The Devil's Concubineby Angeles Goyanes, Kasia Johnson (Translator)
Through sensual and mysterious characters and settings, the protagonist reveals the
A few hours before her execution a woman narrates, in a fascinating confession to her priest, the story of her passionate love for a fallen angel. A story that plunges us into a world of terror from its beginning in 1212, during the French crusades, until its present-day ending.
Through sensual and mysterious characters and settings, the protagonist reveals the amazing events that shape her supernatural existence. Loved by a fallen angel and tormented by others, Juliette lives through horrible, but also sublime experiences she confesses to only one mortal.
This unforgettable story puts us in the presence of seductive, powerful, and passionate beings that move naturally between kindness and cruelty. It is also a poetic voyage into the heart of a fallen angel whose intriguing story is impossible to forget.
The novel begins in France, during the Cathar conflicts. After the young protagonist's family is brutally murdered by crusaders, she and a friend run away to Marseille, where they take a boat to the Holy Land to participate in the Children's Crusade.
This is only the beginning of Juliette's astonishing journey, that develops across diverse geographic settings and time-periods masterfully described, mainly the crusades in France, Egypt, medieval Paris, the renaissance in Florence, and the pre-Columbian Americas.
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This was an awesome read. I couldn't put it down. The writing style was exquisite and refreshing, giving the novel a new spin. The characters are interesting, the conflicts moral based, and all in all it was a great read.
She tells the priest the story of her life, which started in the year 1212 in Angers, France, even though it is now present day. She describes slaughter of the Cathars in the name of God, the Children's Crusade, being sold at a slave auction in Alexandria, falling in love with an angel, travelling in time, attack by spirits, alone in a convent, rape, marriage, an evil baby, murders, safe with an angel - and that's just how the book starts. There are so many things that happen in this book; even on a single page, that you cant help getting totally engrossed. A lot of thought and planning went into this book - it's not sensationisltic, hit them with actions, over and over. This one, has meaning and thought behind the prose- and it comes out in the characters themselves: their thoughts, feelings, actions and dialogue. There are three main characters: Juliette, the mortal woman who loves an angel, Shallem, the angel that she loves who loves her back and Canat who is an angel who shares a soul with Shallem. They love each other like no other, because, they are two halves of one whole. The three live together several centuries, having adventures, playing God's on Earth to humans, even having children. But Juliette can't be immortal forever, and Shallem has plans of his own. These angels - they are fallen angels. God exiled them to Earth after they had that fight so long ago. Shallem and Canat escaped the prison, being strongest of the angels, and went around like they owned the place, until Shallem met Juliette - then everything changed. There is a secondary character, Eonar, who is also a fallen angel, but a nasty one, he hates Shallem, and wants to cause him pain. So the three of them fight Eonar too. There are many differences between mortals and immortals in this book. Immortals can't stand mortals, they'd just as soon kill them as look at them. The only thing stopping them from wiping them out is God's injunction not to hurt mortals. That doesn't mean, that they can't kill thousands if they get mad, or the are inconvenienced. Immortals don't have to work like mortals. They loot invaluable antiques from tombs and places never found by man. Immortals can communicate across time and space without saying a word - something telepathic. We humans talk whenever the mood takes us. Immortal entertainment may include killing people, horrifying them, or trapping their souls, while mortal go to to a movie. We are on the same planet, but in two, totally separate worlds. So why Juliette and Shallem? He said it was her soul that he loved. But who's soul was it? Another angel? We know it's not human, because immortals hate humans. So, who could it be? There are hints, but they never tell you, could this mean a sequel? I hope so, I want MORE of this book. As Juliette goes on with her story, the priest believes her, so wrapped up, wanting her to continue. After love, violence, action, tragedy, happiness, and joy her story comes to an end. The priest is exhausted - but wait, what's happenening? You'll have to read the book to see. My recommendation is that anyone who can read English or Spanish should read it - the thumpingest - thumping good read off all time! This is a story about love and its' weirdness. They both love Shallem, completely. Yet,in a funny way, they love each other too, and trust each other. Just go out and buy the book, and don't t let one or two typo's or homophones get in the way of enjoying the story!