Dark Goddess (Devil's Kiss Series #2) [NOOK Book]

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New enemies, new romance, and new horrors, Billi's back, and it seems like the Unholy just can't take a hint. Still reeling from the death of her best friend, Kay, Billi's thrust back into action when the Templars are called to investigate werewolf activity. And these werewolves are like nothing Bilil's seen before. They call themselves the Polenitsy - Man Killers. The ancient warrior women of Eastern Europe, supposedly wiped out centuries ago. But now they're out of hiding and on the hunt for a Spring Child -- ...
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Dark Goddess (Devil's Kiss Series #2)

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Overview

New enemies, new romance, and new horrors, Billi's back, and it seems like the Unholy just can't take a hint. Still reeling from the death of her best friend, Kay, Billi's thrust back into action when the Templars are called to investigate werewolf activity. And these werewolves are like nothing Bilil's seen before. They call themselves the Polenitsy - Man Killers. The ancient warrior women of Eastern Europe, supposedly wiped out centuries ago. But now they're out of hiding and on the hunt for a Spring Child -- an Oracle powerful enough to blow the volcano at Yellowstone -- precipitating a Fimbulwinter that will wipe out humankind for good. The Templars follow the stolen Spring Child to Russia, and the only people there who can help are the Bogatyrs, a group of knights who may have gone to the dark side. To reclaim the Spring Child and save the world, Billi needs to earn the trust of Ivan Romanov, an arrogant young Bogatyr whose suspicious of people in general, and of Billi in particular. Dark Goddess is a page-turning, action-packed sequel that spans continents, from England to the Russian underworld and back. This is an adventure of folklore and myth become darkly real. Of the world running out of time. And of Billi SanGreal, the only one who can save it. EXCERPT The screaming started immediately. The carriage was lit by small spots of pearly white as people used their mobiles to see, but all they revealed were the stark, rigid faces of fear. Billi tightened her hold on Vasilisa as the mass moved and buffeted against each other. The air thickened with terror. "I can't breathe!" "Get out!" "It's a bomb!" "It's terrorists!" "Open the doors!" A scuffle broke out at as people tried to barge their way through the interconnecting doors while those in the next carriage tried to do the same. The screams multiplied and someone clawed at Billi's leg as they were knocked down. Somewhere further in the compartment a baby started crying and in the eerie gloom Billi saw two men trying to wrestle the buggy away from the doors with the mother trying to fight them off. The howl silenced the entire train. Everyone paused as some primeval dread crept through their skins and froze them. No one breathed.
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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Kathleen Beck
Billi SanGreal is the youngest of the Knights Templar, the ancient order pledged to fight the forces of evil. In today's world, the threat takes supernatural rather than religious form. In the name of Baba Yaga, the ancient Russian hag and earth goddess, a tribe of werewolf women called Polenitsy seek a small girl named Vasilisa, the Spring Child. Her psychic powers will enable Baba Yaga to bring about Fimbulwinter, the freeze that will free earth from the scourge that is humankind. To rescue Vasilisa, Billi and her fellow knights must brave the Russian winter; join forces with their counterparts, the Bogatyr; and earn the trust of the Bogatyrs' nominal leader, Ivan, the last heir to the Romanov throne. Bitten by the Polenitsy, Billi fights to find the Child before the urge to transform into wolf form overcomes her. Fans of the paranormal have read this before, but that will not deter them from welcoming Billi's second adventure (after Devil's Kiss [Disney Hyperion, 2010]). All the elements are there: beautiful but conflicted heroine; handsome, wary hero; quasi-religious, secretive group of fighters; exotic setting; bloodthirsty, supernatural opponents. The author borrows freely from various traditions; the Templars conflate Crusaders and Arthurian legend, while Russian folklore contributes the figure of Baba Yaga. Characterization is sacrificed to action, but the book is better written than many in the genre. There are frequent references to the first volume in the series, but no summary is provided. Buy where werewolves are popular. Reviewer: Kathleen Beck
Children's Literature - Kirsten Shaw
A follow up to the novel Devils' Kiss, fifteen-year-old Knights Templar Billi SanGreal is struggling with the death of her friend and first love Kay. She has only a short time to grieve before she is thrust into another mission with the Templars. This time to help save a Spring Child that has been abducted by the Polenitsy, a group of Russian werewolves that plan to sacrifice the child to their goddess-Baba Yaga. However, nine-year-old Vasilisa is not a normal Spring Child; she is a powerful avatar that can control volcanic activity on the Earth, and when Baba Yaga consumes her and her powers, she plans to trigger a volcanic eruption that will cleanse the Earth of all mankind. Working with a group of Russian knights, the Bogatyrs, Billi and the Templars must find Vasilisa before she is sacrificed or the world they know will cease to exist. Chadda creates an imaginative world of fantasy creatures and the warriors that hunt them with little bits of history and legends sprinkled throughout the story. Billi is a tough and clever heroine with a strong sense of responsibility and loyalty to the Templars. Chadda injects just the right amount of romance for Billi with the young Bogatyr, Ivan Romanov, to show her more sensitive side without deviating from the story or turning off male readers. Familiarity with the previous novel is helpful, but not necessary. Dark Goddess stands on its own and is a must read for any lover of fantasy literature. Reviewer: Kirsten Shaw
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—In this sequel to Devil's Kiss (Hyperion, 2009), Billi SanGreal the only female member of the Knights Templar, discovers a powerfully psychic child. A pack of all-female werewolves kidnaps her, and Billi and crew must head to Russia to face them and their goddess, Baba Yaga. There they are assisted by the Bogatyrs and their leader, Ivan, a descendant of Anastasia Romanov. Ivan and Billi quickly develop a bond when she saves him from a ghul (vampire). While still maintaining her tough edginess, Billi gradually becomes a more sympathetic character in this installment. The action is fast paced and scary, while still allowing time for character development. The plot is steeped in lore from multiple cultures and religions. Given this, it is puzzling that no one remarks on the fact that all of the Templars just happen to have Arthurian names. Sadly, one can not help but notice that the cover is heavily white washed. It portrays Billi, who is described as favoring her Pakistani mother, as Caucasian. Boys will enjoy the story as well, but will likely not be interested in carrying around a book that looks like a paranormal romance. That said, Billi will appeal to those who appreciate tough and independent heroines, and the stories have broad appeal to anyone who enjoys horror stories.—Kristin Anderson, Columbus Metropolitan Library System, OH
Kirkus Reviews

