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Devil's Lair [Kindle Edition]

David Wisehart
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Devil's Lair is an epic fantasy set in Dante's Inferno.

A medieval knight leads a quest through Hell to recover the Holy Grail from the Devil. The knight, Marco da Roma, is joined by: Giovanni Boccaccio, an expert on Dante; William of Ockham, an English friar; and Nadja, an epileptic with the gift of prophecy. As the Black Death sweeps through Europe, these unlikely heroes confront the Devil—and their own demons—to forestall the Apocalypse.

"Devil’s Lair is by far the best book I have read in years!"
— USA Today bestselling author Rebecca Forster

"A fantastic book and I commend Mr. Wisehart on such an incredible novel. Highly Recommended."
— Debra L. Martin, author of The Quest for Nobility

"Beautifully told, full of vivid details. Brilliant!"
— Christa Polkinhorn, author of Love of a Stonemason

"Devil's Lair is a work of greatness!"
— John Pearson, author of Learn Me Good

"A remarkable piece of literature!"
— Rebekah L. Downey, Amazon review

"A medieval tour-de-force!"
— "Samuel L. Clemens," Amazon review

If you're a fan of George R.R. Martin and J.R.R. Tolkien, you'll love Devil's Lair.


Editorial Reviews

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"Devil's Lair is by far the best book I have read in years!"
~USA Today bestselling author Rebecca Forster

"A work of virtuosity."
~Paige Ambroziak, author of A Perpetual Mimicry

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Product Details

  • File Size: 431 KB
  • Print Length: 265 pages
  • Publisher: Wisehart Entertainment (March 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003AOA4IQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,307 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Following Dante's Footsteps February 3, 2012
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Devil's Lair is a well written book. When you read this book, you will learn several arcane things about a knight's armor, books, horses, and other topics that are characteristic of the 1300's. The main drawback of this book to me is that the author expects the reader to be a Latin scholar, or at least have a working knowledge of Latin. There were many passages in this book, some rather long, that were in Latin and there was no translation provided by the author. Some of the passages were apparently germane to the plot, but because I don't know Latin, in some cases it was difficult to follow the plot. After this happened several times, I felt less like a reader and more like an outsider looking in.

If a new edition of this book was issued with these Latin phrases translated, I would give this book 5 stars. Without the translations, which caused difficulty for me to read it and enjoy it, I give this book 3 stars.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book, Highly Recommended! November 19, 2010
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The Devil's Lair is an ambitious book that does not disappoint. It is loosely based on Dante's Inferno and has a cast of fantastic characters full of flaws and redeeming qualities alike. The cast includes William, the holy friar, Gionvanni, the poet, Nadja, an epileptic girl and Marco, a Knight Templar who has lost his memory. Nadja is their guide and she lets her falling down "dreams" show them the way. Each character adds to the missing piece of the puzzle and the pilgrims venture on.

Their quest is to save the world from pestilence that is slowly killing everyone. To succeed, they must find the Holy Grail and take it from the Devil. Along the way they each must face their own demons and that's where the author's brilliance shines. Mr. Wisehart clearly is a master of languages, English, Latin, and Greek. I found some of the words he used challenging, but it didn't take away from the enjoyment of the story. I would caution readers to have a dictionary handy though.

I couldn't put the book down especially when the pilgrims started their descent through the layers of Hell. The author allows you feel their fear and trepidation the further into Hell they go. Each level of Hell is full of vivid characters and incredible descriptions.

All in all this is a fantastic book and I commend Mr. Wisehart on such an incredible novel. Highly Recommended.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Brilliance! March 16, 2010
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It is often so hard to find new fantasy novels that exemplify the brilliance of the genre. But, author, David Wisehart, has brought us a wonderfully dark epic that should not be passed up. The novel, based off Dante's Inferno, is a remarkable piece of literature. This book is not just for fantasy fans; it is also a piece worthy of any history fanatic's personal library. I am always looking for fantasy novels that try to re-invent or challenge the conventional ideas of the genre, and Wisehart does just that with Devil's Lair. I truly believe the author is a brilliant writer, and I cannot wait to read what else he has in store for us.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Book December 31, 2011
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I almost never give five-star reviews. I couldn't give less for this book, though. A well-written and entertaining yet challenging historical fantasy, "The Devil's Lair" is as close to perfect as any book I've read -- indie or traditionally published -- this year.

