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Review - A Battle Against Demons by Kjell-Vidar Ahman Teig



I find myself on a raft on Lake Mørkved, pursued by both the living and the dead. The muzzle of a gun pressed against my neck could save me from the Witch and Death but also prevent me from breaking the curse cast upon us all. How could things go this wrong?


The sign welcoming you to Øyerstad is worn and torn, and if you blink, you might just miss it – the little village nestled deep in the forests of rural Norway. Everyone in Øyerstad thinks they know everyone in Øyerstad. They don’t.

The Circus

The Phantoms sway eerily outside the tent, where the scents of sweets, popcorn, grease, and oil mix with the stench of excrement. Hooves and claws scrape against iron grating. Something prowls out there, where light becomes dark, a deeper shadow within the shadows, ready to tear apart anything in its path.


The town of Oyerstad in Norway seems forgettable to those who pass by, yet it is home to Death, a witch, and a circus that seems to be home to wicked things. Is that actually the case, or is it all stories woven by the locals and children with wild imaginations?

Throughout the course of the book, the story is told through different viewpoints and timelines, all of which can be a little dizzying at times. There are little fragments of what is going on scattered throughout, so though it may feel confusing at tines, stick with it.

The character development and storytelling is fantastic, with the author doing a fantastic job of making you feel as though you are stuck in the 80s and 90s as the story unfolds. The revelation, when it comes, will leave you flipping back pages to see how you missed it.

You can grab your copy HERE.

4 Stars out of 5

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