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Saturday, 2 March 2013

*** Review*** Dark Goddess by Sarwat Chadda

On the Back of the Book

New enemies, new romance, and new horrors,

Billi's back, and it seems like the Unholy just can't take a hint.

Still reeling from the death of her best friend, Kay, Billi's thrust back into action when the Templars are called to investigate werewolf activity.  And these werewolves are like nothing Bilil's seen before.

They call themselves the Polenitsy - Man Killers. The ancient warrior women of Eastern Europe, supposedly wiped out centuries ago. But now they're out of hiding and on the hunt for a Spring Child -- an Oracle powerful enough to blow the volcano at Yellowstone -- precipitating a Fimbulwinter that will wipe out humankind for good.

The Templars follow the stolen Spring Child to Russia, and the only people there who can help are the Bogatyrs, a group of knights who may have gone to the dark side. To reclaim the Spring Child and save the world, Billi needs to earn the trust of Ivan Romanov, an arrogant young Bogatyr whose suspicious of people in general, and of Billi in particular.

Dark Goddess is a page-turning, action-packed sequel that spans continents, from England to the Russian underworld and back. This is an adventure of folklore and myth become darkly real. Of the world running out of time. And of Billi SanGreal, the only one who can save it.

Pre Read Thoughts
This is an old review so I’ll just type what I wrote.

I read the first one ages ago but the follow up never arrived in my town so I added this to my Amazon wishlist and it arrived on the Christmas of 2011!! So first of all thank you to my delightful brother, who has no interest whatsoever in my blog, I am very grateful! I don’t know how much it cost him but you can get it for £6.29 in paperback and the Kindle edition is £5.49. Not the bargain that Amazon books normally are, it has to be said. The cover is stunningly beautiful. I probably would’ve just bought it because of that. I’m a sucker for a pretty cover. I can’t wait to read this because the synopsis sounds amazing!

Post Read Thoughts
*This has spoilers in it. I have no idea why I did that. I don’t normally*

I did like this, but it didn’t blow me away. The story started off well but it kind of slumped in the middle. Moving the action to Russia helped a bit but it wasn’t until Koschey’s true intentions were discovered that the plot and pace comes into its own. I liked the writing but the way Baba Yaga and Vasilisa’s speech at the end were written made them difficult to read as that sort of writing tends to grate on me a little. I just like things written normally. Not too much to ask is it? I will say that I love the idea of the Knight’s Templar still existing through the centuries and what they do being kept a secret. New takes on legends always have a great basis.

Billi She’s the main character and is one of my favourite YA heroines. She really is that awesome. In this book she’s getting over the death of Kay but she finds herself trying to save 9 year old Vasilisa and she meets Ivan in Russia. I’m not saying why we end up in Russia. Read the book.

Ivan He’s a new character and I loved him. I loved the way he was with Billi and most of all I love how he isn’t weird in any way! I’ve been reading way too many books with heavy romances and Ivan reminded me that guys can be normal so top marks for him there.

Vasilisa Vasilisa is the powerful child that’s in danger – from just about everyone actually. She’s sweet and innocent and absolutely adorable! I don’t think anyone reading this could hate her. I think she handled everything well and though I didn’t like her ending, I liked the alternative even less.

Overall, this is a pretty good book. Although it’s not the best book I’ve read it’s a good enough read for me to take away mainly positive points. It’s a great idea and the author has done an excellent job at making it into an actual story. The awesome characters are easily the best bit for me.
My Rating

4 stars I was going to give this three but writing this has made me realise just how much I enjoyed this book. Well we all know how generous I am with my ratings (Unless you’re Cassandra Clare. In which case goodbye.) I recommend this to fans of Lili St Crow’s Strange Angels series. I think that they both have strong female leads and if that’s what you’re into you’ll love this.

A Final Note
I wrote this review in 2012. I’m sure my opinion still stands though.

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