Friday, November 19, 2010

Review of Devil's Lair by David Wisehart

5 of 5 stars

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I purchased this book on Amazon for my Kindle.

The Devil’s Lair is am ambitious book that does not disappoint.  It is loosely based on Dante’s Inferno and has a cast of fantastic characters full of flaws and redeeming qualities alike.  The cast includes William, the holy friar, Gionvanni, the poet, Nadja, an epileptic girl and Marco, a Knight Templar who has lost his memory.  Nadja is their guide and she lets her falling down “dreams” show them the way.  Each character adds to the missing piece of the puzzle and the pilgrims venture on.

Their quest is to save the world from pestilence that is slowly killing everyone.  To succeed, they must find the Holy Grail and take it from the Devil.  Along the way they each must face their own demons and that’s where the author’s brilliance shines.  Mr. Wisehart clearly is a master of languages, English, Latin, and Greek.  I found some of the words he used challenging, but it didn’t take away from the enjoyment of the story.  I would caution readers to have a dictionary handy though. 

I couldn’t put the book down especially when the pilgrims started their descent through the layers of Hell.  The author allows you feel their fear and trepidation the further into Hell they go.  Each level of Hell is full of vivid characters and incredible descriptions. 

All in all this is a fantastic book and I commend Mr. Wisehart on such an incredible novel.  Highly Recommended. 

1 comment:

  1. I fully agree, this books is not just fascinating and entertaining (and that it is!) but it paints a vivid picture of Dante's medieval world. The characters, however, deal with universal, timeless problems; they are convincing and modern readers can easily identify with their plights and problems. This is a magical and at the same time realistic tale.