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Boston: Shambhala Publications. Downing, Christine. Wehr , Demaris S. Boston: Beacon Press. Bolen , Jean Shinoda. New York: One Spirit. Introduction by CG Jung. Doctoral thesis, University of Glasgow. Publication forthcoming. In: MacKian, S. London: Routledge, Custer, WA: Phoenix Publishing. A Dark Goddess: An inter-religious language for feminine spirituality. Leave a Reply Want to join the discussion? Feel free to contribute! To reclaim the Spring Child and save the world, Billi needs to earn the trust of Ivan Romanov, a young Russian soldier 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. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. Published January 25th by Hyperion Book first published More Details Original Title. Devil's Kiss 2. Other Editions 9. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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I read this book, and I loved it. So, I was definitely going to continue the series. And Sarwat Chadda has continued the excellent writing in this next installment. First of all, he writes a character that is complex and surprisingly likable and identifiable. They make bad decisions so they seem more human, but their bad decisions only show the bad of humanity.
You need to see the good, too. Now, she is all about duty.
Her duty requires her to make tough decisions on a regular basis. But the world needs her sacrifices to be protected from the Unholy, monsters who prey on humans. In this book, she might be forced to make the toughest decision of all. If she has to kill an innocent child to save the world, can she do that? Chadda manages to write this teenage girl in an amazingly convincing manner. This is not one of those. If there were more YA books like this one, I think that many adult readers would stop looking down their noses at YA and calling it infantile. This book is mature and challenging enough to keep any fan happy, and done in such a way as to contain suitable and interesting subject matter for teenage readers.
Russia and its Folklore : This reader has a fascination and a love for Russia, its culture, and its folklore. I was overjoyed to see how well Chadda writes about modern Russia. I felt as though I took a tour of the Moscow of today, and he even takes us to the barren wasteland of Chernobyl, twenty years after the nuclear meltdown that made it uninhabitable by humans. Each scene gives a full picture of Russia, how the past, future, and present mingle in a Gordian fashion. On top of that is his use of the old folklore of Baga Yaga and Vasilisa. Baga Yaga scared me in the folk stories I read.
In this story, she is the Dark Goddess, with a whole pack of ruthless female werewolves dedicated to her service. I loved how Chadda took this folklore and made it such an important part of his story. Facing the situations she does would be way too much for me. Operating on little to no sleep. Trying to find the way out of seemingly impossible situations, only to do it again the next day.
And facing a formidable witch who has the power to end the world. This book is action-packed. The storyline twists and turns, and the sense of risk never abates. I loved seeing the characters fight their way through one situation to another, and the sense of family between the Templars. These guys are seasoned, hardened warriors.
I am glad to see that the relationship between Billi and Arthur has improved. Arthur trusts Billi to do to the right thing, gives her a lot of autonomy in doing it, and listens to her advice. Nevertheless, sparks fly between her and Tsarevich Ivan Alexeiovitch Romanov, the surviving heir to the Imperial Romanov dynasty. Yes, that could have come off as a cheesy, over the top touch, but it did not. In a story in which Russia is an intrinsic part of its fabric, it totally made sense.
I liked Ivan. He had the arrogance and regality I expected of a young heir to the Russian Imperial throne, but he was also tough, adaptable, and good-hearted. I liked that he respected Billi for the strong young warrior that she was, as well as seeing the beauty in her. I liked seeing their relationship bloom, in the most adverse of circumstances. Oh, the Horror! He does the atmosphere beautifully, with just enough violence to make the reader shudder, but not over the top. The menace of Baga Yaga, the werewolves, and humans who seem to lack any semblance of humanity.
That sense of ambivalence takes a horror novel to the next level. Final Thoughts : I loved this book. I devoured it, and wanted more when I finished. View all 9 comments. The opening scene involves Billi and another Templar fighting werewolves. A little girl, Vasilisa, barely escapes after witnessing both her parents brutally attacked and mostly eaten right in front of her.
Seriously, Billi has firmly established herself in my mind as one of the most selfish characters I have ever read. The romance was once again trite and overly dramatic, this time with a princely warrior descendent of the famous Romanov family. I never once bought into it. Sexual Content: Kissing Jan 31, Angela rated it it was ok Shelves: arc , urban-fantasy , paranormal , young-adult , read-in The werewolf hunt takes them to Russia, where an ancient power is searching for a Spring Child to bring about the demise of humankind.
