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Book Review: The Demon Trapper’s Daughter

The Demon Trapper’s Daughter by Jana Oliver


"Riley Blackthorne just needs a chance to prove herself – and that’s exactly what the demons are counting on…

Seventeen-year-old Riley, the only daughter of legendary Demon Trapper, Paul Blackthorne, has always dreamed of following in her father’s footsteps.  The good news is, with human society seriously disrupted by economic upheaval and Lucifer increasing the number of demons in all major cities, Atlanta’s local Trappers’ Guild needs all the help they can get – even from a girl. When she’s not keeping up with her homework or trying to manage her growing crush on fellow apprentice, Simon, Riley’s out saving distressed citizens from foul-mouthed little devils – Grade One Hellspawn only, of course, per the strict rules of the Guild. Life’s about as normal as can be for the average demon-trapping teen.

But then a Grade Five Geo-Fiend crashes Riley’s routine assignment at a library, jeopardizing her life and her chosen livelihood.  And, as if that wasn’t bad enough, sudden tragedy strikes the Trappers’ Guild, spinning Riley down a more dangerous path than she ever could have imagined. As her whole world crashes down around her, who can Riley trust with her heart – and her life?”


The Demon Trapper’s Daughter was definitely an awesome read. I mean seriously, now after reading it, I want to be a Demon Trapper. Ok, do I really want to go out at night and capture demons? No, not particularly, but the idea of it is cool. Demon Trappers just reek of coolness, in their own special way. Life doesn’t get any cooler than throwing magical spheres at fiends, aka demons.

The Demon Trapper’s Daughter takes place in the year 2018 focusing mainly on seventeen-year-old, Riley Blackthorne who has lost almost everything, her mom, her house, etc., except for her Dad, Paul Blackthorne, a master trapper. Riley is an apprentice trapper training under her father when what should be an easy catch goes terribly wrong.

The beginning, mostly the first chapter or two, to Demon Trapper’s Daughter wasn’t very impressing. It seemed very formulaic. What should a very simply task, goes wrong when some greater strength gets involve. Yeah, been there, read that before. But the whole idea of Demon Trapping is intriguing enough to keep you reading. There were a few other very typical things I notice throughout the book. Like the demons taking an odd interest in the main character, but no one knowing exactly why.

Not a lot of questions were answered in this book. It was kind of frustrating to an extent, but it also leaves you highly anticipating the next book in hope of answers. The Demon Trapper’s Daughter seemed almost slow at times. Things weren’t rushed like in some books. Instead, everything happened and was presented at a realistic pace without getting boring.

Riley, the main character, is a character to remember. Riley is strong, smart, and awesome. After all the stuff Riley goes through /has been through and she can still crawl out of the bed in the morning? Riley is one tough chick, that’s for sure. The other characters, such as Beck, Simon, Paul, and Harper, were great in the sense that they made for great characters and each had a unique personality.


The Demon Trapper’s Daughter is definitely a book I’ll remember. It had a great, original concept and was entertaining throughout the entire book. Riley made for a great main character, as well as the rest of the cast. All I can say is… how long till the next book comes out?

 Rating: 4.5/5