Book Reviews

Corruption (The Bureau 1) by Kim Fielding

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Alternate Reality / Angels/Demons / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 14-May-2018

Book Blurb

Once a proud demon of the night sky who carried nightmares to humans, Tenrael has spent decades in captivity as the star attraction of a traveling carnival. He exists in miserable servitude to men who plunk down ten dollars to fulfill their dark desires.

Charles Grimes is half human, half… something else. For fifteen years he’s worked for the Bureau of Trans-Species Affairs, ridding the country of dangerous monsters. When his boss sends him to Kansas to chase a rumor about a captive demon, Charles figures it’s just another assignment. Until he meets Tenrael.


Book Review

Demons are not normally creatures I feel sorry for, but that is because they are usually the bad guys since we have been conditioned to see them as evil - religious teachings and most paranormal stories agree on that. Whether or not they are sentient and have personalities is rarely up for debate, but Kim Fielding has built a world where doubt is possible. It’s an interesting premise, as is the Bureau of Trans-Species Affairs tasked with disposing all kinds of monsters in a setting that feels like the early twentieth century. The people inhabiting this alternative reality also think all demons are evil by definition… but then there is Tenrael.

Tenrael used to bring nightmares to humans and while that isn’t a nice thing to do, I am sure there are lots of demons who do a lot worse. Tenrael got caught and has been enslaved and mistreated for decades and seeing how his current owner tortures him on a daily basis made me feel sorry for Tenrael. The punishment, in this case, definitely does not fit the crime.

Charles has worked for the Bureau for fifteen years as a field agent, is half human since his absent father was… from another realm, and Charles is especially well suited to dealing with demons. A captive demon under a spell and working for a carnival is right up his professional alley, at least according to his boss. Charles has a mind of his own and getting to know him – very slowly – as the story unfolds was definitely a treat sprinkled with a few surprises.

Aside from the fabulous setting with excellent descriptions of the sights, sounds, and smells of this world, it was the characters who pulled me in and made me want to find out more. Neither man is completely bad or totally good and watching them find an unexpected balance made this a great read for me. Yes, it is short and I wanted more, but it is a complete story with a satisfying ending despite its brevity. A very creative and very well-done message about innocence and guilt, forgiveness, and redemption!

If you like paranormal stories with a few surprises, if you want to see what happens when prejudice is turned upside down, and if you’re looking for an intense read that might just make you think, then you will probably like this short story as much as I do. Its relatively few pages definitely made a lasting impression on me.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 46 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 03-June-2017
Price $0.99 ebook
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/Corruption-Bureau-Story-Kim-Fielding-ebook/dp/B071ZY66ZT