In Russia, Billi meets the Boga 2. In a race against time, the two must learn to trust each other in an effort to save the world. This installment mixes together real Russian history, folklore, and legend to create an imaginative conflict. The mythology also expands to include demon hunters similar to the Templars, which made the existence of the Templars themselves more believable, and the references to Arthurian legend become more pronounced.
The book also wraps with a conclusive ending that has a finished feel. Even though there was constant action, character development suffered for it. The main plotline also felt slightly repetitive, because it dealt with another type of Oracle that immediately became associated with the Templars. Even with her training, Billi again comes off as less competent and weaker than expected. The villains also sometimes seemed ineffectual, and the battle scene descriptions often felt choppy or disjointed.
For those who love an action-filled book with folklore and fighting, this book will be a perfect fit. In future books, I hope Chadda continues to bring his gritty edge to the action, while also incorporating greater character development and a more believable romance. Note: This review refers to an advance reader's copy. Sarwart Chadda has hit the top of my favourite authors list with his sequel to The Devils Kiss and I'm stoked to have had the pleasure of reading this. The Dark Goddess is a well written, fast paced book that has continuous action flowing from one page to another keeping you engaged from the beginning to the very end.
Sarwat has carefully thought out his characters and the roles they play an www. Sarwat has carefully thought out his characters and the roles they play and why they play them in the Dark Goddess. Billi is strong and entrancing character, her constant battles keep you enthralled and sympathising with her until she found her happy end. Vasalisa was a child brought up in a world aware of her surroundings but not too aware she would be scared.
Irvin coped well and i loved how he softened to Billi, from the moment Irvin and Billi's eyes met it was like i was given a sign, they where so alike in so many ways it was impossible for the two characters to not meet again and when they did i was ecstatic. They where my favourite characters in the Dark Goddess.
I highly recommend getting yourself a copy of this book, you wont be disappointed Mar 27, Aisling rated it liked it. I won't go lower than 3 stars with this book, but reading Dark Goddess after Devil's Kiss, it was all rather anti-climatic. I know. Possible apocalypse and scary all-powerful psychic witch, anti-climatic?? But yeah, it was. I felt like the first book had so much emotional depth with sacrificing of Kay, the many twists and turns, this second installment wasn't that great.
The wonderful thing about Devil's Kiss was it's ability to get under your skin and really make you feel. Dark Promise didn't r I won't go lower than 3 stars with this book, but reading Dark Goddess after Devil's Kiss, it was all rather anti-climatic. Dark Promise didn't really make me care all that much at all.
Vasilisa was a boring mere irritation and honestly, I didn't give a crap about whether view spoiler [the silly kid died or not. In fact I'm pretty sure I was disappointed when Billi didn't go through with killing her. So the world might end? Heard that one before. Gee, I wonder if Billi will save it in time?? With the whole world ending plot, readers already know the world ain't gonna end and somehow our heroine's gonna save the day, what we really want to know about the development and relationships along the journey. We don't care about a stupid child added in as a plot device.
There wasn't much to her except that she was childish , and scared of everything, the moment she was introduced I was already groaning with aggravation anticipating the looming dragg-iness she was going to bring. Stuff I saw coming: -Losing Vasilisa. And again, check. Another sidenote, all Billi's dreams were freaking meaningless. Nothing was confirmed, they just seemed slot in for an 'air of mystery', and to fill up the pages. Not for any purpose but to highlight Billi's inner pain I suppose.
The hardening and sense of duty Billi felt was truly realistic and I appreciated the development in her character, but It never really carried through.
What more is there to say?? It just paled in comparison to the first. It wasn't worth the read. View 1 comment. Aug 28, Katieb MundieMoms rated it it was amazing Shelves: arcs-i-own , book-challenge , signed , mundie-moms-review. Dark Goddess is a fantastic, action packed sequel that completely blew me away. Be prepared to fasten your seatbelt when you sit down to read this book, as Sarwat's talent for story telling will introduce you to more fantastic characters, as he unravels his richly detailed story, full of history and folklore.
