Author: Paul DeBlassie III
Genre: Psychological / Paranormal Thriller
A young curandera, a medicine woman, intent on uncovering the secrets of her past is forced into a life-and-death battle against an evil Archbishop. Set in the mystic land of Aztlan, the Unholy is a novel of destiny as healer and slayer. native lore of dreams and visions, shape changing, and natural magic work to spin a neo-gothic web in which sadness and mystery lure the unsuspecting into a twilight realm of discovery and decision.
Good vs. Evil. In this book, the battle is reflected in Claire Sanchez fighting on the side of good. She is a medicine woman, or at least the last descendant of a line of medicine women, and her past is riddled in secrets, most of which she barely knows about herself. When she comes face to face with the evil, in the form of Anarch, Archbishop of the Ecclesia Dei church, she learns more about her past, and her cotinuous people with evil than she could ever hope to learn.
The book was all right, and the plot was good too, but the writing style bothered me a bit. It’s too poetic at time, the same descriptions are used over and over again, and there’s too much desription and not enough action, until toward the end.
Also, the characters weren’t multidimensional enough. Claire is pretty much the good guy (welll, girl) and that’s all that can be said about her. She has no flaws, at least not that we know of right away. Anarch is evil, and there’s nothing remotely good about him. The characters are each placed in distinct categories, while real life is more complicated than that. There’s good, evil, and plenty of variations between.