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Into The Abyss (Demons of Astlan #1)

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Turns out: "The Demon Weed" really is a Gateway Drug!

Who knew?

Tom Perkinje certainly didn't. He had never smoked anything in his life, but as the new kid in town trying to make friends, he'd gone to a party and had foolishly let his new buddy Reggie talk him into trying a joint that he'd picked up from a new dealer.

Before he knew it, Tom was having a seriously bad trip;
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Kindle Edition, 522 pages
Published March 29th 2014 by Council of Wizardry
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Oneeyed You should visit the author's site where information is available : http://www.astlan.net/
There is a thread on this specific subject on the forums :…more
You should visit the author's site where information is available : http://www.astlan.net/
There is a thread on this specific subject on the forums : http://www.astlan.net/Forum/tabid/388...
Although at the moment I can't access it.

According to the author, a "beta" of the sequel should show up in April. You can even apply to be one of the beta readers for it.
Once that is done, it will still need rewriting, proofing/editing, etc...
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J.L. Langland Sorry, missed this completely. Audio for I and II are out now. Book III audio coming end of summer.

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Harry White
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, demons, dragons
Great Story

Despite the many typos this is one of the best books I've read for some time now in terms of story and characters. It would be good to see some romance in the next book, but this was thoroughly entertaining and very fast paced. There was a good combination of humour and more serious elements. The characters were interesting and well thought through.

All in all I would definitely recommend reading this book and I am eagerly awaiting the next book.
Lord
May 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have to admit, there was a point at which I was considering dropping the book. It was one specific part where I felt like the protagonist had just chosen to make a huge mistake about something (no spoilers here so don't bother) and he absolutely knew it would come back to bite him. It came at a bad time, I prefer a bit of a romantic interest in books I read and this book has very little in that regard (nearly non-existent).

But then I sort of pushed through it, I dislike leaving a book behind,
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Joe
Apr 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow this book was amazing. Definitely one of the best purchases I've made.

Note: MC is 16 yo. and while YA can read it, it really seemed set up for an adult/new adult demographic (which I think allowed the author to write a better story).
H.D. Lynn
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Into the Abyss by J.L. Langland

I pulled this book from a recommendation thread on r/Fantasy, and the premise was entertaining. Tom, a normal boy in our world, goes to a party and gets summoned into another world–as a powerful demon. Tom’s soul is effectively ripped from him, he dies, and he’s bound as a demon slave in Astlan. Being a powerful demon yet a slave is a contradiction, and this story is riddled with uncomfortable moments for Tom while he comes to terms with not being human (yet still
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Rosver
May 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book hits my fancy in many ways. A really fun read with lots of humor and silly things but still have those serious weighty and memorable stuff. The characters especially our protagonist, Tom, are solid and you could sympathize. I had read it almost non-stop.

The premise is quite unusual (and what attracts me in the first place) and we are given a story that is just as unusual. From the beginning we have a disparity of Tom being an ordinary boy and Tom being a powerful demon. This disparity
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Kaz
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A very fresh and well thought out approach with a very interesting world. I love the comedy, but it was also a very exciting story and I can't wait for the next book. Of course that's partly because it ends on a huge cliff hanger.
Stephen Tamatoa
Jan 03, 2015 rated it did not like it
Not awful, just boring.

Issues;
Our protagonist is a little too caught up in emotional turmoil for me. He's also strangely uninterested in females which is a bit weird for a 16 year old male.

The other characters all seem quite one dimensional and some are incredibly dim. a good example is the female support. she seems incapable of thinking past her prejudice despite consistent exposure to opposing evidence. this is especially strange as she is a wizard which involves some fairly complex theoretica
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Jason Stevens
Sep 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Comedy Fantasy Epic.

Events are often told multiple times through multiple viewpoints which creates very funny situations when we, as readers, understand that these outrageous events are all results of misunderstandings.
Elusive
Amazing just amazing standing ovation!!! This is a solid 5 star book it was a great first installment. This book had it all. A lot of world building while simultaneously, being packed with action without sacrificing any of the plot development.

I cannot remember the last time I saw book this good with these elements in it. It has demons, it has angels, it has pipe smoking crazy demons. It has several Laughing out loud moments where you can't help yourself. It has such an amazing narrative and pl
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Darkd
Oct 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
The positives in this story are almost as frequent as the negatives. The story has a few plot holes, a few two-dimensional characters, and a tonne of useless exposition that does nothing other than make you read mountains of boring information that is completely useless to the reader. The story has an absolutely terrible beginning that will scare away most readers at the first chapter. Finally, the protagonist is probably one of the worst parts of the whole story.

There's one plot hole at the st
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Oneeyed
Mar 01, 2015 rated it liked it
I was surprised... This was actually quite good fantasy.

The premise seemed cheesy, and the start of the story a bit boring, but after a while I was smiling and enjoying it a lot. The turning point for me was when the protagonist is summoned by the priest, I was laughing out loud. Action and mystery also started to really become interesting.