The characters are a mix of historical figures (William Ockham, Petrarch, Giovanni Boccaccio) and fictional (Nadja and Marco). The setting is stunningly vivid. The action is intense and the dialogue is natural. Wisehart is unafraid of Latin (and I was glad I studied it in high school so many years ago) and fifty-cent words. I had to look up a couple of those words, in fact. Good. I'm frankly tired of books written to the skill level of a third-grader. This book is written for grown-ups.

I highly recommend this novel.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much Latin without translation January 19, 2011
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I enjoyed this book, but there is a definite problem with it. There is Latin in the text, which impacts the story, that is not translated. The book would have been much improved if the author had included footnotes or in text translations. The tale is a good one, and the story interesting, but there are blanks in it because of these Latin passages that are not translated. I suppose since this book is only available as an eBook that the author may not have had the degree of editing that goes into most print books. If you know Latin by all means read Devil's Lair, but if you don't you may want to pass on this one.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lost Interest After Rape December 15, 2013
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I wish there was a disclaimer for people who don't find rape entertaining, and I never would have purchased it had I known. I got about 28% through the book and was very engrossed in the story until the rape scene where all interest went out the window. I'm glad I bought this when it was free.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Medieval tour-de-force November 22, 2010
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This is why indie writers rule. A mainstream version would have featured token character development then a quick descent with lots of demon-bashing and one-liners, the whole thing culminating into a made-for-TV movie starring Brendan Fraser (talk about a descent into hell...). Wisehart surprises on a number of fronts. First, over half the book is above-ground. This facilitates deep character development, exposing each's fatal flaw and potential for redemption. Such complex characterization only enriches their underworldly adventures, as each must face his or her ultimate challenge. Second, he is a master of the period. The phrases, philosophies, personas, and overall zeitgeist are thoroughly medieval. The kindle dictionary helps a lot, but not with the Latin. Third, and perhaps most importantly, the story shows how evil is not some external oppression, but the logical conclusion of our own weaknesses. In his words, "We are not punished for our sins, but by them." This bridges the gap to this distant mirror, spurring self-reflection and a vicarious journey for the reader. All in all, it is a wonderful read on many levels, no pun intended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars I am sorely disappointed in this book
I am sorely disappointed in this book. I have lost interest in the book due to the number of times I have had to pause to look up a word. Read more
Published 7 days ago by M. Robillard
3.0 out of 5 stars History and Magic
This review was originally written for Science Fiction and Such.

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Published 15 days ago by Liz
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable trip in following Dante's path
Dante’s Inferno has inspired many artists over the years, David Wisehart is the next one. The Devil’s Lair follows Dante’s footsteps though Hell meeting familiar characters as well... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sooz
5.0 out of 5 stars Frightening
I've never read Dante 's Inferno. The author, Mr. Wisehart, has matched the feel that was meant to be an uneasy journey for the travels of the four.
Published 2 months ago by Flosi
4.0 out of 5 stars With two caveats, a very good book.
Although there's only a passing mention of Demonsouled people in the beginning, you won't find out about them until almost the end. Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. Hammon
1.0 out of 5 stars So an epileptic, an amnesiac, and a poet follow a priest into Dante's...
This book is bad, really really bad. The first third is an intellectually accurate, but emotionless description of what it's like to be alive during the plague, but at least it's... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Natalie
3.0 out of 5 stars Intersting read
The Latin didn't bother me as it did some reviewers. I enjoyed reading it but didn't think the book was particularly special or stands out within its genre. Read more
Published 3 months ago by DS
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I gave this book 4 stars because it was actually a good read. The only issue I really had was some of the editing was sloppy with missing word or several "the's" where none were... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sandra Guajardo
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit self important
Although I read the whole book, I was constantly bogged down by unnecessarily obscure language and reference, overly long poems and passages in Latin with no translation. Read more
Published 3 months ago by pianomama
3.0 out of 5 stars Good try, but Dante did it better
I'll make this quick. Too much Latin, not enough translation. Too much of Dante's work. If I want to read about The Inferno, I'd read Inferno. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sam Moore
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More About the Author

David Wisehart is a writer-director-producer living in Los Angeles. He directed the science fiction romantic comedy "Bride from Outer Space," a feature film that will be released in 2014. His books include:

The Vatican Dagger (Vampire Saga)
Blood Alley (Supernatural Thriller)
Devil's Lair (Historical Fantasy)
Endgame and Other Stories (Short Stories)
Valentino (Stage Play)

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