Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Dark Goddess by Sarwat Chadda

For review: Puffin. Published 1 July 2010
From Goodreads: THE DARK GODDESS will take Billi to Russia to rescue Vasalisa, a young girl Billi’s promised to protect. To save her, Billi must defeat the werewolves that serve the witch Baba Yaga – and the Dark Goddess herself.

Baba Yaga is sickened by the destruction and corruption humanity has spread across the natural world. She recognises mankind has become a plague upon the Earth, and her duty is clear: to cleanse the planet and rid it of the pestilence of Man. Billi is sent to stop her, but does she have the right?

Betrayed and alone, Billi faces a final mighty battle in the abandoned ruins of Chernobyl.

To say I wasn’t sure what Sarwat Chadda was going to do after the ending of Devil’s kiss would be an understatement. I loved the first instalment so I began reading Dark Goddess with both excitement and trepidation. I needn’t have worried! Dark Goddess is awesome – I absolutely loved it!

This time the action moves from London to Russia – and I Ioved the Russian setting and the legend of Baba Yaga – it worked really well. It was interesting to see Billi out of her comfort zone. Ivan is a great addition to the series - I adored him. I also really liked Vasalisa and enjoyed her interactions with Billi. There was some great character development too – especially with Billi. She certainly doesn’t feel like a 15 year old girl anymore! There were also some great father / daughter moments and I am pleased that he is more of a ‘father’ in this one. He still treats Billi more like a soldier than a daughter but I guess that makes sense given the world they live in. I do really love his character and if I had to criticize the book it would be that I wanted him to be in more of it.

Again the story is very action packed – things happen all the time that you don’t see coming – or at least I didn’t - and I found it all very exciting. As with Devil’s Kiss you are not sure if all the characters will make it to the end – which gives the whole thing a sense of urgency. I do think there was much more humour in this instalment which added to characters and story as a whole. I still laugh when I think about the Holy Grail!

I just love the way Chadda has managed to make this series grow. Dark Goddess is not a rehash of the first book - instead it is something completely different - letting the characters grow and evolve naturally. Will everyone love this book as much as I do? I don’t know. All I can tell you is it ticks all the boxes for me and if I could bottle it's magic and sprinkle it over every other YA book I read I would! I really, really hope there are many more instalments to come!


Nina said...

Awesome review. Now you got me all excited to read this sequal. I love that there is plenty of action in the book, and that it's not expected. :)

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I've decided: I'm going to read these. I've just heard amazing thing after amazing thing about them.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Cool cover. Great review.

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

oooh, i really want to read this series! Thanks for the great review!

Ayesha said...

lol i loved this book too it really is that great and after Sarwat Chadda done a guest post over on The Blog today he reveals there will be a third...I can not wait

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