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Underground Demons have Good Reason to Leave the Surface-dwellers to Their Fate

Review: Demoniac Dance

A Goblin Waits by the River

A Goblin Waits by the River

Demoniac Dance by Jaq D Hawkins

A runaway child bride befriends goblins and discovers her magical powers.

Namah, a young woman from the far side of the river, escapes an arranged marriage on her wedding day.  After a harrowing pre-dawn ride in a tipsy boat, she meets wonderful magician friends–one of them Namah’s older sister who was also a runaway bride. But trouble threatens Namah’s magic-filled life on this side of the river.

Invasion, Reluctant Goblins, and Silly Dating Restrictions

Count Anton receives a visit from a bureaucrat bearing the unwelcome news of a neighboring king claiming Anton’s lands. An invasion force will soon swarm up the river. Anton’s people are farmers and craftsmen, not soldiers. And the reclusive underground goblins refuse to help.  After years of hateful actions from Anton’s people, the goblins have good reasons for leaving the surface dwellers to their fate.

Goblins have Good Reasons for Leaving the Surface Dwellers to their Fate

Goblins have Good Reasons for Leaving the Surface Dwellers to their Fate

Invasion preparations swirl around Namah and her new friends. Along the way, a handsome young goblin named Ja’imos catches her eye, but they cannot be together for oh, so many silly reasons.

The Battle Arrives

Without goblin fighters, even Namah and her young women friends must help however they can.  With the girls’ Amazon-like painted faces, archery skills, and the simple art of distraction, their unanticipated feints harry the invaders.  These king’s soldiers terrify Anton’s inexperienced fighters, but when the would-be conquerors draw blood from Anton’s long-time goblin friend Haghuf, the escalated war is more than Namah, Count Anton, and their unwelcome visitors could ever imagine.

A Smiling Goblin--Nothing to Fear Here

A Smiling Goblin–Nothing to Fear Here

Come of Age and Come to Terms With Me

Coming of age stories are a timeless delight, and Demoniac Dance delivers. Namah is a clever untrained magician, but she struggles with pubescent naïveté. This conflict gives Namah more depth than the usual clueless, but stubborn heroines found in YA fiction.

Count Anton is also a complex figure of a practical ruler who, ten years after marrying his Countess Ariane and producing a son, has fooled himself for the duration by saying he does not regret marrying the wrong woman. By the end of Demoniac Dance, we see his actions, thoughts, and heart align.

Ariane could have easily been the sad, put-upon woman who knew from the beginning that Anton loved another. Ariane surprises us with her response when Anton reveals his intentions.

The Dance Creates Magical Fuel for Humans and Goblins

The Dance Creates Magical Fuel for Humans and Goblins

Dance With Me

The enchantments in the Demoniac Dance world focus on the powerful and earthy pulse called The Dance. The surface-dwelling magicians and the goblins draw on it during group gatherings to create magical fuel for their spells.

But The Dance has a darker shade. Namah unwittingly gains an invitation to one of the goblin’s group dances. The sensual throb of The Dance raises grownup emotions that panics her into flight.

Ignorant of the dangers in the dark goblin tunnels, Namah runs directly to a deep pit, only for Ja’imos to snatch her away from death’s edge and hold her his strong arms. What passes between them is magic of a different sort, but worthy of the deep emotions of The Dance.

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Review: Dance of the Goblins

Dance of the Goblins by Jaq D. Hawkins

May I have the pleasure of this goblin dance with you?

A chance encounter between humans searching for a missing man, and the goblins who dwell in the abandoned tunnels near the surface, stir long-seated distrust between the two races and threatens war.  During the fracas, the humans unwittingly capture Talla, a glamour-ridden female goblin, mistaking her for a human damsel in distress.  It is also the story of the long-time friendship between the elder goblin Haghuf and the human Count Anton, who cemented their long-time friendship with The Dance, which is the deep earth-magic binding these races.

This story examines the consequences of the human tendency to pollute their world, and the Earth’s periodic cleansing that drives humans into the deepest caves to escape the cataclysmic changes at the surface.  The cave-dweller humans have become goblins, and the few surviving humans at the surface recover and repopulate.  The story also has much to say of the consequences caused by closed-minded fanaticism.

But most importantly, I could not put the story down until I learned if the succubus Talla wooed and won the charming werewolf Anton.

Dance of the Goblins embodied all the delightful elements I adore in stories written by indie authors.  It had a fresh magical world, it scolds us about the negative aspects of the human condition but doesn’t preach, and the characters piqué my curiosity.  The clever story entwines goblin mythology with the events befalling Haghuf, Anton, and Talla.  As I read it, my feet tapped to the unheard, but still felt, heartbeat of The Dance.

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