Daemon Parallel

Roy Gill

Out of print

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Cameron discovers he has the power to shift between worlds and enter Edinburgh Parallel -- home to demons and werewolves -- in this dark supernatural adventure.

Floris Books
Age Range:
From 12 to 15 years
307 pages
Publication date:
22 Mar 2012


'"Where dwell those creatures that are not man, no nor angel either," she recited. "Where do you think the monsters people used to believe in came from?"
"Ri-ight." Cameron had the distinct impression this conversation was running away from him. "And this daemon world would be where exactly?"
"Closer than you think."'

After his father's death, Cameron discovers an inheritance he could never have imagined. He has the power to world shift between the Human and Demon dimensions and travel through the Parallel – a realm between worlds where the two meet.

Entering Edinburgh's dark demon underworld Cameron befriends a werewolf, bargains with beasts, and battles demons. But who can he trust in a world where nothing is what it seems?

Roy Gill's 'Parallel' books introduce a stunning new mythology of colliding worlds and supernatural creatures, grounded in the familiar Edinburgh landscape.


'A brilliant book from start to finish with intriguing characters, an earth shattering plot, not to mention all the emotion weaved in throughout... A big thumbs up 10/10'
-- Amy Smith, age 12, Daily Record Book Club reviewer

'Edinburgh is conjured brilliantly and beautifully here, and we can really believe in it as a place suffused by magic... I adored this novel. I really, really want it to be the first in a sequence. I want it to be a boxed set of novels that are just about falling apart with repeated rereadings. That's how much I enjoyed this first one.'
-- Paul Magrs, Dr Who writer

'This book is absolutely brilliant ... It's like watching the adventure first hand, as if you were a fly on the wall... This is a great debut book and one that will fly high into my top five reads of this year.'
-- Mr Ripley's Enchanted Books

'It is full of adventure, action, and mystery. This book definitely deserves to be read, even if it's one in the morning like it was for me.'
-- Bookxrock Blog

'Intriguing, interesting, and weaves a wonderful tale of fantasy and adventure ... I can't wait for a sequel!'
-- Libguides.Colonial blog

'A fast-paced and exciting read...With plenty of action and a healthy dose of humour...We would heartily recommend Daemon Parallel to anyone who enjoys a light-hearted and exciting adventure story with magical elements: with its clever plot, realistic characters and unique setting, it is one of those "just one more chapter" titles which will keep readers gripped to its action-packed climax.'
--Edinburgh Spotlight

'Great writing in this gutsy fantasy thriller set in Edinburgh -- a city with two sides to it.'
-- Mumsnet

'Loved the book. It was fun and exciting, definitely something younger readers would be able to see themselves in ... this is a good start to what looks to be a promising series (I hope!)'
-- L. Spiel, NetGalley

'It's a great book and it was good that it was set in Edinburgh ... Some of the great things in the book were that there was a different universe and all the characters had good personalities.'
-- Firrhill High pupil, Teen Titles

'This book is well written, descriptive, humourous, unusual, and mysterious. It pulls you in from the very first page. It has a fantastic ending with a nail biting cliff-hanger.'
-- Firrhill High pupil, Teen Titles

'If you like urban fantasy stories that don't take themselves too seriously, that have you giggling almost at every chapter, that have interesting characters, a plot that doesn't revolve around saving the world, and all of this set in the capital of Scotland, then I recommend this book hands down, and I would support the author in any way possible for a sequel. So what are you waiting for? Go out and get it!'
-- Deviantart blog

'This impressive debut novel has just the right blend of action, mystery, adventure, magic, supernatural, humour and character development...And what a gutsy ending!'
-- Boys Do Read blog

'It is probably the best written book by a new author that I've read in a while ... Roy Gill has teenage banter to a T (or is that a B?) and the book is a highly entertaining read. Please let there be more from Roy Gill, whether underground, overground or parallel.'
-- Lothian Life

'With more twists and turns than a basilisk, and a truly exciting ending that kept me on the edge of my seat, Daemon Parallel gripped me throughout and made me long for a sequel.'
-- kidsreadbooks

'Roy Gill's first novel reminds me of the work of the great Diana Wynne-Jones ... It's not a straightforward thing to put grief at a heart of a children's novel, particularly one full of werewolves and a giant spider made of curtain material, but Gill's success with it is rewarding: you believe in Cameron and his dilemma throughout, and that's key ... there is a wonderful, intriguing world to be explored here.'
-- A pile of leaves blog

'The writing was beautiful, and the story as promising and yummy as a piece of cake you're about to sink your spoon into!... I never put ratings to my books before, but I'm going to put a rating on this one: a milky way of stars for Daemon Parallel, and one of the best books I've read in a long time.'
-- Daniela Sacerdoti

'For a werewolf/daemon fantasy with a difference, set in Edinburgh, you can't do better.'
-- The Bookwitch

'Dry humour and some understanding of teenage angst.'
-- School Librarian Journal


Roy Gill was born in Edinburgh, and has a PhD from Stirling University on the topic of media fandom. He has taught English and Film at Stirling and Strathclyde, and also worked front-of-house in a theatre. He has always enjoyed writing, and has published articles, reviews and short fiction in books and journals such as Critical Quarterly, Creeping Flesh and Fractured West. In 2009/10 he won a New Writer's Award from the Scottish Book Trust.


Daemon Parallel was shortlisted for Floris Books' Kelpies Prize for new Scottish writing for children. Find out more about the Kelpies Prize and send your manuscript: next year, it could be your book being published!

Don't miss the Discover Kelpies website for children with exclusive author interviews, fun stuff and latest gossip on your favourite Scottish stories.

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