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Witchblade: Demons by Michael Barone (2002-12-30)

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  • By Kenneth Chu on October 7, 2007

    This is my second review of the three Witchblade paperback novels that were published from 2001-2002. "Witchblade Demons" is a nice mystery/science fiction novel that is more realistic then the previous two books. As one of the previous reviews mentioned, the current comic adaption scribed by Ron Marz has a same feeling to Demons.Let me start off by saying that Michael Baron's writing is in good form and as you move from chapter to chapter you can tell that he is an above average talent when it comes to the artistic form of writing. He uses no gimmicks, no flashy styles, complex words, or absurd plot lines; instead Baron keeps the book simple and direct which makes this book the best out of the 3 Witchblade paperback novels. I did enjoy John Miller's writing style in a Terrible Beauty [Which is very much influenced by HP Lovecraft], but I would have to say that Baron's writing is superior.Baron uses a very balanced blend of metaphors, narrative descriptions, dialouge, and similies. I did not find myself checking the dictionary every other page nor did I found myself re-reading certain pages because the writing did not flow. The book touches upon the daily life of Sara Pezzini, the series main hero and a fantastic character. In the book you'll read about Sara's struggles some of the personal sacrifices that she must make to be the bearer of the Witchblade. For example, she is deemed a "Freak Magnet" beacause of all of the supernatural cases that being the bearter of the blade puts her into. As a result of this, Sara is isolated from the rest of the police department and often times has very few people to confide in. Not only is she isolated, but the others play practical jokes on her. Another theme of the book is her romantic life. There is a nice romance that develops between Sara and a character by the name of David Kopkind. This romance is developed rather nicely, and Sara's reactions to it are not over-played nor over dramatized.Baron does a wonderful job describing New York City. As someone who lives in the NYC Metropolitan area, Baron really knows the city. He touches upon general themes such as the the differences between the Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan boroughs; while describing in fine detail the downtown Wall Street Area. This book also touches upon many post 9/11/01 themes -- such as Ground Zero, the terrorism paranoia [which engulfed NYC for a year or two.], and the emptiness of not having the Twin Towers luming over NYC.As for plot it's pretty straight forward. There is a samurai killer who is plaguing New York City. We're given a few characters and about 3/4 through the book you're still left guessing who is the main killer and what is their motivation. Baron also does a great job exploring Japanese history and the use of motorcycles. Sadly the only character from the Comic Books that is in the story is Joe Siry. Jake McCarthy is mentioned only briefly for he is vacation in this novel.Overall it was not a complex read and very enjoyable. As a Witchblade fan I recommend this book.

  • By A customer on January 5, 2003

    I am familiar with just about everything that has been produced under the Witchblade franchise and I think this is probably the single best Witchblade story to date. The text novel format offers depth and a level of sophistication that a comic or TV episode simply can not match. The book starts when a series of bizarre murders puts Detective Sara Pezzini on the trail of a legendary cursed samurai sword. Sara wants to stop the killer, but the Witchblade seems to have its own agenda, very creepy! The text is heavily researched and chock full of historically accurate names, dates, places, and events from Japanese history, all cleverly strung together into a compelling narrative. This story walks the line cleanly down the middle of the comic and TV versions of Witchblade. The characteristics of the Witchblade and supporting cast could have been easily drawn from either source so this should be easy for fans of either version to get right into. It's not encumbered by much of the ongoing subplots from the comic or TV series, but does introduce several new characters including a new love interest for Sara! The author, Mike Baron who is known for gritty realism, does a really nice job of giving "a day in the life" type perspective throughout. The characters and world they are set into seem very authentic. This really enhances the believability of the supernatural elements of the story. This is very refreshing as this type of credibility is often hard to find in this genre. I recommend that anyone who has any interest in Witchblade buy this book. It is the best Witchblade "fix" you are going to get for quite a while.

  • By Ken Ormerod on February 15, 2016

    still reading,good book

  • By raVen on May 29, 2013

    this was listed as "like new"the minor dog earing didn't bother me so much,BUT......the fact that it was a used library book complete with library stamps & ID stickers on the binding, the back cover AND on interior pages...pretty much makes that "like new" description a lie.

  • By average on August 3, 2007

    Your average girl meets boy, boy is a demon possessed Japanase samurai shadow warrior serial killer, girl kills boy story. That is what it boils down to. Sara, here, is confident, in control, and having a good time with life. Meets the above guy, who, of course is a sword polisher, and ran across the wrong evil sword.Everyone knows her weirdness rap, and the guys in her precinct leave monster dolls on her desk with funny notes. Including Spawn, twice. That was highly amusing.There is also a local gang menaces Sara's appartment building, and she subverts them, subplot. Oh yeah, and two witches, one that lives in the railway yard, and another who is an apartment dwelling teenager. Between the 3 of these women, a bunch of gangbangers get killed. No shock there.Very enjoyable, all around. Wanted it to go a bit longer.

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