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Devil's Kiss (Devil's Kiss Series #1)
     

Devil's Kiss (Devil's Kiss Series #1)

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by Sarwat Chadda
 

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As the youngest and only female member of the Knights Templar, Bilquis SanGreal grew up knowing she wasn't normal. Instead of hanging out at the mall or going on dates, she spends her time training as a soldier in her order's ancient battle against the Unholy. Billi's cloistered life is blasted apart when her childhood friend, Kay, returns from Jerusalem, gorgeous and

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As the youngest and only female member of the Knights Templar, Bilquis SanGreal grew up knowing she wasn't normal. Instead of hanging out at the mall or going on dates, she spends her time training as a soldier in her order's ancient battle against the Unholy. Billi's cloistered life is blasted apart when her childhood friend, Kay, returns from Jerusalem, gorgeous and with a dangerous chip on his shoulder.

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Publishers Weekly
Chadda's fast-paced debut introduces 15-year-old Billi SanGreal, who is drafted into the modern remnants of the once-great Knights Templar by her fanatical, emotionally distant father, leader of the order (“How was school?” he asks while she's still “covered in slimy gore” after an exorcism). Though skilled in weaponry and educated in obscure religious history, Billi is a poor fit for the Templars: the lone girl in an otherwise all-male organization, of Muslim extraction but surrounded by Christians and lacking the unblinking ruthlessness required by the eternal war between the Knights and the forces of darkness. Nonetheless, she finds herself standing between the Angel of Death, Michael, who has become blinded by imagined glories of enforced salvation, and the multitude of innocents Michael would happily slaughter in the name of God. Scenes of spiritual warfare are gripping (and often gruesome), as is the undercurrent of supernatural romance. Chadda offers an original take on familiar creatures like vampires, the undead and fallen angels, but it's Billi's personality and tumult of emotions that will keep readers hooked. A promising beginning to both this series and Chadda's career. Ages 13–up. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Kristina Cassidy
While the title and cover art seem calculated to attract fantasy romance fans, this debut novel is, at its heart, a quest story whose heroine lives in modern London. A member of the Knights Templar, an ancient order fighting evil, fifteen-year-old Billi SanGreal has been training for the last five years. Under the leadership of her distant father (her mother was murdered), Billi and the other knights fight an assortment of ghuls, vampire-like demons who serve the mysterious Angel of Death. Billi has just joined the Knights Templar officially when her friend Kay, an Oracle who reads minds, returns from a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Predictable sexual tension ensues, driving the outcast Billi to try to carve out a little normalcy in her life by dating a mysterious boy named Mike. Mike, covered in thorn tattoos, urges Billi to rebel against her father. The actual quest happens late in the book, and the plot is fairly predictable though the final battle satisfyingly ties up all the loose ends. The violence and the depiction of a plague are graphic, and there is limited profanity. Overall, readers of supernatural fiction will find this novel enjoyable. Reviewer: Kristina Cassidy
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Sarwat Chadda's fast-paced novel (Hyperion, 2009) combines modern London with a fantasy world of ghuls (vampire/ghoul), weres, the Grigori (fallen angels), the Knights Templar, Arthurian characters, and a dash of Harry Potter. Thanks to a prophesy, Bilquis (Billi) SanGreal is the only female member of the Knights Templar. Since she is also the youngest, she tries to combine school with a rigorous training and patrolling schedule which she resents. This makes her easy prey for the attention of Mike, a handsome and mysterious young man who appears to understand her better than anyone else. But Mike isn't what he appears. He's the Archangel Michael on a quest to bring forth his watcher brothers and sisters, trapped in the ether by Solomon's mirror—protected through the ages by the Templars. Filled with Biblical lore, magical words and symbols, and medieval history, the novel takes listeners on a roller-coaster ride, leading to a tumultuous denouement. Anna Flosnik does an excellent job of voicing all the characters. A highly recommended listen.—Suanne Roush, Osceola High School, Seminole, FL
Kirkus Reviews
Forget the jacket blurb's come-on to paranormal-romance fans, this is an old-fashioned high-octane horror tale, dripping with ghastly portents, eldritch violence and an embittered heroine facing down the looming Apocalypse. Billi SanGreal has been training since childhood to fight alongside the remnants of the Knights Templar, the mysterious medieval order founded to oppose the dark powers. Now dwindled to a handful of battle-scarred men, none is more grim and cold than their master, her father. Billi takes comfort in her friendship with the young psychic Kay, but when he carelessly invokes a long-dormant evil, she must confront a force more powerful, more monstrous, more tempting than anything she could imagine. The glorious splendor of the Templar mythos is deftly contrasted with the squalid dreariness of their present, illuminating the refuge they find in the cleaner, simpler problems of ghouls and werewolves and the fleeting beauty of innocence they so brutally defend. But Billi, in her anger-from simmering to white-hot-and her pain-physical, emotional and spiritual-dominates the story with gritty, fierce humanity. Love, loss, betrayal and sacrifice, leavened only with the bittersweet grace of doing what must be done. Deus vult! (Horror. 12 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423135821
Publisher:
Disney Press
Publication date:
09/02/2009
Series:
Devil's Kiss Series , #1
Sold by:
DISNEY PUBLISHING WORLDWIDE -EBKS
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
670,799
File size:
372 KB
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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Sarwat Chadda was brought up a Muslim but is married to a minister’s daughter. He says his ‘home life curiously reflects the ongoing conflict between Islam and Christianity, especially when it comes to whose turn it is to do the dishes.’ He was brought up on stories of Saladin, Richard the Lion-heart and the Crusades, viewed from both sides, and cut his authorial teeth writing his own role-playing scenarios. He is an engineer who has worked on some of the biggest projects in the world, but now lives in London with his family.