Since slaying her best friend (Devil's Kiss, 2009), Billi SanGreal has been frozen in grief, relieved only by her grim dedication to the Templars, a secret order sworn to defend humanity from supernatural enemies. Currently, these enemies are werewolves targeting a young psychic as a sacrifice to their goddess, Baba Yaga. The quest to rescue this Spring Child and avert global apocalypse sends the Templars to Russia, where ancient myths mix uncomfortably with modern oligarchs and where Billi must confront her inner Beast and (even more terrifying) a possible new romance. The grisly violence (lovingly depicted) and staggering body count (mostly offpage) keep this sequel firmly in the horror genre. The evocative contrast established in the previous title between the Templars' glorious past and squalid present suffers when the action shifts from London backstreets to Muscovite palaces and primeval forest. Still, Billi remains a compelling heroine—strong, conflicted, yearning for tenderness—and the copious allusions to Slavic legends add exotic savor. The final confrontation with Baba Yaga falls a bit flat, but the bittersweet conclusion is ripe with potential repercussions that will keep readers hooked. (Horror. 12 & up)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423147411
  • Publisher: Disney Book Group
  • Publication date: 1/25/2011
  • Series: Devil's Kiss Series, #2
  • Sold by: DISNEY PUBLISHING WORLDWIDE -EBKS
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 886,052
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • File size: 495 KB

Meet the Author

Sarwat Chadda
Sarwat Chadda (www.sarwatchadda.com) was brought up on the adventures of the great medieval heroes like Saladin and Richard the Lionheart. His passion for storytelling grew from his love for the history, culture and myths of Europe and the Middle East.

Sarwat used to be an engineer, working on projects like the Channel Tunnel and Hong Kong airport, but now he writes full time. He has travelled widely, from China to India, from Nicaragua to the Yemen, but there's no place like home, and home is London.

Devil's Kiss was his first novel.

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  • Posted December 29, 2010

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    Great Sequel!

    While visiting London this summer, my one requirement was to visit a book store and pick up this book since here, in the United States, the book is not released until next year. I am extremely glad I did this. I loved Devil's Kiss the first book featuring Billi SanGreal and I was really looking forward to seeing where Sarwat Chadda would take Billi next.

    Dark Goddess, the sequel to Devil's Kiss, was more than I expected, in a good way. Sarwat Chadda continues Billi's adventures as a Templar Knight and in this book expands the world Billi lives in. I loved that this book took Billi away from London and brought her, along with the rest of the Templars, to Russia where we get to meet the Russians equivalent of the Templars. Russia provides Billi many more challenges and has her continuing to question herself and her duty as a Templar.

