In the writing world there is, let us say, a difference of opinion on the merits of “genre fiction.” There are a lot of people for whom there is “literature”, which is deep and meaningful … and their is entertaining fluff, aka, genre fiction, which is not.
I call BS.
You can write things that are accessible and page turners that has deeper meanings and philosophical implications with multifaceted characters readers can care about. The genre fiction I like always does that, and the Imp Series is a prime example. The series explores the relationship of Chaos and Order, through Sam, an Imp hiding out on Earth, and her relationships with Demons, Angels, Humans, and others. The author, Debra Dunbar, has a degree in English with an emphasis on Medieval Literature and Folklore, and it really comes through in the Imp series as well as her Templar books. Her Angels aren’t sweet and nice (hey, in the Bible, Angels almost always say, “Be not afraid,” which kinda hints that they might be a bit scary.) Her demons aren’t misunderstood bad boys waiting to be saved either. They are their own damned species (ha!)
The great thing about the Imp series, is that Sam, being an Imp, is funny. There are laugh out loud moments, because even when her neck is on the line, she can be distracted by things like a chicken wand … which, considering she is an Imp, makes perfect sense.
Sam can be diabolical–much more so than my Loki–but she is fiercely loyal to her friends whether human, demon, or other. Oh, and bonus, the humans aren’t helpless. When they catch on to demonic danger, they fight back with guns. Lots and lots of guns.
Each story in this set is complete, but you’ll still want to rip right through the collection, because the characters rapidly become like old friends. I started reading these and didn’t write for a whole week … so … yeah. Getting the first three in a box set is a really good deal and you’ll wind up saving a lot of money.
Love the Imp Series? Say so below … or tell me what you’re reading and loving right now. I’m always looking for my next book-addiction!