Ebook review: The Secret Eater by Ros Jackson

About the author: Ros Jackson has been a blogger for over a decade and through a number of sites demonstrating a broad interest in the area and a sane approach to reviewing. Now she has exchanged hats and written her first novella.
From the dust cover: “Kenssie is a demon who feeds from secrets. Lately pickings have been slim, and she has grown so weak that her shield of invisibility is slipping. As the servant of a demon who eats embarrassment she already feels like she’s the laughing stock of the demonic world. But the scorn of someone who thinks that Hawaiian shirts are the height of cool is the least of her worries.
A powerful fear demon is dead set on making her his slave, a position that carries seriously short life expectancy…Her only hope of escaping a life of terror lies in stealing a grimoire she’s never seen from the clutches of a vindictive group of master demons.”
My Ebook review: “Secret Eater” is written in a delightfully engaging fashion and takes a fresh look at the universe of demons and their relationships to humans and witches. The chilling idea that demons exist solely to enable our own self-defeating actions and surreptitiously eat from our darkest secrets is just one of the vignettes of the piece. I especially enjoyed the satirical scene in the stock exchange; I can almost imagine that this is completely true!
The plot is a splendidly confusing story of intrigue, double dealing and bad against worse (they are demons after all). The main characters are well developed and easy to empathize with. Jackson describes it as an urban fantasy adventure for young adults and this seems a very fitting depiction. Judged on that background alone it is a very fine debut. As an adult this is an easy and entertaining read that is well worth the time.


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