Monday 5 July 2010

Devil's Kiss by Sarwat Chadda

From Goodreads: As the youngest and only female member of the Knights Templar, Bilquis SanGreal grew up knowing she wasn't normal. Instead of hanging out at the mall or going on dates, she spends her time training as a soldier in her order's ancient battle against the Unholy.

Billi's cloistered life is blasted apart when her childhood friend, Kay, returns from Jerusalem, gorgeous and with a dangerous chip on his shoulder. He's ready to reclaim his place in Billi's life, but she's met someone new: amber-eyed Michael, who seems to understand her like no one else, effortlessly claiming a stake in her heart.

But the Templars are called to duty before Billi can enjoy the pleasant new twist to her life. One of the order's ancient enemies has resurfaced, searching for a treasure that the Templars have protected for hundreds of years -- a cursed mirror powerful enough to kill all of London's firstborn. To save her city from catastrophe, Billi will have to put her heart aside and make sacrifices greater than any of the Templars could have imagined.

I was completely and utterly gripped with this book from page one. I really liked how it’s based around the ancient Templar legend. I enjoyed all the mythology and religious references – and completely fell in love with the author’s take on the supernatural. In this book the ‘unholy’ are feared – which makes it scary and action packed. I also liked the way the story is based around actual myths and legends and feels very plausible as a result.

I absolutely loved Billi – she is such a great character. At first she feels very distant and very guarded – which is understandable given her (lack) of relationship with her father. He is emotionally distant– sometimes brutally so! There is one scene in particular that makes for some rather uneasy reading but despite this there is definitely something about the character of Arthur SanGreal! In fact, all the characters are fleshed out really well. I particularly liked Kay and Elaine. It was interesting watching Billi interact with all the different characters - especially Kay. I thought the romance element to the story was really sweet and has a large part in determining Billi’s character towards the end.

Before I read this I heard of comparisons to Buffy. I would argue it has much more in common with the TV show Supernatural. It is dark, sometimes bleak, but also feels fresh and edgy and I really enjoyed the fact it was set in London. There is definitely a strong sense of foreboding that permeates the whole novel – no character feels safe and sacrifices are made – making the story all the better for it.

The ending is stellar and I did not see it coming. Or maybe I just hoped I would be wrong! You get answers, but this is not a story wrapped up with a nice bow and I applaud Chadda for his decision to take the story in the direction he does. It definitely sets up the next instalment as a must read!


Heidi V said...

Great review sounds like a good one!

Nina said...

I loved this book! It was so great and had a great amount of action in it. Bili was a great character and I felt with her the whole time. Looking forward reading the second one as well! :) Great review!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I really want to read this now! Thanks for the great review, Sammee!

Splendibird said...

This sounds fantastic and your review is just so well written!

Chapter Chicks said...

I'm really excited to read this now! I had mused over it a few times in Borders, but now I think I will pick it up because your review makes it sound amazing!


Unknown said...

Great review. Really enthused me and now I'm wondering if I should read this before Dark Goddess because I have that for review. I don't want to miss out. Thanks for the excitingness of this!

The Readings of a Busy Mom said...

such a great review i just read and reviewed the Dark Goddess the sequal to Devils Kiss and it was brilliant

Liz said...

Excellent review! It's such a good book. The Dark Goddess however is EPIC. Just spent most of tonight writing the review for tomorrow. Billi is the BEST.


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