviews!

    In the Closet With a Bibliophile


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