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Devil's Lair by [Wisehart, David]
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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: 597 KB
  • Print Length: 265 pages
  • Publisher: Wisehart Entertainment (March 1, 2010)
  • Publication Date: March 1, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003AOA4IQ
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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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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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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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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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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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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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I am not sure if I read the same book as previous reviewers!! This storyline was disjointed and very scripted, with characters making decisions and forging relationships without any real background for them. Further, as one previous reviewer mentioned, there is TONS of Latin that is NOT translated, and which appears to be integral to the story (maybe here is where the holes in the story came from!!) I mean, PAGES of Latin!!
Generally, unless you are an avid fan of Dante's Divine Comedy, as well as other classical poets such as Virgil or Petrarch, then you most likely will not enjoy this book. Oh, and bring along your Latin translator, as well.
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