Monday, July 26, 2010
by Sarwat Chadda
There is nothing to fear but fear itself...and Billi SanGreal.
As the youngest and only female member of the Knights Templar, Bilquis SanGreal grew up knowing she wasn't normal. Instead of hanging out at the mall or going on dates, she spends her free time training as a soldier in her order's ancient battle agianst the Unholy.
Billi's cloistered life is blasted apart when her childhood friend, Kay, returns from Jerusalem, gorgeous and with a dangerous chip on his shoulder. He's ready to reclaim his place in Billi's life, but she's met someone new: amber-eyed Michael, who seems to understand her like no one else, effortlessly claiming a stake in her heart.
But the Templars are called to duty before Billi can enjoy the pleasant new twist to her life. One of the order's ancient enemies has resurfaced, searching for a treasure that the Templars have protected for hundreds of years - a cursed mirror powerful enough to kill all London's firstborn. To save her city from catastrophe, Billi will have to put her heart aside and make sacrifices greater than any of the Templars could have imagined.
(description taken from Amazon.com)
Billi SanGreal is one tough, but lonely, cookie. She is the one and only female Knight Templar and she has a rough time becoming that. Her training is grueling, her father treats her as a trainee, distancing himself from her. Since Kay left her years ago, she's been the only one around her age, as well.
Opening with Billi decapitating a vampire, this series rockets readers right into a dark, fascinating world. Billi is having some trouble dealing with the world's realities now that her training is over and she has to face some real-life situations. When Kay returns, Billi is happy to have someone to turn to, but also questions his reappearance in her life.
With this much emotional upheaval to deal with, Billi turns to an outsider for the possibility of romance...a decision she may come to regret.
Full of romantic tension, thrilling battle scenes, strained family relations and dark, creepy things, this was a real page turner. I could not put it down and read way longer into the night than I should have to finish it. I wholeheartedly look forward to continuing Billi's adventures in Dark Goddess.