Verdict: RAVEN’S PEAK sets the stage for a constant battle between sinister demons and humanity, a scheming Council supposedly set up for protection, and a young woman seeking to save her father from an eternity as a monster’s plaything.
A hell of a series start finds a demon hunter searching for a way of rescuing her adoptive father from the grips of a demon and solving the mystery of Raven’s Peak.
Five months after her father sacrifices himself to a powerful demon to save a group of children, Abigail Dressler works as a demon hunter protecting the world from further demon attacks. After rescuing a theological student who lost his faith, the two journey to the secluded town of Raven’s Peak to ascertain the extent of the strange happenings there. The townspeople suddenly start acting erratically and violently but show no signs of a demon possession. A powerful entity unseen on Earth for over a thousand years is loose, a legendary artifact rears up, and Abigail is offered a choice with all of humanity in the balance.
RAVEN’S PEAK is the first book in the World on Fire series by Lincoln Cole. Cole does an excellent job of throwing readers right into the action while slowly feeding out tidbits of information about the series’ mythology. Abigail’s adoptive father is introduced in the prologue and quickly dragged to hell, but serves as a major catalyst for the rest of the story. The dynamic between Abigail and Arthur is well fleshed out. The pacing deftly balances exposition and action without ever letting the story drag as it ramps up to a stunning cliffhanger. Cole expertly crafts a slam bang urban fantasy with immense potential for future books. This series is one to follow.
RAVEN’S PEAK sets the stage for a constant battle between sinister demons and humanity, a scheming Council supposedly set up for protection, and a young woman seeking to save her father from an eternity as a monster’s plaything.