Devil's Kiss by Sarwat Chadda

(8.0/10)

Billi SanGreal is the only girl in the Knights Templar, and the most kick-ass weapon-wielding heroine around. At fifteen, her life is a rigorous and brutal round of weapons practice, demon killing and occult lore – and a whole lot of bruises. But then, she didn’t have much choice. Her father, the Grandmaster of the Order, forced her to take this path. There is no sacrifice Arthur will not make in his war against the Unholy. But Billi hates the Order, and she hates him too. Tempted by a chance to live a different kind of life and reject everything her father wants her to be, she learns to her horror that she may unwittingly have brought down the tenth plague upon humanity – the death of all first borns. Faced with choosing her destiny, she soon realises that even death may be no escape.

Devil’s Kiss opens with a bang and the first chapter is excellent. We are introduced to Billi SanGreal on the day that she faces The Ordeal, her last test before she can be initiated into the Order of the Knight Templar and all she has to do is kill a six year-old boy… The very thought of what she must do is as difficult for Billi as it is for the reader and this tense and haunting passage marks a dazzling beginning to what proves to be an extremely enjoyable read.

“The boy looked at her. He was missing a lower front tooth, but otherwise his baby teeth formed a soft, easy smile.
Just like the photo.
I could still be wrong.
But with each step closer, she knew she wasn’t. It was the bruises.
Billi stopped a few metres in front of him. The marks still held the impressions of fingers, even after all this time.
‘Have you come to play?’ he asked.
Devil’s Kiss: Chapter 1

The lead players are strong; the feisty heroine Billi, her stern and demanding father Arthur, and the mysterious Michael are all memorable and larger than life. The narrative is compelling and the author makes modern day London seem mysterious and otherworldly; there is a superb atmosphere to the book as Chadda brings to life his very own interpretation of London, a London that is every bit as magical as that which Sherlock Holmes inhabited in Arthur Conan Doyle’s work.

“The catacombs ran everywhere under the Temple district. Secret warrens, tunnels and chambers had been excavated by the Templars of old, and all record of them had conveniently vanished over time so only the knights themselves were aware of their existence. There was even a secret entrance to the underground Fleet River, unbeknown to all above. Few realized how the ancient bones of the city slept under the steel and glass towers of modern London.”
Devil’s Kiss: Chapter 8

Sarwat Chadda’s life-long love of the Crusades gave birth to this book and his two daughters inspired the character of Billi. The standard is set very high in the opening chapter and it remains high throughout. If you crossed Buffy, The Bible and The Da Vinci Code then the result might well be the Devil’s Kiss; a fast-paced, action-packed and thought-provoking novel that will delight teenagers of both sexes. Sarwat Chadda’s clever, subtle and balanced use of religion deserves special mention as it will fall like healing rain on a world badly in need of religious tolerance.

Sarwat Chadda has travelled widely in the Far and Middle East, but there’s no place like home, and home is London. There’s nothing he enjoys more than getting lost in its ancient paths and alleyways, and it’s on these streets that Billi SanGreal was born. Who needs fantasy worlds when you’ve a city like this? He shares this place with many other souls, but most of all he shares it with his wife and two daughters.

The sequel to Devil’s Kiss, The Dark Goddess, is expected in 2010.

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Our interview with Sarwat Chadda

Sarwat Chadda, brought up a Muslim and married to a vicar’s daughter, is a distinctive new voice in teen fiction. Devil’s Kiss is his debut novel; a fast-paced, action-packed urban fantasy set in his home city of [...]

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Devil's Kiss

by Sarwat Chadda

Billi SanGreal is the only girl in the Knights Templar, and the most kick-ass weapon-wielding heroine around. At fifteen, her life is a rigorous and brutal round of weapons [...]


Published: 0000

Score: 92

Our rating: 8.0 | 12 positive reader reviews

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Devil's Kiss reader reviews

from Bhutan

I was almost stuck reading dis book...it was mind-blowing..,,:-)

from Scotland

The book was TOTALLY AMAZINGLY FABULOUS!!!!! I loved it!!!! YOU ROCK Sarwat Chadda!!!

from indonesia

i'm very like this story about devil's. Who want brany about this idea?!,. This book very interesting pull my hobby to write become..............ok you know what my feeling. And how are you mr.sarwat? I hope you'll good every time. Your my inspiration. I'd like you

from RUSSIA

I think it is the best book i have read because it talks about a 15 year old girl who grow up and liked a boy named kay but he denys it because he is a oracle and it clouds there judgements but he died at the end and Billi was a night templer

from United States

The best book I have ever read in my entire life!!! :) But it kind of sucks that Kay had to die, but still the best book I have ever read in my life!!! :)

from los angeles

Devils kiss is really awesome i loved it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! well i didnt like is that Kay died !!!!!!!!!!! But other than that it was a really good no great book!

from United States

Can't wait for the sequel, excellent writing.

from South Africa

The best book ever! I WANT MORE!

from England

I have stopped reading books because of the repetition in each of these books. Book after book, same plot, just some twist to make it look different. This book however was nothing like that- I absolutely loved the way it is written, the detail that made you feel as if you were actually present there... So this book can't get any number lower then ten. Well done and thanks for sharing it with the rest of the world :P

from Cornelius

Toooo amazing! Can't wait to read the sequel!

from Las Cruces

This book is so amazing! Even though I barely started reading it, it makes me think of what is going to happen next!! Can't wait to finish it! Keep up the good work!!

from Santa Rosa

The best book I ever read!

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