On Holy Ground by Louise Cole – Blog Tour
Not too long ago I reviewed the first book in this series – The Devil’s Poetry (see my review here) and jumped at the chance to read its sequel.
The first book was a unique blend of dystopian fantasy and I was interested to see where Louise took things next.
Saving the world was just the start
In The Devil’s Poetry, Callie gambled with her life to stop a war. And she won. But now the game has changed. A Reader who understands the Book’s magic is either a savior or a curse – what she can’t be is free. When Callie’s stranded in the US, hunted and penniless, she desperately needs allies. But whose agenda can she trust? She must re-evaluate everything she knows, and find a way to escape, or die trying. Don’t miss the riveting sequel to The Devil’s Poetry.
About the Author
Louise Cole has spent her life reading and writing. And very occasionally gardening. Sometimes she reads as she gardens. She can be seen walking her dogs around North Yorkshire – she’s the one with a couple of cocker spaniels and a Kindle. She read English at Oxford – read being the operative word – and hasn’t stopped reading since.
In her day-job she is an award-winning journalist, a former business magazine editor and director of a media agency. She writes about business but mainly the business of moving things around: transport, logistics, trucks, ships, and people.
Her fiction includes short stories, young adult thrillers, and other stuff which is still cooking.
Her YA and kids’ fiction is represented by Greenhouse Literary Agency and she is also published on Amazon as one of the Marisa Hayworth triumvirate.
What I thought
Another cracking opening sentence. I won’t share it though and I advise not reading it until after you’ve read book one.
As with the previous book the point of view switches between first person from Callie and third person from a range of other characters’ perspectives. Not having re-read Book 1 immediately before meant this switching did make it a bit trickier to get back into the story, and something happens immediately that knocks Callie and us for six and takes a while to process.
When Callie heads to America the plot and tension really paces up and along with Callie we don’t fully know who to trust. Not only is The Order and the Cadaveri after her but also a new group join in. Who is friend and who is foe?
It’s good to see a heroine who is vulnerable and who doesn’t always have the answers. Callie is questioning herself a lot in this book and that makes it perfect for a YA. We seem to know more than her and at times it is hard not to be shouting at her not to make certain decisions but this time she has to get herself out of the trouble she finds herself in and this makes for great character development.
The book makes for an intriguing exploration about the purpose of war and explores the concepts of bereavement, ptsd, survivor guilt and more all within the context of a fantasy thriller. It is full of twists and turns and is a pretty complex read as a result.
Do check out the other stops on the tour to see what everyone else thought.