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Demons at the Doorstep

(Wicked Conjuring #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  35 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Jessica has better things to do than run for her life, but that is the least of her worries. Powerful magic is being unleashed in her city, causing unnatural northern lights to coat the sky. As a Beata, a balance keeper of magic, it is Jessica’s duty to uncover the potential threat. Standing in her way is the band of witch hunters. Led by Connor Crowe and his brother Damie ...more
Kindle Edition, 240 pages
Published January 25th 2020 by Firelight Reads (first published April 23rd 2018)
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Apr 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you Spotlight Tours and the author for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

Demons at the Doorstep
By: Rachael Bell-Irving

Admittedly, I don't read nearly as much ya fantasy as I used to, even though it's one of my favorite genres, so it was refreshing to read Demons at the Doorstep. Jessica is a witch, and Damien is a witch hunter. Some bad dangerous magic stuff happens, such as demons at every turn, and Jessica and Damien fi
Anne Z.
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just love discovering new authors. It is such a wonderful thing when a book meet all your expectations. Demons at the Doorstep was a wonderful young adult fantasy book and I am very happy that it landed on my doorstep!
The first thing I feel I should point out about this book is the writing. I was about 50 pages in when I decided that regardless of what I thought of the plot I would give the book a few stars for the writing alone. Rachel Bell-Irving is no shadow of doubt a very talented wr
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
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*Thank you so much to the author for sending me a copy of Demons at the Doorstep in exchange for an honest review* <3

I really enjoyed this one! It was a fun read with lots of humour, witty banter and a compelling magic system.

Demons at the doorstep follows Jessica who is a witch. When strange lights appear in the sky, Jessica knows something is wrong and it is her sacred duty to figure out what it is. When strange demons start appearing, she ends up having to team up with her enemy - a witch-hu
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Demons at the Doorstep is a great YA urban fantasy novel. I loved this book! Rachael Bell-Irving has created a wonderful world in Demons at the Doorstep, book 1 of the Wicked Conjuring series.
Jessica is a Beata, a powerful witch tasked with keeping the magical balance in the human world. Making her job more difficult is Damien and his band of witch hunters who are determined to rid the world of magic. A dark powerful magic enters the city one night, demons start appearing from the shadows and w
4/5 stars

I really enjoyed this YA urban fantasy story filled with witches, witch hunters, action, mystery and a whole lot more!

After a magical occurrence, demons start to appear in Jessica's city. As a Beata and a witch, it's her job to control the magical balance. Unfortunately, the witch hunter's are also looking for who might have caused the occurrence. Witch and witch hunter will have to team up in order to stop the demons and something worse from wreaking havoc on the world.

Emily Gray
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a great book!! I love the witty banter between Jess and Damien! It is fast paced with just enough slow down moments to give the reader time to breath before diving into the next action/ adventure scene! I would recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy (especially with an interest in ancient history) based in modern day. I will also say if you read the original edition but have not taken the time to read this edition you are severely missing out!
Michael Coulson
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a great story with awesome fight scenes. I’m excited to learn more about the magic system in the coming books!
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Came for the demons, stayed for the characters... and the demons! This action packed book starts right away with our heroine (who is also a witch) Jessica in a desperate chase from the broody and intelligent witch hunter Damien, and the action never ends from there! This book expertly captures the intricate and massive maze that is downtown Toronto and the magic that lurks around every corner. The relationship that forms between characters is deep and compelling and draws the reader in to turn t ...more
I finished reading Demons at the Doorstep last week and love the world that the author created! I haven't read a book about magic and witches for so long and I really enjoyed reading this urban fantasy. I loved how strong Jessica was and it was so nice to read about an independent protagonist. There was a hint (really more of a tease!) of a romance that I hope will develop more in the following books. There is so much potential for this series and I am so excited to continue reading it! I’m real ...more
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
From the minute I opened this book, I had a hard time to let it down! Not only it is easy to read, I also really loved the mythology and piece of history of the story. I’m not usually drown towards this kind of books, but between the main character Jessica, the way magic is written and the fighting scenes, I am now hooked!! 10/10, can’t wait for the next book 😍
Naomi Harrison
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read through this book so fast, I just couldn't put it down! It's a nice new twist on witches and witch hunters, with the added bit of throwing in demons. Also being set in Canada which just makes it that much more awesome to me. Would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a new fresh young adult fantasy book! ...more
Oct 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read this one pretty quickly, I always will love an urban fantasy with magic and a good romance! This book is reminiscent of Serpent & Dove with there being a witch and witch hunter forced to work together. The common threat for the witches and witch hunters are the demons and strange lights appearing in the Toronto skyline. The writing was another part of the book that kept me reading. Rachel is good at her craft and it shows! I enjoyed how the fighting scenes and action sequences were easy t ...more
Courtney (AnaiseIsDead)
Dec 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was gifted to be me by the author and I am so grateful!!

Demons at the Doorstep was so refreshing! I hadn't read an urban fantasy in a while so this was a nice world to dive into. The writing pulled me in from the very beginning and I couldn't stop thinking about it when I put it down. I appreciated the unique witches, the descriptions of magic, speckles of history, and the plot was so intriguing. Plus, the pacing was perfect! This was such a fun read. I'm looking forward to book two!!

Mallory McCartney
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved every second!!!! If you are looking for an action packed witch & witch hunter story look no further! Demons reminded me of a modern day Serpent & Dove. Bell-Irving writes with vivid description and memorable characters that as a reader you will be rooting for the entire book.
Jane Kelsey
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Best urban fantasy I read in a while. Recommended!!!
Dagmar Haug
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beeing curious of what Rachel achieved with her first book I started reading. As an old Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings fan the titel soundes interesting -and I absolutly loved it. I liked the way the setting was discribed, reminding me of the travels to Canada. Also I loved the love story slowely starting but never getting cheesy. A good read for cold autumn days!

Natürlich war ich neugiering auf das erste Buch der lieben Rachel, die ich in Kanada kennegelernt hatte. Als alter Harry Potter un
Aubrie Johnson
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great, quick summer read and serves as a wonderful first (hopefully of many more) release from Bell-Irving. The book was filled with humour, flirtation, and vivid descriptions that made me feel like I was on the streets of Toronto with the heroine (which could be scary at times with some of the horrifying creatures in the story). I can't wait to read the rest of the series and hear more about Jessica Williams' whirlwind of a life! ...more
Anya Wyers
Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great, light read that completely submerses you into Jessica’s witchly world! I will admit, this was my first fantasy book and I enjoyed the writing and the story very much. Loved the author’s development of setting, I think it is one of her strong suits. Can’t wait to see how the rest of the books in the series weave together. I want more Jessica and Damien!
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