title: the iron bells
author: jeanette battista
book birthday: june 10, 2013
rating: 3.5 stars
synopsis from goodreads:
The year is 64 A.D. -- though now A.D. stands for Anno Daemonii.
Demons have crossed a gate into our world, taking the reins of power from humanity. A new Inquisition has begun, determined to root out any who stand against the new world order. The holy sites on earth have been destroyed -- Jerasulem first, then the Vatican, then Mecca -- and what resistance remains is ruthlessly crushed. Amaranth is a fighter in the resistance cell based in London. Dham is a Ringer, one of the few people left able to ring the remaining sets of blessed hand bells that have power over demons. When Amaranth discovers that her best friend has been possessed by a demon and is going to be used in the Resistance's final, desperate mission, she asks Dham for his help in saving her friend. With the Inquisition closing in and betrayal
threatening from inside the Resistance itself, Amaranth, Dham, and the demon -- along with Catriona, a new, highly-skilled, highly-blonde bell-ringer -- decide to head to Rome and the ruins of Vatican City, hoping to find a way to stem the tide of demonic possessions and close the gate.
Ok, first I would like to say that the book wasn't that bad. Yes, it did annoy me that the Americans were acting all British but that is a minor detail. I received this book from Netgalley for review. The downfall is that the book is e-reader only for kindle. (WHY MUST YOU DO THIS TO US?!?! WHY?!)
This is the first new adult paranormal novel I have read and it good. I would love to read the others. The writing is done well and the characters are interesting. Amaranth was awesome! I like that she has no magic, just two giant swords to kick butt. She's strong and doesn't let so much affect her, kind of like Graceling's Katsa. Random thought... Amaranth's name reminded me of teen titans' Raven (Azarath metrion zinthos) so despite Amaranth's character description, I was thinking of Raven the whole time >_<
The love triangle was not obnoxious, even though Cat and Dham's relationship made me want to hurl. Patrick reminded me of Simon from the Mortal Instruments series. Ryland's story is interesting, I hope there is more of his back story in the next book cuz something's not right. He has to be up to something...
All in all, this one was a fast read and I would recommend this to anyone who loves series like the Mortal Instruments or those who like end-of-the-world-books with a bit of magic.