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The Demon's Apprentice

(The Demon's Apprentice #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  1,379 ratings  ·  78 reviews
When 15 year old Chance Fortunato suddenly finds himself living with his long-lost mother and newfound little sister Deirdre, it’s like living in a dream from which he doesn’t want to wake up. What is all too real to him are the 8 years he’s just spent enslaved to the demon Count, to whom his father traded him for power and riches—and the vicious battle he’s just waged to ...more
Published July 31st 2011 by Pendraig Publishing (first published 2010)
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Brace yourself. I have claims to state, and I'm goin MLA style by provin em with support from the text, of which there are almost 20, so let's get this mango stand jumpin.

First off, might I just express how well-aligned with my tastes our tragic hero, Chance Fortunato, is? He's the kind of underdog I not only don't mind rooting for but revel in the chance to do so. He reminded me a lot of Cas Lowood (Anna Dressed in Blood [Kendare Blake]), who is pretty much like any other teenaged boy who just
Lori S.
I wanted to like this book, I really did, but despite the plot being pretty good, and the characters interesting, I think the author's editor should have made him go back and rethink a number of things before publishing this book.

The setting is in a high school, but given the themes used and badly handled in this story, it would have been far more appropriate in a college setting. While this would have made the characters older and therefore change the intent of the author who is trying to make
Jan 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How amazing was this book? I got it for review as an ebook. I really, really, really want this on paperback, edited just a tiny bit.
It’s clear now that I absolutely loved it. Our main boy here is a winner, he’s charming, relatable and he has a kick-ass story to tell. His past is sad and the writer did an amazing job on telling us about it. I loved how he didn’t make him sad and resentful. Instead, all out ass-kicking boy wants is to live a normal live, to move on, to be happy. I really admire th
Laurie: Almost Faemous
Jan 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of Jim Butcher
Recommended to Laurie: Almost Faemous by: R2R
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I got a copy of The Demon's Apprentice from Read2Review on Goodreads, and it seems they may turn me into a fan of YA yet. First of all thanks to them and Ben Reeder for allowing us book addicts a chance to read it. I have said before that I don't usually like YA, but this book was...really really good, I couldn't put it down. Chance is a 15 yr old kid who had been sold to the demon Dulka at age 7 by his father. He manages to bre
Chance's story was provided to me free in exchange for an honest review. I'm at 3.75stars.

Chance Fortunato's deepest desire is to be a normal teen-ager - but his reality is that he was sold into demon slavery when he was 7years old by his father as way of clearing a demonic debt. Chance finds a way out of this life by listening, learning and being 9years worth of patient – soon after we meet him he is able to break away from his cruel demonic master, Dulka. But of course that is not the end of
Jan 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all fantasy lovers
Recommended to Jill by: r2r
Shelves: r2r
Wow. I read this as part of read to review. So thanks to them and the author for the opportunity.

Frankly, this was the best new YA book I've read in awhile. Definite recommend to all that like Urban fantasy, or regular fantasy. Love that the main character was a warlock. That was different for most. The werewolves were scary as they should be, but sympathetic in the long run. First off, I loved Chance. He's deeply troubled, and worried about his soul after being used as a demon's slave for eigh
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Demon's Apprentice is smart, funny and emotionally compelling. I found myself laughing aloud, sometimes crying and struggling right along with Chance Fortunato as he tries to adjust to "normal" life after being held captive by the demon Dulka. I was moved by his fierce love for his mother and sister, and his awkward attempts to express that love. But before he has a chance to get used to his freedom, he encounters some obstacles at his new school. Obstacles far more serious than worrying ab ...more
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Warlocks, Wizards, Werewolves, Demons and mages! Read it. Loved it. You'll enjoy it too. I read the ebook. Next volume is expected available in February. I'm looking forward to it.
Steven Naylor
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rating 4.5 stars

Re-read Jan 2020 Initial review below.

This book was really good. If you liked the Damned and the Cursed series and the Demon Accords series, I think you will definitely like this book. I wasn't too sure about this book based on the title: Demon's Apprentice. It made me feel like the main character was going to be a bad guy, or at least morally corrupt. That couldn't be further from the truth.

