So this book was actually really really interesting! I didn’t start it as soon as I got it and I went into it without knowing very much about it. I just knew that it was a book set in 1096 AD and that there were demons. That’s all I really needed to be sold on such an interesting looking book.
*I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review and that fact in no way affected my review in any way*
Tuscany, 1096 AD. Luca, young heir to the title of Conte de Falconi, sees demons. Since no one else can see them, Luca must keep quiet about what he sees.
Luca also has dreams—dreams that sometimes predict the future. Luca sees his father murdered in one such dream and vows to stop it coming true. Even if he has to go against his father’s wishes and follow him on the great pilgrimage to capture the Holy Lands.
When Luca is given an ancient book that holds some inscrutable power, he knows he’s been thrown into an adventure that will lead to places beyond his understanding. But with the help of Suzan, the beautiful girl he rescues from the desert, he will realize his true quest: to defeat the forces of man and demon that wish to destroy the world.
This book wasn’t very long and it was something I could just pull up when I had some time to chill out during school. I ended up finishing the last half of this book in one night because I kind of wanted to get through it but I did really want to find out what happened in the end.
This book had duel perspectives and it really did work for the book and I did appreciate being able to hear what was happening through both Luca and Suzan’s POV. I really enjoyed reading about both characters and they were both people I would enjoy being friends with. Suzan is, in fact, naive but she is incredibly eager to learn about everything which is amazing!
One big thing that annoyed me about this book was the writing style. I just couldn’t stand how the book was written and because of that, I doubt I would pick up another book by Starr. It wasn’t terrible but it just read like a draft and I thought certain parts were cringy and seemed really fake. I know this book is an arc and thus it technically is a draft but unless the writing style completely changes I don’t think that aspect will really change.
I don’t know if I would really recommend this book to anyone because of how the writing style is but it’s not a bad book. If a person can get past a writing style that can be a little lacking then I think the story would be a really interesting read. Some stories are worth pushing through a “bad” writing style but to me, this isn’t one of those stories.