Billi is a character who cont Dark Goddess is a fantastic, action packed sequel that completely blew me away. Billi is a character who continues to amaze me. The heartache she dwelt with at the end of Devil's Kiss hardens her up a bit in Dark Goddess, which I completely sympathized with.
Not wanting to fall victim to a broken heart again and feeling responsible for the lives lost in war with Michael, Billi loses herself to the cause of the Knights Templar. That's until she meets her match with Ivan Tsarevich Ivan Alexeivich Romanov , who has a lot in common with her and is a character I loved getting to know. Together, Billi and Ivan help each other in ways no one else is able to and I loved their scenes together. Their chemistry is an added bonus to this story. This is such an intriguing story, as Sarwat merges together the Knights Templar with the Russian lore, mixing together the history of Tsar Alexei's family with that of Baba Yaga, throwing in paranormal characters set in modern day.
The scenes are so vivid that at times I felt like I was watching a movie. There is some amazing action scenes between the Knights Templar, the werewolves who have a rich history all their own tied to Baba Yaga , and the Bogatyrs. If you're looking for a book that has it all, then Dark Goddess is a book you need to pick up! All I can really say is WOW!
I was completely blown away with this face paced, sequel to Devil's Kiss. Dark Goddess has a riveting, twisted plot that makes me want to go re-read it again. View 2 comments. Dec 04, Kathy Kindle-aholic rated it really liked it Shelves: ya , uf. There is no sex, and very little cursing. It is gritty, though, and I think shows a lot more of what the reality of fighting for your life day in and day out would do to you.
Billi SanGreal is a knight, one of the Templars who fight for humanity against vampires, werewolves, demons, the occasional fallen angel and gods. There are religious overtones - the Templars are fighting for God, and vampires sell their soul Violence and theme-wise, this is the most adult UF-like YA series I've come across.
There are religious overtones - the Templars are fighting for God, and vampires sell their souls to the devil for immortality, but it's not preachy. There is no time for preaching. This war isn't without sacrifices, too, something Billi knows very well. There is so much tension in this series for me, especially after events in book 1. I didn't feel like anyone was safe at any time.
At the same time, it wasn't as though everything was hopeless. It's dark, yes, but I was still cheering Billi on. The book flowed really well, and while I might have liked to get to know some of the side characters better, I'm glad that there are threads left for future books. Will be looking for more from Chadda. Jun 29, Airaology rated it it was amazing.
Love love LOVE the book. Got the second book. Realised it was the second book so I found the first book. Fast forward here we are. Billi is a wonderfully flawed realistic female protagonist. The writing is readable, easily imaginable, not too flowery. The stakes are high. The writing when Baba Yaga talks is interestingly done Jun 14, whyisgamora rated it it was amazing. Honestly way better than I expected it to be. Honestly, this isn't a series that continuously follows each other, but I love bookS with big plots that can stand on their own and this was definitely one of them.
If you're looking for action from start to finish, I would totally recommend this book. Jul 22, Brenda cuevas rated it it was amazing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. To continue with war with the unholy, the setting changes and type of unholy changes so smoothly you almost don't catch it your just there.
Much more blood and guts another boyfriend and a strange twist toward the end I didn't expect. I enjoy this book as much as the first. Dec 18, Amy Smith rated it did not like it Shelves: not-gonna-finish. Not to my taste: after an engaging start, the first chapter bogged down for me in a whole lot of explaining that didn't intrigue me. Jul 31, Darren rated it it was amazing Shelves: action , horror , supernatual. I loved Devil's Kiss and its kick-ass heroine and I have been looking forward to reading the sequel ever since; but has Mr Chadda been able to produce a second book worthy of the first?
The answer is a resounding yes - I enjoyed every moment of this. As with Devil's Kiss Mr Chadda does not waste time easing us into his story; he kicks it off with Billi slap bang in the middle of another terrifying scene, this time up against a couple of werewolves. How we love werewolves at The Book Zone - none o I loved Devil's Kiss and its kick-ass heroine and I have been looking forward to reading the sequel ever since; but has Mr Chadda been able to produce a second book worthy of the first?
How we love werewolves at The Book Zone - none of your glamorous vampires with smouldering eyes and rakish good looks for us boys, thank you! We much prefer the animal ferocity of the wolfman. But it is here that Mr Chadda delivers his first knock-out surprise - his werewolves belong to an all-female pack known as the Polenitsy, who roam the forests of Russia and worship the dark goddess of the book's title, the terrifying Baba Yaga.
