A Shot in the Dark: A Jesse James Dawson Novel by K.A. Stewart: Book Review

Aug 6, 2011 | 2011 Articles, Books & Tales, Fantasy & Fangs, Teens

by Amanda Hager

Jesse James Dawson, a Champion, puts his own life on the line for those reckless enough to concord with demons and fights to save their souls. But even a Champion needs a break every now and then, so Jesse takes his annual camping trip to Colorado for some male bonding time over games of paintball. Sadly, the fun and war games are disrupted by a pack of creatures gathered up from the very pits of hell by an entity Jesse prayed he would never see again. With the lives of his friends and a teenager’s soul on the line, Jesse’s only hope may lay with an even more dangerous enemy-his personal demon, Axel.

Jesse James Dawson is an average guy, only if “average” carries a sword, practices bushido, and fights demons for the souls of those bargained away by their owners. Jesse has the rare ability as a Champion to rise up against a demon. It is a difficult task. Jesse will host the scars of his battles for the rest of his life – he is capable of doing this, and to walk away without trying is something he can’t do.

Other than the Champions, the Order of Saint Silvis, more like the Volturi in the Twilight Saga series, is always aware of this world of demons and the transactions they devise with man. The Order is very persistent and they are not always as willing to work with the Champions. Actually, the Order often delays more than helps. Jesse is unaware of it, but one of the Order has tagged along for his annual camping trip, and even though he is less than willing, when push comes to shove, he will be a benefit in the coming fight.

A Shot in the Dark is the first book I’ve read by K.A. Stewart, and is the second book in the Jesse James Dawson series. I recommend the series to those who enjoy fantasy, although I do not prefer fantasy. The storyline was very compelling and truly well written.

Amanda Hager is 17 years old & a senior at Reedley High School where she is a member of the Pirate Marching Band. She began writing in 5th grade & has always had a passion for it, winning some writing contests over the years.


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