Damien the Devil
- Child under the Stairs
Damien is a 14 year old orphan that has grown up in foster homes all his life. He finds out that he is a "Vampeal" , a child born from a vampire and human. If that wasn't bad enough Damien is a teenager that is dealing with his feelings for other boys. Damien is put into a home that the foster parents are very religious and he ends up on the street. Patrick is Damien's caseworker and if fresh out of college is assigned to look after him but finds out that Damien is no longer at the foster home. So Patrick sets out to look for him, which turns out to be a very dangerous road for both of them.
Publisher: Independently Published
Heat Level: 2
Romantic Content: 2
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: Under 18
Protagonist 2 Age: Under 18
Protagonist 3 Age: 18-25
Tropes: Coming of Age, Coming Out / Closeted, Death of Parent
Word Count: 17651
Setting: Cincinnati Ohio
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Continuous / Same Characters
Child Under the Stairs introduces readers to Damien Lampir, a 14-year-old "Vampeal"- born from a vampire and human. As if being a Vampeal wasn't bad enough, he is also coming to terms with his growing attraction to boys while navigating a slew of mismatched foster homes.
Luckily, Damien has the Feral Society, a supernatural workforce created to maintain order between worlds, and a new Renfield to watch over him until he reaches maturity. Damien has such an interesting journey ahead with his new forever home and love interest and I am excited to see what's in store.
Despite this being a relatively short book, I believe the author laid an excellent foundation for the continuation of the series and I applaud the creative spin he has taken on this paranormal story. Writing from a child's perspective can be tricky but I am vested in seeing how Damien matures throughout the books. The Davidson twins, Patrick and Matthew are quite the dynamic duo with their shared supernatural gifts and add a much-needed adult dynamic to the writing.
My only qualm with this book was that I felt the writing was a bit stiff at times and did not allow the dialogues to flow freely. Other than that I think this story has great potential!