Title: The Unholy
Author: Paul DeBlaisse III
Rating: 3 / 5
“A young curandera, a medicine woman, intent on uncovering the secrets of her past is forced into a life-and-death battle against an evil archbishop. Set in the mystic land of Aztlan, “The Unholy” is a novel of destiny as healer and slayer. Native lore of dreams and visions, shape changing, and natural magic work to spin a neo-gothic web in which sadness and mystery lure the unsuspecting into a twilight realm of discovery and decision.”
Before I begin, I want to say that I received this book from Blachthorn Book Tours in return for an honest review! I’m happy to be a part of the Blackthorn Book Tours team, and look forward for more tours in the future.
If this book was about only one thing, it would be about struggle. Whether internal or external, this book captures struggle in a brilliant way.
I haven’t read too many books that delve too deep into the idea of religion, and even fewer that show religion as a bad thing, but I think The Unholy was a nice touch to both.
The main character Claire is having a sort of internal struggle about whether she can and should embrace her culture, that she was raised with, or fall to Christianity, which rules with an iron fist in her town.
Just because one person feels relief and freedom in religion, but to others it can be the cause for abuse, suffering, and long-lasting pain.
Personally, I’m not big on religion, but I enjoyed seeing two sides of the conflict, which were both different perspectives than my own.
Common stereotypes about religion are broken, and the battle between good and evil isn’t as clear cut as people might assume.
I enjoyed the struggle in the book, and though this book wasn’t my favourite, I did appreciate it for what it was. It was a thought provoking piece and had very few things wrong about it.
Other than a few parts of the story being harder to follow, some grammatical and structural issues, and a few loose ends being left at the end of the story, I don’t have much to complain about.
It wasn’t a bad story per se, it just wasn’t completely for me.