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Nicholas Blackwell stands before the Blackwell Manor with little memory of how he arrived. Knowing he has to enter the Manor, he opens the door and remembers… The book then enters into flashback mode and Nicholas is 7 again. He remembers the death of his parents and a last minute rescue that lead him to growing up in a Catholic boarding school. The book then jumps and centers on 16-year-old Nicholas.
According to Amazon, this book comes in at 230 pages. With a little math, we get approximately 57,000 words. While shorter books are becoming more common in indie books, it was an unfortunate thing in this case.
The reader is given a brilliant framework for what could have been an excellent story. Nicholas is tricked into releasing the Seven Deadly Sins back into the world. He then has to go on a quest down in the demon world to fix his mistake. Unfortunately, that’s all it is, a framework.
Nicholas isn’t the warmest of all main characters. He comes across as rude and constantly gets into trouble. He breaks all of the rules and expects his popularity, and the fact he lives full time at the school, to bail him out. While he does eventually change, for most of the book, the reader doesn’t feel all that invested in him or care about his outcome.
There are several side characters that were quite charming, mainly Amy, Theodore, and Pugdush. Pugdush is a demon who’s doing his best to become good. I do wish more time had been spent in developing these characters.
The challenges Nicholas faces are wrapped up fairly quick. While it is explained why later, it was a letdown at the time. They definitely could have been more difficult for him to achieve. I also wish more attention had been given to the Seven Deadly Sins. In this case, it would be important to focus on the intended audience and remember how much they may or may not know.
All in all, this book was an easy read. While it’s aimed at Middle Grade, I would stick to 7th grade and up. Due to the brevity and quick dealings with the Seven Deadly Sins, I don’t see this book gaining much traction above 9th grade. It sits in a fairly tight niche when it comes to readers. With more fleshing out of the story line, and more attention given to character development, this book would reach a much larger audience. The idea itself is solid.
*I received a free ARC in exchange for a fair and unbiased review*
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.
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