Siobhan Russo’s mother disappeared six years ago leaving her and her younger sister, Jesse, in the care of her Nanna Edith. When she sees the face of the nun who committed suicide in front of thousands of people, she knows it’s her mother, and she’s devastated. At the service for her mother, a priest, Father Jakup, shows up. He has a sealed message from her mother urging Siobhan to pursue a quest to learn about the devil’s prayer.
The quest leads Siohban to monasteries in Europe, to find ancient books, learn their languages and copy them. This was for me the best part of the book. The descriptions of the monasteries are excellent and their role in the history of thirteenth century Europe is very well done. The book even contains some pictures of the monasteries in an appendix.
The novel itself while interesting has some gruesome scenes. It also has twists that keep you following Siohban’s quest wondering where it will lead. I enjoyed the book, but would caution reader who don’t enjoy violence that it can get a bit rough.
The history throughout the book was well researched. Sometimes the history became so dense that it seemed to take over the story, but that’s a minor criticism.
If you enjoy books with occult tales, secret passages, and ancient writings, you’ll enjoy this book.
I received this book from Net Galley for this review.