    In the Dark Goddess, the events from the previous book have truly taken a toll on Billi. In this book, Billi, who still have those characteristics I love about her, such as her stubbornness and devotion to those she loves, has been deeply effected by the previous events in her life. Billi has grown as a character, and continues to grow even more because of the events of these books. I often forgot that Billi is a fifteen year old girl. She seems more mature that because of the harsh life she has been subjected to as a Templar. Even though Billi gets put through more events that have her questioning her beliefs, I love that she stayed true to herself and ended up growing up even more from her experiences.

    One of my favorite parts about this book was that it took place in Russia and that in Russia we met a whole new set of characters. I must confess, I have a weird love of Russia and really would love going there and I was so glad that Billi got to go there in this book. I also really loved how Sarwat Chadda took the Russian myth of Baba Yaga and made it his own. I've read a few different takes on Baba Yaga and I really like his spin on her and how well it fit with the story. Along with just loving Russia, the characters Sarwat Chadda introduced to us in Russia are probably some of my favorite. I loved Ivan Alexeivich Romanov, even if he did fulfill Kay's role in this book. Ivan is basically a male version of Billi, and I loved that what you see with him is not what you get. He is battling many personal battles, like Billi, and it was interesting to see his story revealed.

    Overall, I truly enjoyed Dark Goddess and ended up reading it all in one sitting. I think I ended up enjoying this book more than it predecessor, probably cause it had Russia in it (just kidding). I found this book very enjoyable, and the ending left me wanting more since it was left opening, hopefully for a sequel to help resolve it. I was not disappointed in my buy in the UK and extremely glad I brought it. Definitely check this book out when it is released in the US.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2013

    Great book but whats the name of the 3rd one?

    Awsome book!!!!!!! LOVED IT!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted January 28, 2013

    It was fantastic! It was so incredibly intense, especially at th

    It was fantastic! It was so incredibly intense, especially at the end. I was mentally screaming it was so crazy! And I really like the new guy, Ivan. Though I really liked Kay and miss him, Ivan's a really good character. This book was so good!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2012

    Perfect

    Well said. A fantastic sequel. So romantic yet bloody! A supernatrual take on history. Absloutley a wonderful tale of saddnes and romance. The perfect cross of my absloutle favorite genere

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012

    A good sequel

    Awesome book. I rlly missed Kay in this book but, i think him and Billi were better friends. Billi and Ivan were a cute couple. They compliment each other.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    Cant wait!!!

    I cant wait to read this book!!!

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  • Posted February 14, 2011

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    Great Action Packed Follow up to Devil's Kiss

    Sarwat Chadda topped himself with his sophomore book, Dark Goddess. It's action packed and has more of the colorful Templar Lore I loved in Devil's Kiss. Dark Goddess travels outside London and brings the reader to Russia with all it's rich history and it's own fight against the Unholy. I'm a big history person and always love when a book brings in histories and myths I've read other places and Dark Goddess hits the mark and weaves that history into a whole new direction. Sarwat has done a great job of mixing in the what if history of Russia and the real history of Russia/Eastern Europe in a wonderfully dramatic way.

    Dark Goddess picks up shortly after the events of Devil's Kiss. Billi is dealing with the loss of Kay and continues to try to reconcile her personal life with her life as a Knights Templar. And while Billi is trying to figure out how to live in a world without Kay, she has to investigate werewolf activity that brings her all the way to Russia and into the world of Ivan Romanov.

    Ivan and the Russian Bogatyrs add another wonderful layer to the story. Ivan and the Bogatyrs could have been just a tool to move the story on, but Sarwat builds their world just as richly as he does Billi's. I enjoyed reading about Ivan's journey from a lost prince to a strong leader. The contrast between the Templars and the Bogatyrs was also well played. You could totally see what could have happened to the Templars if they didn't have strong leaders leaders like Billi's dad there to ensure that the legacy was moving forward.

    I enjoyed watching Billi grow and move beyond the events of Devil's Kiss. She is a wonderfully complex character who's willing to kick butt whenever it's needed. I also liked seeing Billi's softer side. Watching her learn to trust Ivan and form a bond with him was very heartwarming and showed Billi's continued growth through the book. With the addition of Ivan I know have another reason to say I WANT ANOTHER BILLI BOOK! I want to read where their now shared and entwined history and story will go!

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