Author Barbara Russell

Author Barbara Russell
I live and work in Auckland, the City of Sails, New Zealand. I’m a soil biologist, which is a fancy way to say that I dig in the dirt, looking for bugs, but I promise, it’s more exciting than it sounds. I started writing when I was eight and never stopped since. I was a kid when I read Ivanhoe by Sir W. Scott and fell in love with historical novels. Then I discovered historical fantasy, and I fell in love again. In fact, I took it too seriously and believed that my elderly, bearded neighbour was Merlin and his black cat was Morgan le Fey. When I read Harry Potter and learned about Animagi, I knew I was right. Then I grew up and… nah, I’m joking. Don’t grow up, folks! It’s a trap.
The Good Inside Me
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Genre: Young Adult Dark Fantasy
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Dragons, short-tempered archdemons, and hysterical damned souls—Shax is used to dealing with all that. He’s a young fire demon and lives in Hell, after all. What he’s not used to is being possessed by a human. A very good human and a pretty girl at that: sixteen-year-old Tolis. Despite still having control of his body most of the time, Shax can hear Tolis’s voice inside his head and feels what she feels constantly.

Shax’s mentor claims that Tolis hides an ancient, powerful grimoire, a book of spells, and proposes a deal: if Shax finds it, he’ll help Shax get work as a dragon keeper—Shax’s dream job. Tolis swears she doesn’t have the grimoire and asks Shax to help her father, whose soul is turning evil by the minute. Unless Tolis does something, her dad’s soul will end in Hell. Hoping to convince her to give him the grimoire, and not because Shax cares about the man’s soul, he agrees to help.

Goodness is overrated. Since Shax decided to help Tolis, his life has turned into a hurdle race. Thugs chase him, the scientists in Hell want to prod and examine the first possessed demon in history, and he can’t find the darn grimoire.

And the worst part? Due to the unavoidable presence of Tolis, who keeps intruding into his evil thoughts, Shax discovers an almost decent side of himself. In no time at all, he catches himself doing actual good deeds. Is he becoming—yuck—good?