Review: The Unholy

  Title: The Unholy
Author: Paul DeBlassie III
Goodreads Rating: 3.59
Release Date: August 1st, 2013
My Rating:
Genre: Fantasy, Supernatural

Goodreads Synopsis

A young curandera, a medicine woman, intent on uncovering the secrets of her past is forced into a life-and-death battle against an evil Archbishop. Set in the mystic land of Aztlan, “The Unholy” is a novel of destiny as healer and slayer. Native lore of dreams and visions, shape changing, and natural magic work to spin a neo-gothic web in which sadness and mystery lure the unsuspecting into a twilight realm of discovery and decision. PAUL DeBLASSIE III, PhD, is a psychologist and writer living in his native New Mexico. A member of the Depth Psychology Alliance, the Transpersonal Psychology Association, and the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, he has for over thirty years treated survivors of the dark side of religion.

I really did enjoy this book. The descriptions were phenomenal, the characters gave you a multitude of loveable and despicable qualities, and the plot was thrilling. Overall there was very little I could complain about with this book at all.

Our lead protagonist and antagonist were almost like the perfect yin and yang, their conflicting forces making for great character development and interaction. I’m a sucker for a strong female character and this book contained plenty. I found Archbishop Anarch very interesting and the supernatural element to him was intriguing too! He was my favourite character, his backstory, his unraveling, his interactions with the people around him, I loved it. I also loved Francesca, the mother figure in Claire’s life, I’ve always had a fondness for the older, caring, wise matriarchs in stories so I’m glad there was such a character here.

My biggest gripe with this book is the ending. It felt super rushed. I was reading it and there was about five pages left, and I was incredibly confused because the story felt like it was nowhere near wrapping up. I’m not sure what happened there, where there’d been such carefully crafted description and detail throughout, to suddenly have a bit of a crammed ending. I felt like this book could have been much longer, as there were some areas where, like I say, it just seemed a little rushed and I wanted more.

That all being said, very enjoyable good v evil supernatural thriller. Slight hint of a classic gothic tale, with a little bit of a Da Vinci Code vibe too!

Many thanks to Booktasters and the author, Paul DeBlassie III, for a copy of this book in return for an honest review

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