Reviews for Crowfield Demon


Booklist Reviews 2012 May #1
Young William, who found himself in a fey war in The Crowfield Curse (2010), gets dragged in even deeper in this suspenseful sequel. A fallen angel is hiding out on church grounds, where his presence riles up the Dark King, a witchy wise woman, and the brothers of the abbey where William lives--their dreams invaded by an unholy presence. A bowl for the blood of sacrifices, dug up by William, also adds a pernicious aura. Despite all the mayhem and mysterious goings on, this tale very much centers on William, a strong and entirely relatable character. An atmospheric, well-plotted story. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Fall
In The Crowfield Curse, William saved an angel. Now he must stop a demon that is bent on destroying Crowfield Abbey, even if it means turning to alchemy for help. Familiar characters return, including the fay, Shadlok, and their hob friend, Brother Walter. Magic and religion overlap in this absorbing, well-written (if derivative) historical fantasy, set in fourteenth-century Britain. Glos.

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Kirkus Reviews 2011 December #2
It's late winter, 1348, and although William brought peace three months ago by freeing an angel from a deathlike limbo (The Crowfield Curse, 2010), mystery and danger stir again. Will's provisions at Crowfield Abbey are meager and physical comforts nonexistent, but he works hard and takes solace in companionship with three friends: Brother Snail, a frail, elderly monk; Shadlok, a glowering fay bonded to William though a curse; and a small, tender, talking animal known as a hob, called Brother Walter because his real name mustn't be known. Something's terribly wrong on the Abbey grounds. Walls are cracking, and the church tower crashes to the ground, throwing stone everywhere. While helping a stonemason clear a side chapel, Will uncovers a buried wooden bowl. Symbols and Latin reveal that the bowl ensnares a demon. Raum was once an angel but fell from grace; now he's escaping the bowl, bent on vengeance against the Abbey and hunting Will's pure soul. Alchemy to rebind Raum to the bowl fails, and he's free, placing Will in the monks' nightmares so they turn on him, burning nearby cottages, wreaking deadly havoc. Walsh's sensory setting is cold and rainy. Will's character is likably sturdy; he's a hero, but a quiet one. This appealingly atmospheric historical fantasy melds Christianity and magic with conviction; eager readers will hope for another sequel. (Historical fantasy. 9-12) Copyright Kirkus 2011 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2012 May

Gr 5-8--Set in 14th-century England, this sequel to The Crowfield Curse (Scholastic, 2010) finds young William still working as a servant at Crowfield Abbey. He has the ability to see into the spirit world and is still struggling to harness his powers. Befriended by a monk, a hobgoblin, and a warrior fay from another world, William is caught up in a mystery that involves the Dark King, who seeks revenge, alchemy, and magic. After the abbey chapel cracks at its foundation and collapses, William and the monks discover a wooden bowl that was once used for ritualistic sacrifice to a fallen angel who was once worshiped on the same grounds. The angel is returning and desires to capture William's bright, shining soul. The battle between good and evil is intense and frightening, keeping readers on edge. In William, Walsh has created a character readers can relate to and care about.--Kathy Kirchoefer, Prince Georges County Memorial Library System, New Carrollton, MD

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