My latest read is Devil’s Kiss by Sarwat Chadda. This book was an uncomfortable book for me to read simply because of the subject matter. Religion plays a big part in this book, and many of the events of the book sort of flew in the face of everything I’ve ever been taught as a Christian. That being said, the book was a good one with a strong plot and sympathetic characters.
Bilqis SanGreal is the youngest and only female member of the Knights Templar, a group of warriors charged with protecting the world from the Unholy. Life, as you may imagine, is no picnic for Billi. In addition to attending “normal” school, where she has to dodge questions about bruises, cuts, and other injuries, she must endure rigorous training to prepare her for her battles against creatures who wish to spread evil and fear in the world.
Billi’s only real friend is Kay who has just returned from his year-long training as Templar Oracle in Jerusalem. Billi is a little bitter that Kay never tried to contact her during the past year. She also notices some changes in Kay that she’s none too pleased with. Where is the boy she used to call her best friend? And who is this new guy, Mike, who seems to be ready to take Kay’s place in Billi’s life? (Hint: Mike is not who–or what–he seems.)
As Billi deals with many changes in her life, she struggles with her place as a Templar. Does she want to spend the rest of her life battling the Unholy? She knows her lifespan is drastically reduced if she remains.
As events unfold, it becomes clearer and clearer that Billi’s destiny lies with the Knights Templar. It is up to her to fight against one who would unleash the Tenth Plague on the firstborn of London. Can she do it? Will she be able to sacrifice everything, possibly even her life, to save millions?
I highly recommend this book to fantasy fans, especially those who like their fantasy with religious undertones. If you like Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments trilogy, Devil’s Kiss by Sarwat Chadda may be the book for you.
If you would like more information on the Knights Templar, the website below is a good place to start.