“ Genre: Junior Books / Author: Sarwat Chadda / Edition: 1st Edition / Paperback / 288 Pages / Book is published 2009-05-07 by Puffin „
Billi SanGreal is the only girl in the Knights Templar and the I have to say she's possibly the most fiesty heroine I've come across. Only fifteen years old and her life is a cycle of weapons practice - cruel, harsh weapons practice - and the killing of every demon you can think of; vampires, angels, ghosts.
The first chapter just spellbound me - it's the day Billi has to face The Ordeal, (the final test before she can begin life in the Order of the Knight Templar). It shouldn't be too hard..all she has to do is kill a six year-old boy...the whole situation brought chills to me, the thought of even thinking about what she has to do makes me want to scream. It doesn't help that the atmosphere is so tense and haunting.
I have to be honest, some parts were a bit of a struggle, but fortunately as I started to understand more about the background of the Knights Templar, I was hooked in. The novel follows a very complex story line which makes it a bit hard to keep up with at times, but the premise is fantastically ambitious which made up for that fact.
Devil's Kiss is different from all the other paranormal stories out there, the events are intelligently structured and Chadda's writing is gripping. Especially the action scenes, which are truly something else. My favourite part had to be the last 50 pages or so. The religious themes in the book were fascinating to read about, but I enjoyed reading and learning about the Templar mythology even more. There was a sense of..what's the word? I don't know, but the Templars felt like one huge family to me. Their relationship was strong and compassionate; it just felt like the were together..fighting for what's right..together..as one (?!).
The story was fast paced, with twists and turns that shock. The elements to the novel were realistic and believable. The author's take on 'supernatural' is outstanding. I liked that story is based on real myths and legends, it makes it feel more authentic, and as a result the novel itself is dark, grim and violent.
I will end by saying that Devil's Kiss was a thrilling novel..but Dark Goddess is even BETTER! Read it!