There are a lot of clues (Heward ?!) hinting at what will happen in the following sequels, a bit too obvious to me but I will gladly buy the second in the ser
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Jason Mitchell
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book -- I can't wait for the next one!

The author has created a wonderfully detailed universe here. it was too much detail to take in on the first read. The characters were well fleshed out, the different magical elements well described. I was on pins and needles reading the final scene! All and all, I highly recommend this.
Michael J. Rotchford
So so book

I rated this book a 3 because it was just ok. I didn't enjoy the breaks throughout the story with little glossary sections. it should have come out through the book itself if needed.
Larry
Really enjoyable and fresh approach aimed at adults despite the lack of romance. Perhaps we'll see some romance in the next book. Comedy moments were great and often achieveded through misunderstandings. Looking forward to the next book. Hope it is soon!
N.
Sep 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
yess, found another superb book!
Jeremy
Sep 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: magic fantasy/comedy fans
Shelves: fantasy, demons
I really enjoyed this book. A very funny and interesting read
M Hamed
Oct 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
500 pages is a great sacrifice to give .the story it self can't be taken seriously with shallow and weak writing .it becomes impossible to continue

stopped at page 100
Sam
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great book. Only problem is now I have to wait for the next one.
Reiji
May 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Interesting premise but poor execution. a lot of time is devoted to supplementary information(with some information being repeated multiple times) while we get no real character background for most of the characters, just some hints screaming "read the next book and maybe we will tell you something of value". Also supplementary information comes from dubious sources and conjecture so you are likely to spend 15 minutes of your life absorbing one of many treatises or conjectures on one subject or ...more
Kristoffer
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. After the main character ended up in a fantasy world as a demon, I was afraid that the book would just fall into fantasy tropes with a slight variation to account for the character being a demon. Instead, this book had a ton of charm and came up with some interesting reflections of the main character on demons. Also, the demon world, known as the Abyss in this book, was featured in some segments. I found this realm to be fairly interesting and had not really been expe ...more
Hamda
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor, fantasy
A demon named Tom

This one has an interesting twist on an old idea, what if Demons were actually people just ones from a different plane. their souls got twist not by evil or torture in hell but by what they thought demons should look and act like and had this conformed by the thoughts of those around them.

One such case is our MC who is a 16 year old kid that got high on a bad patch of weed and died.

The book is action filled with an interesting perspective on things, is it the demon that is bad
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Troy Neenan
Jul 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book could have been terrific. It had a good concept, the author had a good start, he could have made a good fantasy seller. But he screwed up on the editing.
The problem with this book is it's length. I don't see how people can keep stuffing up the simple fact that just because you stuff a lot of pages together they think it makes for a more enjoyable book. It does not work that way Langland.
One main problem is that Langland is constantly repeating the same scene multiple times from several
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Nate
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This cover does not match this book at all. It looks like its a super dark fantasy, but, not at all. This is a fun story about a guy who is sucked into another dimension where he is transformed into a "demon". But he's just a kid trying to figure out what is going on while the magicians of that dimension fight their war. It's quite a fun an humorous adventure.
Persnickety
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Special demographic?

This deserves 5 stars if for nothing other than length, complex plot layers, satire, and a vocabulary tour de force. Yeah, the MC tends to be whiney and clueless. But maybe not more so than a teenager prior to a fully formed frontal lobe? And the book is anything but a quick read. I really had to work at sticking with it until Rupert got truly involved with Tom. Can't say that I'd recommend the series as a binge reading choice as it's not a fluffy light read.

However, what rea
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Paul
Aug 04, 2017 rated it liked it
"G" Rated Demon

The story missed the mark for me, i tried it because it has great ratings but I was expecting a demon loose causing mayhem and trouble not a D & D type of story. The book is well written and ends with a big cliff hanger, just not what I was hoping for.
Kian
May 12, 2017 rated it liked it
How slow is this guy, I prefer my characters to have some substance but this one is all braun and no brain, weak willpower and no imagination. He mentioned he played video games then why didn't he explore his characters abilities when he got the chance, instead he cries and obays the wizard.
Steve
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, humor
It’s not Tolkien, but it was a fun and thoroughly entertaining book, the characters were likable and sympathetic while the plot was easy to follow. The sense of discovery and the humorous dawning awareness about his situation makes Tom's story resonate with the reader and pulls you into the book.
Tommi
Nov 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
Utter trash.
Full of "Deus ex machina" moments, characters whose description constantly conflicts with their actions" and incredible stupid actions from these characters.
Dragan Gaić
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Not as good as a second book but still excellent.
Robert
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Really entertaining. has nice flow despite the many POV's.
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J. L. Langland has been obsessed with science fiction and fantasy since Junior High. Upon hearing the job description "High Energy Astrophysicist" in 8th Grade Physical Science, he set out to become one. His express goal to develop trans-warp capability, patent it, license patent rights, make money, build spaceship, go to the stars.

OK, well, he got a B.S. in Astrophysics, then his M.S. and Ph.D. i
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