But don't go thinking that because they are female they are any less deadly than your sterotypical male werewolf - these creatures are every bit as ruthless and violent, and it is not just their bite that can turn someone into one of their kind either, their claws are just as deadly. One of the things I love the most about Mr Chadda's stories is the effort he obviously puts into research, and then the personal spin he twists into this to create his own plot elements.
The Polenitsy appear in Russian legends as formidable warrior women - the Chadda twist makes them werewolves. The Bogatyr appear in Russain folk epics as protectors of the realm - twisted around Chadda-style and they become the Russian equivalent of Billi's Templar Knights, Christian warriors fighting against evil for even longer than the Knights themselves. And then there is Tunguska - site of a devastating meteor strike more than a century ago, and now It takes an inventive mind to pick these elements out of hours and hours of research and then mould them into a story like Dark Goddess, and yet Sarwat Chadda manages to do this seamlessly.
Having just used that word, I fear that I have no choice but to use it again, but this time to describe Mr Chadda's plotting, for there is no better word to describe it than seamless. Devil's Kiss, whilst being a superb debut novel for the author, had a fairly linear plot with only a handful of twists throughout.
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Dark Goddess is a far more complicated work, and is even better for it. Few of the new characters are what they initially seem, what is perceived as evil at first may surpise you later in the book, and vile actions such as the slaughter of innocents are sometimes reasoned and believed to be for the greater good by their perpetrators.
This book really will keep you guessing until the end, but this end is ultimately very satisfying in that the various twisting plot threads are neatly brought together and resolved with a skill usually seen in far more experienced authors than Mr Chadda. At the end of my review of Devil's Kiss I stated that "Devil's Kiss finishes on a particularly harrowing note for Billi and I am intrigued to find out where the story will take her next as she "throws herself into the brutal regime of Templar duties with utter abandon". Mr Chadda uses this sequel to really develop Billi's character even further, partly through her slightly warmer relationship with her father, but more through her interaction with Vasilisa, a small girl that Baba Yaga wants to devour in order to gain her incredible powers, and then through Billi's growing relationship with Ivan Alexeivich Romanov, Bogatyr and descendent of the princess Anastasia Romanov yet another Chadda twist-on-fact.
Ivan is another troubled teenager who has had to confront and fight evil on an almost daily basis, and in many ways is a male version of our Billi, and Sarwat Chadda skilfully develops their inital mistrust of each other into a relationship where they will risk their lives for each other ok It is difficult to define exactly which genre this book belongs to as there are so many competing elements.
It is a fantastic action story, with the fight scenes even better than those in Devil's Kiss. But there are also moments of extreme horror - some of the werewolf attacks are very ferocious, and there is one scene where Billi is shown a lorry container full of bodies which is particularly gruesome. One thing it isn't is a Romance!!! On the evidence of first Devil's Kiss and now Dark Goddess I believe that Sarwat Chadda is here to stay and although I am sure it is some way off I can't wait to find out what he has in store for Billi in the future.
Mar 18, Stephen rated it liked it. I enjoy Chadda's revision of the Templars and how he mixes Arthurian legend with them. However, Billi seems to be a little to whiney for me. I made it through this one because it was on my to read list. The use of the Baba Yaga was fascinating. What keeps me in Chadda's stories is the world and the way he uses mythos. Feb 24, Shel rated it really liked it Shelves: young-adult , adult.
Chadda, S. Dark Goddess. She feels nothing, and while committed to her duties as a Knight Templar, she does not really want to help nine-year-old Vasilisa, a Russian girl who is a possible oracle whose family was killed by werewolves who hope to sacrifice her to an ancient goddess. Vasilisa is too much like Billi, wh Chadda, S. Vasilisa is too much like Billi, who also has lost people she loved and found herself committed to the Knights Templar with little choice in the matter.
To try to keep the young girl safe, they will have to go to Russia and partner with the equally secret group, the Bogatyrs. I liked the foil between Billi's past and Vasilisa's initial concerns. I liked Ivan one of Billi's new Russian friends in the Bogatyrs as a love interest. I understood the tensions Billi had with him more more easily than I'd ever understood what was going on between Billi and Kay. In this book, I already knew where the characters stood with one another, so it was easier to ease into the drama and adventure.
