Detective Docherty and the Demon’s Tears by Sarah Waterraven: Book Review

Cover Art of Detective Docherty and the Demon's Tears by Sarah WaterRaven
Detective Docherty and the Demon’s Tears by Sarah Waterraven

One of the most entertaining books I’ve read in a long time, I recommend it to everyone. This is the first book of the series and I can’t wait to read the next books. And will you look at that beautiful cover! The author drew that herself.

Title: Detective Docherty and the Demon’s Tears
Author: Sarah WaterRaven.
Series: Book 1 of Detective Docherty series
Publisher: Raven’s Hollow Art and Publishing
Publication Date: 20 August 2012
Pages: 291
My Rating: 5/5

Introduction and Plot

Imagine waking up one day to find fairies in your backyard and giants on the street. Remember the creatures from fairy tales and folklore you read about when you were a kid but then you grew up and stopped believing in them? Yeah, turns out they were real–and you can see them. You see elves, centaurs, gremlins, goblins, and pixies. Apart from that, you discover that magick (yes, it has a k. I’ll explain why in a minute) is real too. Witches exist and so do Wizards and Sorcerers. Pretty cool, eh?

This is what happened after The Great Awakening when humans around the world woke up to this new reality.

We, humans, aren’t known for playing nice with other beings. However, the government acknowledged that these fairy and otherkin have been here for hundreds or thousands of years, living in secret, and invisible to ordinary humans and we pretty much destroyed their homes and habitats. But after The Great Awakening there had to be a coordination between humans and otherkin. Hence came the Grand Apology and for better or worse, these otherkin and seemingly exotic creatures had to adjust to the human civilization and we were stuck with these new neighbors.

But now crimes which were previously unexplained could be believed in and there also emerged new disputes. Enter Detective Docherty and his assistant Ares (who is a Vampire).

What follows are the crazy adventures of Detective Docherty and Ares as they solve crazier cases together along with Alexandria.

The plot is well written and entertaining. The imagery is detailed and descriptive making for a beautiful and vivid narrative. I don’t usually give out final opinions about a book this early in the review but it’s important that I emphasize how much I really enjoyed reading this book. This makes it difficult to write this review as I could write pages upon pages on every section and character but I’ll try to cut it down to the best of my ability.

Before you all start pointing out the error in ‘magick’ — magic refers to card tricks and pulling bunnies out of a hat. Whereas Magick is the real deal.

Okay, now that that’s been addressed, let’s delve deeper, shall we?

Characters

Characters are one of the finest elements of this wonderful book. Every character is well written, nuanced, complex and realistic.

Detective Docherty is a forgetful, old man. He forgets if he’s already fed his goldfish along with a lot of other small matters but one thing he never forgets is to be kind to everyone. Docherty is one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. Apart from that, he’s an outstanding Detective with an acute sense of detail.

The Detective is assisted by Ares (Oh and did I touch on the fact that he’s a Vampire?!). Ares has literally become one of my favorite fictional characters ever. He’s calm, cold and might come off as an arse but at the same time, he’s an especially complex character whose every action makes sense. I loved that he remains faithful to his personality. He’s also become my personal yardstick for comparing other vampires.

Ares
Ares as imagined by @maplewitch

Alexandria is the newest member of Team Docherty (they don’t actually call themselves that). She is as the Detective says, “full of surprises”. She’s kind, cheerful, and a free spirit. She dresses in the brightest and most colorful clothes. Apart from her love for nature, animals, and everybody around her, she loves helping people. She’s definitely a wonderful and charming character.

World

The world the Author has created is nothing short of “full of surprises”. I realize that I’m starting to sound repetitive but that’s the only way I could describe it.

The story is set in Toronto, Canada. The way the Author brings together humans and otherkins is admirable. For the most part, things are much more harmonious than you’d expect. She also puts her personal touches to these magickal creatures who have been written about so many times in the past by others. This adds a refreshing touch to them which is delightful. This is done while preserving the essential qualities that are associated with them (NO, Vampires don’t twinkle when they’re out in the Sun), creating a beautiful reading experience.

It was fascinating and entertaining to read about such a diverse set of beings.

Conclusion and Final Comments

I’m certain you realize that I truly relished the novel. I loved the Story, Characters, and the World.

All of them come together to create a magickal experience.

We might not have fairies in our backyards but our world can be equally magickal if you seek it. Our world and the outlying universe are equally magnificent. The creatures walking around in our world–from the microscopic organisms to the elephants to the giant blue whales are nothing less than magickal. Perhaps we can also find magick within us and those around us. Despite how varied the world in this story is from ours in terms of the community, it isn’t too different in some ways. The author makes a point about how we’ve been ruining the environment, making it unsuitable for the beings who aren’t humans and isn’t that what we’ve been doing? Perhaps it isn’t upsetting the elves, but we shouldn’t forget that we humans don’t own the planet only to ourselves.

We have different plants, animals, insects, fishes, and people growing together, doing their own thing. One thing the book can teach you is to recognize the magick in others and rather than dividing and fighting about the differences, learn to appreciate and respect them so that we can all compliment each other be the best versions of ourselves we can be and flourish.

Everyone is different and everyone is magickal.

“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.”

– Audre Lorde
A Centaur
Centaur drawn by Sarah WaterRaven
Team Docherty: Ares, Detective Docherty, Alexandria and Raven.
Ares, Detective Docherty, Alexandria, and Raven
Credit: @teabvt

You can also read the author’s standalone story “I Fell in Love With a Necromancer” which is set in the same universe as Detective Docherty. It is available on Wattpad.

Thanks for reading! Don’t forget to engage with me in the comments, emails or Social Media. Please share the post if you enjoyed it. Have a great day!

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