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Demons in the Big Easy

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Adventurous in her youth, Cassandra built gateways between Domhan and its parallel realm of Earth. Now she’s too old for that kind of thing. But something is making it easier for demons to pass into Domhan. Not only that, but their behavior becomes inexplicable: whenever Cassandra banishes one, it laughs at her rather than resists, and it promises it will soon devour her e ...more
Paperback, 74 pages
Published January 4th 2013 by Amazon Createspace (first published January 1st 2013)
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Laura Greenwood
Jun 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 1-review-copy
Review posted July 1st on http://a-reader-lives-a-thousand-live...

I was given an ebook copy of Demons in the Big Easy by the author in exchange for a review.

Cassandra lives in the world of Domhan, which is plagued by demons which she banishes back to their realm. When one of her granddaughters, Aine, falls through a gateway to Earth (to New Orleans to be precise), Cassandra has to follow to save her, along with Aine's twin Carronwyn. Once there, and performing a spell, Carronwyn and Cassandra me
Jun 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was given a copy of Demons in the Big Easy in exchange for an honest review.

Demons in the Big Easy turned out to be an entertaining read, and it can easily be enjoyed in one sitting. The main character is elderly witch Cassandra, and I find that an interesting twist in itself. When Cassandra’s granddaughter falls through a portal into another dimension, Cassandra must do all she can to rescue her. There was a bit of confusion at first, since it wasn’t clear where Cassandra lived (if on Earth o
Aug 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, fiction, uf-pnr, novella
*I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Cassandra spends her life banishing demons from her world, and wishing she could retire and leave it to someone younger. When her granddaughter Aine falls through a portal to Earth, Cassandra must go to the rescue. Helped by her terrified granddaughter Carronwyn and a homeless man called Jake, Cassandra must locate Aine and get everyone safely home.

This was an interesting and entertaining novella which I read i
G.S. Wright
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Demons in the Big Easy is a short urban fantasy novella following an elderly witch Cassandra as she searches for her lost granddaughter across dimensions from her home world, a fantasy setting where magic is prevalent, to the streets of New Orleans. Along the way she is joined by her other niece, and a homeless guy, as their search leads them into the middle of a major demon plot.

The book was well-written, and flowed easily, with well-developed characters. There is plenty of potential for furth
Lisa Williamson
Mar 01, 2013 rated it liked it
I will say this is a solid 3 star book. It is a good read but has a few technical issues. The flow on story stutters at places and there were a few misses in the editing. Nothing major but another pass through would help to catch a few typos.

This story great bones with this story and a strong character in the grandmother. I like her quite a bit actually. Strong and determined. She is well written. As is the friendly (okay maybe a little too friendly) homeless guy. I liked him though, much more t
Angie Merriam
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic short read about a dimension hopping witch (Cassandra) searching for her missing granddaughter. She must leave her world, where magic is prevalent, and travel to earth (specifically New Orleans) to find her. What she encounters in New Orleans tests her magic and recalls old memories.
I really enjoyed this book. I think this story has more to tell and would be first in line if the author decided to expand on it. All in all, great read.
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Adventurous in her youth, Cassandra built gateways between Domhan and its parallel realm of Earth. Now she’s too old for that kind of thing. But something is making it easier for demons to pass into Domhan. Not only that, but their behavior becomes inexplicable: whenever Cassandra banishes one, it laughs at her rather than resists, and it promises it will soon devour her essence and that of every resident of her small village. Cassandra is certain such a thing is impossible, for strong wards pro ...more
Jenae (Jeni)
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Unusual story, not my usual read but still held my attention. A woman from another plane, trying to rescue her granddaughter with the help of her other granddaughter and a homeless man. In my opinion the ending could have used a couple more pages, but that's because I like clean cut endings. Still an enjoyable book and worth checking out.
cindy janisch
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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May 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: kbr, kindle, indie
This is a novella. Personally, I generally wish novellas were longer, not only to prolong the reading experience, but also so that the characters and the setting have time to gain more depth. This novella is no exception. With that said, I did enjoy it.

