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After his parents are killed by a demon, sixteen-year-old Nicholas Blackwell is put under the protection of the Vatican and sent to a boarding school surrounded by a deep forest: St. Christopher’s Academy, complete with iron gates, gargoyle statues, and gateposts that leer at him. As his life is in danger, this is the only place where he can be kept safe. One night he ventures into the woods and a serpent tricks him into eating the forbidden fruit, with disastrous consequences–for the Guardians of the Seven Deadly Sins have been unleashed, and now Nicholas must go into the City of Demons and defeat the Princes of Hell, and in the process discover his family secret, one that could change the entire world…A daunting task for a teen, even if he happens to be the school’s cockiest leader of mischief.
I loved the book. Nicholas is a charming protagonist, cleaver, arrogant, yet brave and selfless at times. Ferrara’s world, inspired by Biblical tales, of course, is elaborate and imaginative. I especially loved his focus on the Seven Deadly Sins–what they are, where they came from, etc. Angels and demons are intertwined with fantasy elements, and the whole concept of good and evil is explored.
There’s romance, action, adventure, and mystery. It is also a bit dark at times, which I enjoyed. Ferrara is a talented writer, his prose smooth and his dialogue witty. The pace was excellent and the story kept moving forward with increasing tension until the very satisfying ending that left me hungry for book 2. Recommended!
Nicolas Blackwell was orphaned at age seven when two demonic men killed his parents . He finds he has a Guardian Angel and that he is holding the Seven deadly sins. His is tricked by a serpent and the sins are released. It is now up to him and his friend Amy to go to the city of Demonio and defeat the seven Guardians of the sins.
Young Nicholas is very likable, along with Amy. They face many dangerous creatures and have to work together to conquer them. There is a lot of danger, action, drama, suspense and secrets . The characters are well developed , the plot is original and detailed, making you feel part of the story. I liked the blending of religion and fantasy, it made a very interesting page turning read.
I highly recommend The Blackwell Family Secret: The Guardians of Sin to lovers of fantasy , (adult and y/a readers). The cover is very fitting to the story, it captures Nicholas and his mission perfectly.
Another thing that made me think, “how the hell did that happen?” was the “love” between Nicholas and Amy. I knew something like that was coming, but I never saw a spark between them. I didn’t really get how they fell in love; I can tolerate Nicholas’s like for love, but Amy, really? That just came out of nowhere. It was like: “oh, we forgot to add love, let’s make Amy blurt out that she loves Nicholas!” Okay, one last thing and I shut up. I do not know about you, but for me the Blackwell secret was quite simple to figure out. If you read the book carefully you’ll figure it out pretty fast.
Even if I’m saying all that, the book is really great. I mean, the idea that Lucifer fell because of love for a woman, a big plus for the book, but when I read that Gabriel the archangel was easily captured, I was like: “huh?! Isn’t he a freaking archangel and wasn’t the Prince of Hell weakened?” Well, that doesn’t really matter now. I believe this book will be very interesting for kids aged 6-15. At that age they will not really ask for what I’m asking, right now. However, if you are looking for something to help blow off your frustration, this is your book. It’s fast paced, has a bunch of mysteries and lots of adventures. I haven’t unraveled all the secrets, so you have a lot to find out for yourself. I promise, it’s going to be fun. And you’ll definitely love one character. Can’t say his name, but he’s the best.
I hope you’ll take this book up to read and will have fun. Enjoy it to its fullest
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