Chance Fortunato is an apprentice to a Demon prince from hell, he just isn't one by c
Tiffany Cole
Sep 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
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On Chance's seventh birthday, his dad sold him to a demon out of a selfish desire to escape his own demonic debts. Eight years later, Fifteen-year-old sophomore Chance takes life into his own hands. Through intelligence, careful planning, and
Laura Davis
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Debut author Ben Reeder hits the YA fiction scene with a sizzle with The Demon's Apprentice. If you've had enough of sappy vampire sagas and you're ready for some kick ass action, Chance Fortunato is the hero for you. The story begins with Chance escaping from the demon count, Dulka, who's kept him enslaved since Chance's father gave Chance to him on his seventh birthday. Chance says, "mage duels tend to be hard on real estate," and Reeder takes him at his word, writing some truly exhilarating f ...more
Oct 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many teenagers' worries involve grades, sweethearts, and their successes or failures in extra-curricular activities. Not so for Chance Fortunato, unless peddling under-the-table black magick counts as an extra-curricular activity. "Apprenticed" (sold to) to a demon at a young age, he's more worried about incurring his master's wrath and the state of his soul than whether he'll "make the team".

The Demon's Apprentice is a fast-paced, first person perspective urban fantasy adventure. The main chara
Having been sacrificed to a demon by his father, on his own birthday at age seven, Chance Fortunado has lived a miserable existence. The last eight years, he's been forced to do his master's dirty work; including the trade of charms and hexes in exchange for pieces of the buyer's soul.

Just recently broken free of his familiar bond/slavery, Chance finds him self in the situation of having to adapt to the normal life of a teenager - including high school, and getting reacquainted with his estrang
Chris Evans
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
You know how Fifty Shades of Grey started out as a Twilight Fan fiction? Well, I'd bet a large amount of money that this book started out as a young Dresden Files fan fic. No knock to Reeder or the story he created, but the dna is quite visible.

That said, if Butcher ever wanted a Young Dresden files series created, Reeder would be the guy he should contract for it because this book is great.

This book starts off with the young magic user escaping his abusive human caregiver and having to defeat
Roxanne Kade
Feb 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
An action-packed thrill ride filled with mystical creatures, Reeder has created an amazing story that grabs hold of you from the very first word and doesn't let go until the very end.

Chance Fortunato is such a likable character. He is so real and relatable. I loved the fact that he had his ass handed to him a couple of times, but gave back as good as he got. He isn't a character who says all the right things, or plays by the rules, and in no way is he perfect, but that makes him all the more end
Christie Rich
Feb 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. Chance was a great character trying to escape a tragic past. Been Reeder writes beautifully. I loved the actions scenes. I wouldn't recommend this series to young readers though because of the language. I think this is more suited to older teens and Adults like me who love YA. Overall, great reading experience.
This was a R2R for a group. As a heads up I am not "easy" on books because they are free or self published. If your book sucks I'm gonna tell you.

That said, I gave this book 3.5 stars, rounded to 4 because I think it deserves some recognition for sure. This is also the only R2R book I've rated favorably so far! Take note!

Chance Fortunato was forced into slavery to a demon by his father when he was only a young boy. Now, after years of darkening his soul as a warlock Chance has finally broken fre
Dale Ibitz
Jan 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Fifteen-year-old Chance has been abused, betrayed, and beaten for 8 years. Sold by his father into slavery to a demon, he's been forced to perform dark magic for his demon master. His aura is rotten. His soul is doomed. But his life isn't over. Chance summons the strength and wit to break free from his dark bonds, only to be thrust into a world where magic and darkness continue to follow him.

This was a terrific book, and I liked it quite a bit. In fact, I've already recommended my daughter read
Maria Shuffit
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Maria by: Ben Reeder, the author!
I picked this book up at Visioncon, where I was fortunate to meet the author himself! I don't usually buy books at cons since they are often self-published and not much better than fanfiction. Luckily, this one defied the stereotype!