There are some minor editing issues which I'll be addressing with the author directly, so I won't mention them here. Otherwise, the language is competently used, plain and unadorned. It's jeans and T-shirt language, not tuxedo language, which is f
Yuki Fox

                              3 Paws - A Diamond In The Rough!

The lovely author of this book, Jamie Marchant, asked me to read and review this book and after reading the blur I was intrigued and figured it was worth a go. It’s sounded a little different and I liked that!

I suppose I should tell you little about this book, basically it’s a fantasy fiction, with demons, witchcraft and adventure. It’s about a woman named Cassandra, who is a witch – yes really –
Stephanie (Bookfever)
Copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Demons in the Big Easy by Jamie Marchant was quite the delightful read. Fast and easy to read but also very well written it captured my attention right away with the idea of the magical Domhan and the demons that threaten the people there.

In my opinion this book could easily be turned into a full novel. Sure, it needs some work on the characters. I would like to know more about them and their back stories. Also I'd like to know m
Charlie Kravetz
Apr 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy fiction readers will enjoy this short story.

This review is for the Kindle edition ebook.

A grandmother, grandchildren that are twins, a homeless man, and enough love to survive the magic that threatens them.

This is the story of a grandmother who knows magic, her twin grandchildren, and the struggle to survive when the odds are against them. It is also the story of sharing and caring for each other and others.

I was hooked on this story from the beginning. It is a forceful story of love and care even when the odds stack the deck against you.
Lia Burres
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As the opening of the book, a silver haired woman stood in a graveyard over her long past husband and four of her five children. She was the only woman in the village that was able to block portals and vanquish a demon without flinching.
Cassandra stood firm and only had her twin granddaughters in her life after the loss of the children and her husband. Her world revolved around them.
Soon she would be going through a portal to go and rescue one of her granddaughters that fell through to Earth fro
Dec 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
I received this book to give an honest review.
For being such a short read it was actually pretty good.
Though I wanted more of the world Domhan that just seems like a magical place.
Cassandra takes care of all those in Domhan and protects them from demons that pass though from Earth so when her granddaughter falls though a gateway she embarks on an adventure to get her back. They end up in New Orleans (which I love) with the help of her other granddaughter t
Feb 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Demons in the Big Easy is a novella about a grandmother named Cassandra trying to protect her family and world from demons.
The thing I liked most about this book was Cassandra. In her, you have both a loving grandmother, but also a kick butt witch. Focusing a story like this around someone like her was both unique and enjoyable.
The first half of the novella was excellent. It really drew me in and made me want to read more. The first parts of the plot flowed smoothly, and Cassandra's emotions wer
Brandee (un)Conventional Bookworms
Demons in the Big Easy is a quick read. I was impressed with the amount of world building and character development Ms. Marchant packed into such a short story.

Cassandra is a witch and resides in Domhan, a realm connected to Earth. Travel between realms is done through gateways - either magically created ones or randomly occurring ones. Cassandra has always stood as sentry for her village, protecting it from demons who might cross the veil.

Cassandra's granddaughter, Aine, feel through a random g
Shona Booky Ramblings of a Neurotic Mom
Review first posted on my blog

This may be a short story of only 74 pages but this book is not lacking in any way shape or form.

I obviously mis-read the books synopsis because at first I thought Cassandra’s world was Earth and that she could open gateways to Domhan, and the book was actually set in the past. I was wrong.

Marchant has created a world very similar to what life on Earth would have been like a few 100 years ago and mixed it with modern-day New Orleans
Privy Trifles
Mar 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
I completed the book in one sitting as it was something I like to call un-put-downable. I had to know what happened next and how far they were successful. I was so engrossed in reading it that by the time I reached the last page I was like No.. you cannot be ending it all here. I need to know what happened after that.

