The blurb reads,
“From Award-Winning Author Pavarti K. Tyler and Speculative Fiction Author Jessica West, comes a Dark Urban Fantasy serial about evil, and the next step in its evolution.
**This is Episode ONE in a seven part urban fantasy/horror serial**
A Sin Eater who battles demons for souls
A Priest who must protect what he most desires, even from himself,
A rogue Romani mortician with an attitude, a secret, and a powerful weapon,
And a Secret Order of the Church who knows more than they’re saying…
Nikolai Grekh is the last Sin Eater.
Born into a world rampant with demon possession, Nik struggles to keep Hell’s hordes from consuming the world, but he grows weary of the constant battle against sin. Evil grows stronger as more souls are lost. With each new possession growing increasingly violent, Nik fears he may be losing the war.
When Nik confronts a demon he can barely defeat, he reaches out to the only man who can save him. The only man he trusts. The one man he can never have…
Evil has resided alongside humanity since the beginning of time, feeding on our weaknesses, our vices. Our sins. It hungers for our souls, its demonic offspring possessing humans, corrupting, manipulating, using us as unwitting pawns in a supernatural chess match for the ultimate price: life.
The Crucifixion of Christ saved humanity once. What will it take to save us this time?
*contains mature content, offensive themes, and general deviance*
So this was my first time reading an episodic novel and boy oh boy, I loved it.
Nickolai lives in this world festered with evil. He has the unenviable job of sucking evil from the world and purifying it. But when he encounters something much darker than he expected, he realises he has an uphill challenge.
There wasn’t too much in the book, you can’t expect too much in 45 pages either. But it is brilliantly crafted. Much like the pilot to a series, it captured my attention and hit all the right points.
- An Interesting Plot
- Some seeming evil (unveiled)
- A Troubled Main Character
In that sense, the book was perfect. It introduced me to Nik and made me want to know what more is happening. I wanted to know about how the world came to have so much lurking evil and how Nik exorcised these demons to where they belonged. It did make me think on a rather philosophical plane. We live our lives in such a corruptible world. And by that, I mean, it is so easy for our feelings to be messed around with. We play with dark forces and we hanker for the dark in everything we read. Some dark element completes a book. Some grey nuances a character. But has our obsession with the other side led us to lead lives where we systematically seek invitations to flip over? Is the temptation of evil, dark, virulent and negative feelings stronger than the taste of clearer and happier emotions? Has our perpetual obsession with being the “Bad Boy” or the “Bad Woman” led us to belittle a simpler lifestyle?
The book made me think of all of these and I wondered how life was, focusing on what was wrong than right, and wondered who helped us cleanse these rabid feelings.
This was a good book. It is intense and it does make you think. I am delayed writing the review but I cannot wait to dig into the rest of the series.
My Rating: 4/5