Monday, 4 May 2009

Devil's Kiss by Sarwat Chadda

From Amazon: Fifteen-year-old Billi SanGreal never meant to make history. Dragged at the age of ten into the modern-day Knights Templar by her father, the Grandmaster, Billi's the first girl ever to be a Templar warrior. Her life is a rigorous and brutal round of weapons' practice, demon killing and occult lore – and a lot of bruises. But then temptation is placed in Billi's path – an alternative to her isolated life. But temptation brings consequences. In this case – the tenth plague – the death of all first borns and so Billi must choose her destiny. And as she soon discovers, death isn't even the worst...

Devil's Kiss mixes Templar mythology, supernatural beings and a kick-ass heroine together to make what is sure to be a big hit with Mortal Instruments fans.

Every type of creature is present, including vampires, demons, angels and ghosts. I hadn't read a lot of books centred around angels, so to have them so prominent in this book was brilliant. I liked all the characters, especially Billi, Kay and Percy. Billi reminded me of Buffy: a strong, no-nonsense girl with a very hard choice to make. Add to that a background of training and fighting, and you've got a demon warrior to be reckoned with.

The story was very fast paced, and certain twists and exits managed to shock me more than once. Although the romance element took more of a secondary focus, it was still believeable and realistic, and I can't wait to see if it will (or can) be revisited. I loved the Templar mythology, as well as the sense of family and community within the group. The London setting was also a welcome change, and I found that a more familiar place made the story that much more authentic.

I'd highly recommend Devil's Kiss to fans of Cassandra Clare, Buffy and Supernatural. It's out now in the UK, and is getting a US release in September. I really hope it does well. Add it to your wishlists now, then join me in the wait for the sequel!

7 comments:

Kate said...

This books sounds good. I'll have to see when it's released in the UK.

Amy said...

wow, it was compared to mortal instruments! must read it!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

Ooh, this sounds very good.

Bookgeek said...

Wow, I got this to review this week. Thanks for the heads up

Chicklish said...

Interesting review - it sounds great! Thanks!

cupcakewitch said...

I will try to remember this when September rolls around! I love it when books add in folklore and mythology!

Mishel said...

This sounds really good. I love the idea of a girl in the Knights of Templar. I'll have to check this out when it comes in September.