Monday, 7 November 2011

Dark Goddess - Book Review

Sarwat Chadda
YA Paranormal
Billi Sangreal is a Knight Templar and has thrown herself utterly into the brutal regime, shutting herself off from everyone and everything. But when Billi finds herself at the heart of a savage werewolf attack, she know their target – a young girl – must be rescued at all costs.
For this is no ordinary girl. Vasilisa is an avatar with an uncontrollable force within – and it’s not just the werewolves who want her. The Dark Goddess wants to sacrifice Vasilisa and use her powers to unleash unimaginable catastrophes and devastation.
Can Billi protect Vasilisa from the ancient Goddess – and at the same time stop her from destroying the world?
A few months ago, I read an epic book called ‘Devil’s Kiss’ that was adventurous, heartbreaking and filled with plenty of kick-ass characters that I couldn’t help but care for. Now the war between good and evil continues in its sequel ‘Dark Goddess’ which has higher stakes, greater intrigue, new romances and more action packed sword fights. I found it very hard to put down.
In the first book the main character Billi is trying to break free of her legacy, rebelling against her life as a Templar Knight. All she wants is to be a normal teenager without responsibilities – which everyone other than her father thinks is fair enough. Now in this second book you see how Billi has matured and accepted her duties, both her heart and mind hardened by the pain of the loss and sacrifice she’s previously endured. Yet even Billi finds her new, armoured-determination cracking when she is faced with grimmest choice of all. Can she kill an innocent child to save the world?
Through Billi’s eyes the reader is taken on an almost impossible quest. Journeying from the cobbled streets of England to the forgotten magnificence of Russia, Sarwat Chadda tells a story that is steeped in Russian folklore, delicately woven with other myths and legends to create horrifying evils whose sole goal is to bring about the apocalypse.  
With painted descriptions and hidden plots that will keep you guessing, this is a great sequel that wraps up all lose ends. It is clear to see how characters have grown and how relationships – particularly the one between Billi and her father – have developed and progressed.
All I can say is that fast paced and beautifully written, ‘Dark Goddess’ was an enchantingly, action-packed read with a twisted ending that will leave you thinking even days after turning the last page. After all, is the distinction between good and evil really so black and white? That is for you to ponder…
Lovers of action-packed novels, kick-ass heroines and ancient/secret societies - ‘Devil’s Kiss’ and ‘Dark Goddess’ are definitely books for you.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a great series, I'll have to check these out!