Demon in the Window - Judah Swann
I remember the first time I ever read a book about angels fighting demons. Frank Peretti was the author and I was completely fascinated by the subject. It was exhilarating and overwhelming to think of some unseen battle taking place right next to you.
Needless to say, I was pretty excited to read Demon in the Window.
The opening chapter is heartbreaking. Having a young son myself, my heartstrings were definitely pulled by young Jericho and all that he was forced to endure. This gives the reader an immediate opinion of Mavado -- Jericho's protector. I liked him and was grateful for him, unlike Jericho who wasn't sure what to make of him.
As the story progresses, Mavado's intentions seem to get a little fuzzy, but I was bound and determined to fight for his honor (at least in my head).
The plot moves fairly quickly and a couple of times I found myself a little lost and unsure how the characters had gotten where they were. But a quick glance backwards was usually all I needed for everything to make sense again.
In closing, it's an interesting and well written story with a unique perspective on the idea of the forces of good battling the evil. I'm interested to see if this is a series that will continue and, if it does, how the characters will mature throughout the series.
Some Bio Information
Having earned a Master's Degree in Arts and Humanities at the age of sixteen, Judah Swann has always carried a passion for literature, philosophy, and the study of the human experience. He believes that, in order to better understand our world, we must dive deeper into the exploration of our own humanity; for it is through our own unique experiences that we form the basis of our beliefs, morals, and even our religious allegiances.
On a more personal note: Judah is a sports fanatic, news junkie and loves a good hearty debate. When he isn't busy working or writing, he's spends time on physical fitness and enjoys weightlifting, boxing and MMA. He enjoys reading graphic novels, fantasy and science fiction.
1. What would you like your readers to take away from your book?
For me, the most important thing a reader could take away from my book would be a fresh perspective. I want my readers to look at the world from a different viewpoint, to question why they believe whatever it is that they believe, and to see if their beliefs hold up under the questioning. Too often have I had conversations with others about their beliefs which ended with some variation of “that’s just the way it is”, or “I don’t know why, I’ll have to ask God when I get to heaven.” Blind faith is sometimes necessary, but it shouldn’t make up the entire foundation of what you live your life for.
2. What does your writing say about you?
I think it says that I’m a realist, and that I recognize that the heroes and villains of life aren’t as clearly divided as we pretend they are. In reality, the hero is the person you relate to the most, and most heroes are one poor decision away from becoming the villain.
3. Which character do you identify with the most?
I think I can relate to most of my characters in one way or another, but I think the character I cheer for the most would be Mavado. From a personality standpoint, Reggie is probably the most closely aligned to my own sense of humor.
4. Describe the perfect writing environment.
The perfect writing environment is anywhere quiet, where coffee is readily available and in abundant supply.
5. Who’s your favorite author?
This might sound ludicrous, but I can’t say that I truly have a favorite author. I admire J.K. Rowling for her limitless creativity and unique imagination.
6. Where do you draw your inspiration?
Quite simply, from life; from my friends and family, from the people I meet every day. Inspiration is everywhere.
7. What’s your favorite part of the writing process?
Getting the story out of my mind and into print is the best part of the process. Stories which mean something to you will tend to grow and grow inside you until you can no longer contain them.