After reading an interview with the author over at Finding Wonderland, where the author said This
The violence is there for a reason. I'm hoping it affects you because it is brutal and leads to loss. I hate the 'kill and quip' style of comedy violence where brutal things happen and the hero walks away with a smart one-liner. Death has consequences. I needed to establish that on the first page, on the first line.And This
"What's interesting is the feedback I've had from some schools regarding the religious and ethnic mix of the characters. Again it was just how I see the world, so that's what I wrote."
I knew I had to read Devil Kiss. 15 yr old Bilquis (Billie) SanGreal has spent half her life in training to be a Knights Templar, a secret organization that defends against darkness. Billie is the only female Knight. Their numbers were once large, now its only a few. Billie's father is the man in charge.
I loved Billie. She's a strong female protagonist like the cover implies. Everything Billie does isn't always right. I found her missteps and at times uncertainty refreshing. Like in Cashore's Graceling there's gender roll reversal. Billie's best friend Kay has been in training since his psychic abilities were discovered. Billie is right in the middle of all the fights. Kay is told to stay out of the way. Billie is trained to use weapons from around the world.
An archangel is determined to bring people back to God by making children sick. The Knights must protect the people and recapture the fallen angel. I really enjoyed Devil's Kiss. Chadda embraces different ethnicity's and religions with a natural ease. I loved the action/ fight scenes. It's a definite page turner with some unexpected surprises.