Friday, March 17, 2017

The Devil's Prayer by Luke Gracias

A nun commits suicide in front of thousands in Spain. In Australia, Siobhan Russo recognises that nun as her mother, Denise Russo, who disappeared six years ago.

In search of answers, Siobhan travels to the isolated convent where her mother once lived. Here she discovers Denise’s final confession, a book that details a heinous betrayal that left her crippled and mute, and Denise’s subsequent deal with the Devil to take revenge. In the desperate bargain Denise made with the Prince of Darkness, she wagered Siobhan’s soul.

As Siobhan discovers the fate of her soul, she learns that hidden within the pages of her mother’s confession is part of The Devil’s Prayer, an ancient text with the power to unleash apocalyptic horrors.

And now her mother’s enemies know Siobhan has it.

Can Siobhan escape an order of extremist monks determined to get the Prayer back? Can she save the world from its own destruction?

Explicit Content Warning: "The Devil’s Prayer" is a historical horror thriller that contains brutality, rape, sex, drug abuse and murder. Readers may find its content offensive and confronting.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

3.75 stars
The Devil's Prayer was a departure from my normal type of book.
This was a story within a story within a story that grabbed my interest from page one and held on until the end.
I will say I wasn't able to read this at night, as it led to bad dreams, and during the day I found myself considering the what ifs.
Dark, brutal, insane – these are the first words that come to mind when trying to describe this story.
Devastating, frightening, serious – are the second thoughts that come to mind.
Hopeful is the final feeling.

We start by learning the history of The Devil's Prayer and how Herman the Recluse sold his soul to avoid death.
Then we immediately dive into the life of Sister Benetictine, who is on the run...
Last we meet Siobhan and her sister, Jessie, who've been abandoned by their mother, or have they?

The classic dichotomy of Good vs. Evil, God vs. Devil is ever present through these pages. At what cost would YOU go to save the life/soul of your child? Is that even a question?
I loved how the story was based on true items, people, and events – these factors increased the authenticity of the story.

Luke Gracias is an environmental specialist who has been working part time in the film industry since 2006. An avid photographer, Luke traveled through Europe during the development of the film script for The Devil’s Prayer in 2014 and 2015, documenting a 13th Century conspiracy between the Mongols and the Papal Inquisition on which The Devil’s Prayer is based.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of The Devil's Prayer by Luke Gracias to read and review.

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