Demons in the Big Easy is about love, compassion, determination and courage. The story goes on to show us that love and faith can surely move mountains and create miracles. An excel
Victoria Brinius
Apr 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My Review:
This was a great short story. It had a perfect mix of mystery, bad guys and horror. I could not believe the end, I never would have thought who the head demon was. I finished the last page and turned to the next, not even realizing that the story was over. I was so involved in it, I thought that there had to be more. I didn't want it to end. I am hoping for a sequel! I liked that there are "witches" (and other beings) in both worlds. The way the author went from world to world was sea
Ronda Caudill
Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Demons in the Big Easy by Jamie Marchant is a wonderful story filled with excitement, drama and adventure. This is a wonderful story about a witch, Cassandra, from another world who is looking for her granddaughter in New Orleans. However, she makes an unexpected discovery; not only are demons in New Orleans but the one who has summoned them totally takes Cassandra by surprise. Cassandra has the help of her other granddaughter and an unlikely ally. The characters are wonderfully crafted and seem ...more
Cheree Castellanos Edits
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fast paced and full of magic and heart! Cassandra is tired, she has been protecting her village for a long time, but when her granddaughter falls through a portal to earth, she has no choice but to go get her. But the adventure she is about to have is more than she could have expected. A great story that is a non stop page turner that leaves you wanting more.
Sadie Forsythe
I thought this was alright. I liked having a grandmother as a heroine for a change. I also thought Marchant did a good job of world-building in such a short piece. I did think that the ladies' language, which was generally somewhat medieval, slipped into the modern vernacular fairly regularly and that Jake came out with his equivalent of "I see dead people" a little too easily. I also would have really liked to know the approximate ages and physical descriptions of the other characters. Cassand ...more
Bob Craton
Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This appealing short tale has a lot going for it. Looking for her lost granddaughter, a witch from another world brings her magic to New Orleans. Where else could be a better setting? The city of fake voodoo is the scene of REAL magic ('real' in the fantasy sense, of course). Well-written with a good story line, interesting characters, and a subtle sense of humor. Not as long or as detailed as the author's first book (the marvelous "The Goddess's Choice"), at $0.99, this novella is well worth mo ...more
Oct 25, 2013 rated it liked it
My Review: This is a novella and that is main problem with it. I really enjoyed the whole idea of the book. Because it is so sort however the world and the characters did not get developed as well as I would have liked. I really enjoyed Cassandra as the heroine of the story. Jake as a modern day helper is great.The ending was a little abrupt even for a novella I think it could be finished better. I would love to see this fleshed out into a full novel. I did enjoy it and would recommend it to fri ...more
Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I received this as a free book from a Goodreads giveaway, and I loved this book! The idea was a good one, and Jamie Marchant did it to a turn. The story is told partially in flashback and goes back and forth between the past and the present seamlessly, telling portions of the story in each section. I enjoyed the writing and also enjoyed the portion of the next book that was provided as an excerpt in the back, and can't wait to read it. This is a fresh new story, unlike any that I had read before ...more
Heather Lawson
Oct 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Demons in the Big Easy is a nice short story. We follow Cassandra, an aging witch who has spent her life protecting her town from demons, as she goes through a portal to our world to rescue her granddaughter. With her other granddaughter and a charming young man in tow, Cassandra races to rescue her granddaughter while trying to stop the demons that are threatening both worlds.

A great, fast paced read that ends a little abruptly for my liking. Thoroughly enjoyed the read.
Michael Flanagan
Feb 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Jamie Marchant delivers a great story all in the span of 76 pages. Earth and its sister parallel world are in danger from a demon onslaught and all that stands in their way is an old witch, her granddaughter and a homeless man. A search for a missing girl turns into a race against time to save both worlds. This is a shining example of what a Novella should be. It hooks you from page one and does not let go until the last page. For 99 cents you can't go wrong.
Jasmine M
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a fun and fast read,the concept of a protagonist who is a magician that travels from another world to ours is quite interesting, it actually took me by surprise, a pleasant surprise.

I wish it was longer, for it felt rushed at places, I'd love to see more of the characters especially Cassandra, would Ms. Marchant decide to write more of those stories with the same theme? I'd look forward to them.

Jul 01, 2013 rated it liked it
This was a short story I won in a giveaway. I enjoyed the story idea,but I found the characters annoying (Caronwyn, especially), and the story ended abruptly at 80% or so, without a real conclusion. It may be a novella, but it read like a few middle chapters from a book- so I never gained any empathy for the protagonists, and while I watched the story play out, I was never drawn into it. It was fine for a free book, but not one I'd pay for at this length or lack of development.
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Jamie began writing stories about the man from Mars when she was six, and she never remembers wanting to be anything other than a writer. Everyone told her she needed a back up plan, so she pursued a Ph.D. in American literature, which she received in 1998. She started teaching writing and literature at Auburn University. One day in the midst of writing a piece of literary criticism, she realized ...more