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The Judge's Demon

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  18 ratings  ·  13 reviews
He promised peace. They gave him power. Now his new world must be paid for.

After suffering a tragic loss, Claude is devoured by his crippling need for vengeance, and with fingers pointed at the Romani immigrants for the despair in Paris, he is given orders by the king to rid the city of its "gypsy" population. Amidst his role in a barbaric hunt and corrupt justice system,
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Paperback, 404 pages
Published October 4th 2018 by Independently Published
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Alicia Huxtable
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a great underdog story

Right from the start, I didn't particularly like the Judge. Or his men. I found myself hoping Marie and the Gypsies would fight back and overcome the city and their way of thinking. I really felt bad for Marie during at least half this book. But then things started looking up and I had hope that things had changed.
I recommend this book for everyone
Scott Matthews
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
A story of survival...

There are stories of good vs. evil, heroes and villains, and triumph over tragedy. The Judge's Demon is not one of these stories...and that is what makes it great. It is a story of survival in its purest form. In dark times, in a world of oppressed people, there are not always heroes, and there are not always white horses to free you from the terror of daily life. The author paints this picture well, and makes you feel for the characters, hoping they will make it...or in so
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Kiesha ~ 1Cheekylass
I really don't know how to write a review about this book. The writing was good and so was the narration but the story itself was disturbing. It reminded me of a warped version of Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame without a hunchback. I knew that it was a bit dark but even I didn't expect this. First, this takes place in the mid to late 1790's Paris which shocked me as it was just after the terror. Also, I didn't know there was a conflict with gypsies during this time.

I honestly didn't think
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Heidi
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I knew going in that this book contained graphic violence and rape. I am a domestic violence and rape survivor, and rarely does an author truly capture the horror of either. Pfeifer has a way with words that does capture every bit of horror. There were parts of this book that caused a visceral response that left me physically ill and shaking. I say this not to scare anyone off and not as a criticism, but because I absolutely appreciate these things being written in this way. They should not be g ...more
Rose Flynn
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an action packed and fast paced book that is not for the faint of heart or for people who are easily triggered by rape, violence, torture and immigrant-phobia. This book takes place in late 18th Century France during a time when the crown was severely xenophobic of gypsies and their "witchcraft" and "devil ways." The protagonist James/Claude begins as an honorable man who inherited a terrible role from his father as the King's Judge. He starts as a God-fearing man who could separate his ...more
J.J. Holmes
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm posting this review for a friend, but it's definitely going on my reading list!!

K.M. Pfeifer, author of The Judge’s Demon has crafted a fast-paste, heart – wrenching story that causes readers to hope, even cheer when the outcast rise up against tyranny. Although the story takes place in Paris long ago, its message is timeless. Every culture in every time has had a people group that has been shunned due to no real fault of their own. In this case, Gypsies are blamed for France’s economical pr
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Claire Heaven
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Claude loses his father and steps into his role as the King’s Judge. He is basically tasked with committing genocide; and after some personal internal battles with his conscience, he turns a blind-eye to his own hypocrisies, compartmentalizes his job from his faith and throws himself ever more enthusiastically into the role. He is not a ‘good man doing bad things for the right reasons’ he is definitely doing bad things for the wrong reasons.
The story centralizing around Marie, the object of his
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Cybernerd719
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
K.M. Pfeifer’s world sucked me in from the very beginning! Her story was one filled with description in scenery and scenario. I couldn’t put The Judges Demon down. Her character development left me flying through the pages! Diving into a world with psychopaths and paranoia and fear!!! Oh my! I had never read a book like this, but after reading her book, I’d love to see more work from this talented author! I would definitely recommend this book to ANYONE as this book far exceeding my expectations ...more
Rebecka Jäger
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A cruel and enticing story from historical France

The writer deals with difficult themes like racism and sexual violence in a realistic historical setting. Courageous! The characters are multi-dimensional. I admire the authenticity and suspense which the tale offers. The writer knows the era and setting well, and the scenes are vivid in detail. Some chapters feel a bit clumsy, and I expected more from the female character. But I read the book fast, and it is a page-turner. If you love historical
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Travis
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lots of atmosphere, lots going on. Found myself reading through this very quickly because I never got bored. Fun in a dark twisted great adventure sort of way. Would recommend. Looking forward to more from this author!
Astrid V.J.
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
I really did not enjoy this book, although I'm glad I finished it because the end was interesting. What I disliked most about this book was the style of writing. I struggled to get into the story and to relate to the MC. It was a chore to get through the first half of the book. There are a lot of changes in point of view and that made things confusing. Additionally, the timeline of the story is not chronological and that also had me confused because then I'd have to go back and compare dates to ...more
T.S.
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
France is in the midst of unrest, and the persecution of gypsies under the ruling of the corrupt King is in full swing. Judge Claude Fontaine, the King’s right man, is considered a hero among the masses. On one of his nightly raids against the gypsies, Claude comes across 14-year-old Marie and decides to keep her as a kept woman in his home. Leading a double life, Claude gets engaged in sadistic practices with the teen while keeping a perfect façade of a charming official in public.

Pfeifer skil
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Sharon
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I suggest that prior to starting to read this book that you get a nice drink and find a comfy spot, once you start reading you may find it difficult to do anything else until you have reached the end! This is a book full of adventure, action, drama and emotion. It’s good vs bad and just because a place thinks, behaves and teaches a certain doctrine and way of living doesn’t mean it’s right and certainly not right for everyone and there shall always be those who want to change it, hopefully for t ...more
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