When it comes to demons, always read the fine print.
Jesse James Dawson was an ordinary guy (well, an ordinary guy with a black belt in karate) until one day he learned his brother had made a bargain with a demon, Jesse discovered there was only one way to save his brother: put up his own soul as collateral, and fight the demon to the death.
Jesse lived to free his brother-and became part of a loose organization of Champions who put their own souls on the line to help those who get in over their heads with demons. But now experienced Champions are losing battles at a much higher rate than usual. Someone has changed the game. And if Jesse can't figure out the new rules, his next battle may be his last...
This book had the potential to be something really great and I was a little frustrated that it didn't fully deliver on it's promise. It was still a decent and well written read though.
Jesse is one of a dwindling group of warriors that can be hired to fight demons to save the soul of the client from being taken. So if you do a deal with a demon and change your mind, Jesse can fight the demon in your place and hopefully win your soul back. Jesse is a good hero because he is flawed, funny, and for a pleasant change, is married with a kid. It makes him seem more like a normal guy with a strange job, and it was nice to see something a little different. He has a good personality and that is important for me in an MC.
The book starts with a bang as Jesse endures a brutal fight with a demon, and this was very well written and entertaining. I also liked the big fight at the end of the book which was clever and well thought out. The world building was solid, the writing was good and the author had a clear idea of where they were going and what they wanted to deliver. There was plenty to like about this book.
Where it fell a bit for me was spending way too much time with Jesse as a family man, with an annoying and very hyper child that got on my nerves. I hate children at the best of times so this was pretty irritating. It caused the book to become pretty slow after that initial fight scene. It took to page 128 to negotiate his next fight, which then doesn't take place until page 267. There needed to be something other than his family life to fill in between the fights to keep the reader engaged.
So while I liked the character, the plot and the writing, I don't see me continuing with the series, based on how slow this book went in the middle-unless I get the chance to borrow it from a friend.