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Devil's Kiss 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 86 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Devil's Kiss kept my attention throughout. I think this book is well suited for those who like action-filled and suspenseful reads and not so much for those looking for romance or a love story. Billi's life seemed so hopeless. It was impossible not to feel for this girl...she felt so trapped and alone. Strangely enough though, by the middle of the book I didn't feel much for her, or the other characters, anymore. I was just reading the story and felt indifferent. Perhaps, because it became some what predictable or maybe because everyone was so secluded and separate from the rest. I don't think Chadda intended it to be a heart-tugger but just action filled...and he succeeded.
Lokita More than 1 year ago
I've never read a better first novel than this book. The story was crazy and sophisticated and the characters; modern yet mature. The character's history and personalities are unique and different, yet the author takes general teenage issues and weaves it into something greater. Wow. I don't want to give away the story so I will refrain from continuing, but I am DEFINITELY looking forward to more novels from this author.
books-r-my-heaven More than 1 year ago
Now my librarian at my school gave this to me and told me it was new and I should give it a try since I had read like everything else. So I started it a little confused in the beginning like I am when I start every book. Although this was the first with a twist, it was inspiring. In the book this girl has to go through changes she can't stop, she is treated awfully and she can't stop it until now. This book changes how you see fantasy books and how you picture happy endings. The romance is so messed up you can never go back to love stories.
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Your insane
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To whom may conern: here my rate and review. I didnot like this book very well it was ok.not my favroite.
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IrishGeek More than 1 year ago
Awesome! It was very intense, definitely action-packed, and a beautiful story, even though it's very heart-breaking and tragic. But I still enjoyed it a lot
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I was astouned at how beautifuly wrought such a historic tale could be. Absloutley worth reading!
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Perfect. I cried so much in this book. U will see y if u do read it. This book has love, friendship, and trust and so many things to learn from. Loved it til death. If someone dies and u love them so much it feels like another part if u has fade."
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This book was so good i finished it in 1 day... i really love Billi and her best friend Kay... but i think Billi is a hella badass... i wish i was badass like her... Chadda is an awesome aurther... but i wished he could have describe Billi and Kays past... i cant wait to read the next book!!! ;)
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