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I did have a little trouble with Billi's redefined relationship with her father. In the first book, their difficult relationship was at the heart of the novel. Toward the end of that book, I learned more about why their relationship was so pained. Devil's Kiss did leave the possibility of some resolution. The narration doesn't address their past conflicts. I really wanted the book to address that they had changed, that Billi was adjusting to her kinder, more humorous dad. Dinner Conversation: "The rottweiler's head lay in a bush, just off the snow-sprinkled path.
The boy was several yards farther, its chest carved open so the ribs stuck out of the skin like a row of gruesome lollipops. Billi covered her face with her sleeve. The cold night air was fresh with January frost, but the corpse stank of spilt intestines. The dog was, had been, brutishly big, but its size had not saved it from being torn apart" p. Thirteen dead across five counties.
Werewolves were territorial and only went off reservation if they were hunting something, or someone, very special" p. They believe the goddess will reward them with a good spring and bountiful hunting if they sacrifice Oracles to her during the full moon.
The spirit of the child is taken by the goddess, renewing her, and the body is eaten by the pack. Good God," whispered Mordred. But there was a hollowness inside her that nothing filled. No matter how much she trained, how hard she fought, the emptiness only seemed to grow. She'd cared too much, and only realized how she felt after he'd gone.
Never again. She sat in the kitchen, looking at the tray Lance had left. Elaine was too soft.
But then she could afford to be: she wasn't a Templar. Billi had her priorities, and looking after a little girl was way, way down on the list. Her job was to fight the Bataille Tenebreuse, the Dark Conflict. There was no room for weakness" p.
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Shelves: detour-in-clicheland , cliche-romance , imperial-russia , inaccurate , romantic-rose , russia-magical-unicorn-kingdom , unnecessary-text , special-snowflake-anastasia , sequel-better-than-original , religion. Natalya's adventures in sequel-land since joining Goodreads Episode 1: Dark Goddess 4.
I had a lot of reasons to like this book. Billi is a relatively angst-free kick-butt heroine who doesn't spend all her time whining and never gets involved in a love triangle. Being in a more action-y novel, she doesn't get as much dev Natalya's adventures in sequel-land since joining Goodreads Episode 1: Dark Goddess 4. Being in a more action-y novel, she doesn't get as much development as I would have wanted, but she serves her purpose well. The book uses Russian folklore does happy dance and both sides of the main battle in this book are multidimensional rather than being the typical good-guy-bad-guy thing.
It had a lot of great twists and turns and the same addictive qualities I loved about Devil's Kiss. I liked how this book used its premise with history and it was hardly ever boring. However, there was a certain point when none of this is true.
There are certain parts where they describe Russia and whenever they do, it's all "pretty snow" and "pretty old buildings. Yet again, this book was longer, which made me more aware of the fact that they used "Jesus" as an exclamation way too much and that Lance was a bit of a French stereotype a la Anastasia.
He could have been ordering a baguette. I also had trouble with this book's portrayal of imperial Russia. How could the Bogatyrs save Anastasia? And why Anastasia? I also don't get why Ivan has to be royal? To make him hot? Because only a prince can save Billi from lycanthropy? How about no. Don't get me started.
If your father had been left in charge, we'd be as poor as the templars. I have made them powerful, feared. Overall, an enjoyable sequel. It dragged in places, but in others it improved on the original. I think I'd put them at equal rankings. In my gut this gets a full five, but the cliche-land thing prevented my reasonable half the half that rated Tiger's Curse from doing so. Jul 21, Ari rated it it was amazing. I've now come to expect Sarwat Chadda's books to have intense openings. This one opens up with a dramatic scene and we are off running, following Billi as she chases after werewolves.
Part of why I love these books is because the threat of danger these monsters present is real. They will hurt you if they want to. The author puts so much time and research into these books. We travel to Russia and learn not only about Russian culture but about werewolves and their feminst undertones. The werewolve I've now come to expect Sarwat Chadda's books to have intense openings.
The werewolves are called the Polensity and they are amazing. Agile, fearless and clearly in charge. I don't know anything about werewolves really, but I do know that it was quite refreshing to read about fierce female werewolves even if they were a tad touched in the head. Plus there's so much action occurring!