Overall, I enjoyed the book, though I can't quite shake the feeling that this book would appeal more to male readers than female readers. Male protagonist aside (because there are tons of great books with male protagonists that are just as fantastic for female reader
Jan 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kenecia by: R2R
An excellent read. There's so much going on within my head right now and I'm lacking the words and honestly, the focus to jot it all down here. Maybe because it's jumbled trying to piece together facts from the stories and preconceived notions of magic. The rational mind is at war with the subconscious fantasy filled psyche of my soul and there can't be a winner or a loser.

The title pretty much speaks for itself. This tale revolves around a boy named Chance, who through magic and luck finds a wa
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blogged-review
Review of The Demon's Apprentice, by Ben Reeder

After a little break to rejuvenate my mind, I return to my reviews with Ben Reeder’s novel The Demon’s Apprentice; an intriguing paranormal novel, perfect to return to.
Curiosity is piqued from word one, growing as events occur. Who exactly is this Chance, other than a being warlock; what is he doing for this Master; why doesn’t he try to escape? Emotions towards Chance vary between pity for his lot in life and animosity towards what could be a villa
Samantha Leighanne
**I recieved this book from the author in exchange for an honest review**

Chance Fortunado was sold to a demon count on his seventh birthday by his own father. He lives out 8 years of torture and finally manages to escape. Now suddenly Chance has the opportunity to go to a real school and live a normal life with his mother and younger sister, only he doesn't have as much of a chance as he thinks. When his old life comes back to haunt him, Chance has to throw his friends in with him and make s
Laura Davis
Aug 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Debut author Ben Reeder hits the YA fiction scene with a sizzle with The Demon's Apprentice. If you've had enough of sappy vampire sagas and you're ready for some kick ass action, Chance Fortunato is the hero for you. The story begins with Chance escaping from the demon count, Dulka, who's kept him enslaved since Chance's father gave Chance to him on his seventh birthday. Chance says, "mage duels tend to be hard on real estate," and Reeder takes him at his word, writing some truly exhilarating f ...more
Clare Marie
Feb 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Oh, wow. I loved it. I only started reading it about two days ago, and whatever free time I had was then dedicated to this book. It was different, and nice, and for once the main character acted their age. In most books, you get the main character being 'wise beyond their years' or had 'eyes older than them', that had 'seen terrible things', but all in all, this guy, was fifteen and acted it. He noticed girls, got in to fights, was horribly slow at times, and it was nice. It was good to have tha ...more
Aug 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
What a gem, totally devoured this. Got it on a recommendation from my kindle and they must know me to a tee. I'm not going to compare this to Harry Potter as it is way darker and for much older readers, but the premise is similar, our world and the hidden paranormal world, but there is where the similarities finish, with even the good guys having issues. I would say it's a YA version of Dresden more than anything. Like the protagonist is a teen Harry, and now that I think about it, it is even cl ...more
Heather (Raevynemyst)
WOW! I absolutely loved this book. I really fell in love with Chance. He was both sweet and a badass and it broke my heart to learn what he went through with his family and how he became a demon's apprentice in the first place. I ended up falling in love with Alexis too, she really redeamed herself as her story progressed. This book had me hooked from the very beginning. I liked all of the characters and the storyline was incredible. It was very fast paced and kept me interested until the very l ...more
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nicely Done!

There's enough new things here, told in a new enough way - and told well - that this story is definitely a good read. The technical stuff (fight scenes, magic scenes, and dialogue scenes) are thought out and detailed. The author put a lot of time on to polishing this and it shows. I especially appreciate the excellent editing work. This book is worth your time, and I'm interested in seeing how the characters grow and where things go from here.
Deb Novack
Chance Fortunato was sold to a demon by his father when he was a young child.This book tells the story of how Chance wants a normal life and the fear he will not have one, it tells of his struggles to adjust when he is reunited with his mother and sister. I love a story with warlocks and werewolves. Chance's story made me laugh and want to cry at times. I can not wait to read more.
D.A. Roberts
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A great start to the series. I can't wait for the other books.
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Demon's Apprentice is not only this gritty urban fantasy but it is a book full of surprising depth and emotion. It tackles such issues as redemption, forgiveness, and choosing the path that, while it is not easy and may be hard and difficult to go thru it is the right path. It is a series with a very unique concept of a human boy being a demons unwilling familiar (slave) and the good that became of it for the world. It has a unique world and magic system and for those who like some pop refer ...more
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