Narrator: Charles Constant
Series: Hellmaw Series #1
Published by Tantor Audio on 31 October 2015
Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
Source: Publisher, Submitted
Best-selling author Ed Greenwood kicks off the bold new Hellmaw series with this raw, violent, sexy tale of three humans who discover the hard way that ruthless daemons live among us on Earth - and regard us as cattle. In Hellmaw: Your World Is Doomed, some daemons want to rule humankind, some want to love us, some want to become crime lords, and some just want to get back home - but to all of them, humans are to be devoured at will. Hungry daemon coming? Why worry? After all, your world is doomed.
©2015 Ed Greenwood (P)2015 Tantor
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Man… what a weird book. Like, a genuinely strange series of words arranged in a weird order to create a story unlike most. And I say that with happiness, not judgment.
Hellmaw is an urban fantasy, reimagined, and tossed on its head in a dark and imaginative way. I think the closest comparison I could make would be to Hellblazer (Or Constantine, the movie made about Hellblazer) or perhaps Neil Gaiman’s American Gods.
In short; Hellmaw presents us with a world filled with strange and wondrous creatures that are just beyond the corners of our eyes, and they’ve been here for a very long time, indeed. The primary characters of this novel are demons. Evil, straight from what passes for hell in this universe. They are not good in any sense we would want to ascribe to them, but they are complex and interesting, and have full and… rich lives. When they speak, they feel alien, and when they interact with the unknowing (or rarely, knowing) humans they live among, it feels like a stranger trying to pretend like he’s part of the group.
Ed Greenwood came to success with TSR then Wizards of the Coast, developing their deep and rich Forgotten Realms world. He’s written nearly thirty novels set in that world, and if you’ve read them, Hellmaw: Your World is Doomed will feel like a strange conversation with a close friend. Unnerving and bizarre, but familiar and enticing all the same. I will say that there are more than one scene in the book that raised my hackles due to… otherwordly desires, and they felt a little out of place to me as I listened to them. I was still entertained, but the scenes of demonic, carnal lust are exactly that. Not for the squeamish, let’s say.
Charles Constant’s narration is entertaining and fluid, especially in the scenes that feature the demons. Have I mentioned there are people in this book too? They just didn’t matter as much as the demons, and I’m okay with that. I’ll have to take a breather from the Hellmaw series, as I found it to be intense, but a little searching about showed me that there were a few more titles out there written by other authors, and that seems like a premise I’d like to investigate.
Hellmaw: Your World is Doomed is a wonderful, dark and funny experiment in urban fantasy that I think many would love, and many would run away from, terrified. I don’t think that’s a bad thing though. Sometimes being a little scared is a very good thing indeed.
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