by Lee Hall
Demonspawn is a detailed well-imagined space story, which I found hard to put down, in fact I read the book in just 3 sittings.
Christina Engela has created a believable world of space travel, delivering it in way that seemed to me logical and explained without straying from the main plot.
From the very opening, there is a deliberate psychological vagueness as to what the ‘big bad’ could be. This heightens the mystery giving readers a real urgency and a want to find out, eventually you will.
With that tension steadily building the story follows the somewhat damned crew of the I.S.S. Mordrake; a ship seemingly stranded and damaged beyond repair in the furthest reaches of space. Their captain is found murdered and so it’s up to main character Joe Lofflin to investigate along with a cast full of convincing characters.
Then they discover a derelict ship just floating in space.
This story reminded me of films such as Alien and Event Horizon but Demonspawn could easily stand shoulder to shoulder with them. There were many concepts of the sci-fi genre in this book that were original and put together in a way not seen before anywhere else (this was especially so for the ‘Akx’.)
It’s an enjoyable read that will leave you wanting more.
5 Stars.” – by Lee Hall, UK-based writer, playwright and reviewer.