Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Devil's Kiss

I don't often review books, probably never, certainly seldom. People might get the impression that this is a writing blog and that would never do! However, the gentlemanly Mr Sarwat Chadda did me the great favour of sending me an advance copy of Devil's Kiss.

"Once the Knights Templar were the greatest military organization in Christendom. Popes, kings and princes knelt under their gauntleted hands. But now they are few, just nine warriors lurking in the shadows, fighting their secret and eternal war. They survive, but only just. All it would take to wipe them out is One Bad Day. That day has come."

Billi SanGreal is the only girl to be initiated into the Knights Templar, a teenager struggling to come to terms with her father's brutal obsession with battling the forces of evil. Whilst helping him to battle the forces of evil. Cope with school. She longs for a normal life. And this as a backdrop to a struggle of epic proportions.

I have to admit to a little trepidation on opening the book. What if I didn't enjoy it? Would I struggle to finish it? I find it hard to finish books I don't enjoy, I'd sooner ditch them than waste my time.

I needn't have worried. The opening scene hooked me and dragged me deep into Billi's dilemma. The ensuing tensions and revelations propelled me through each chapter...I couldn't put it down!

Plenty of action and gore. Plenty of plot twists and character tensions to keep you guessing. Some of the scenes are mind-boggling!

It's a little while since I opened a book in the morning, missed the passing of the hours and closed it as the darkness gathers with a sense of awe. But that's what happened with Devil's Kiss.

A real treat from start to finish. It's flying round the family now, you never know a real teenager might get to read it one day!
My only gripe? The sequel isn't out yet!

Due out in May 2009 in the UK, and Fall 2009 in the US.


DOT said...

You should review more often. Devil's Kiss doesn't sound my cup of tea but definitely one for my son-in-law, which gives my three months to save up for it. So thanks

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

My copy arrived on Tuesday - I haven't had a chance to get stuck in yet, but I read the first two pages and had to force myself to put it down - it's brilliantly written, love the tightness of language and the immediate tension from the moment the story starts.

You've done a great review, Jon!

SueG said...

Hi there. I've given you an award. Yes, I have! You'll find it on my blog. Enjoy!

Nothingman said...

This one sounds interesting :) kudos to Mr Chadha for writing the book :)

Will pick it if i see it in any bookstores here :)



Tracy said...

I agree with Jon wholeheartedly. Devil's Kiss is a cracking good read. Highly recommended from me too.

Mickmouse said...

Sounds a cracking read Jon, love historical fiction. Currently reading Eoin Colfer's airman...have you read it? Got an evil Knight's Templar figure in it, with quite a lot of swash and buckle.
hee hee...the word verification was prolog

katcampbell said...

Oh no, now I have to add another book to my reading shelf. Great review Jon!

Jon M said...

DoT: I'm a bit shy of reviewing!

Vanilla: Cheers, hope you enjoyed it!

SueG: Thanking you!

Nman: Yay, I think you'd approve!

Tracy: Cheers!

Mickmouse: Loved Airman, I'm a big Eoin Colfer fan. Although Devil's Kiss is set in the here and now.

Kat: You'd love it!