The Unholy by Paul DeBlassie III Book Review

The Unholy, a novel by Paul DeBlassie III, Ph.D.

“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.”

Have you ever thought that something other than yourself has a hold of your mind? Meet Claire, a young curandera, in the mystic land of Aztlan who struggles to overcome the forces of evil and claim her inner inheritance.

The Unholy is a riveting novel about the dark side of religion, cultural prejudice throughout the Southwest, realms of mystic happenings, folk healers, native shamans, and signs from the spirit world. It is a psychological thriller, supernatural journey, and neo-gothic horror.

The Unholy lures the reader into a twilight realm that pits two old worlds against each other — the indigenous medicine ways versus institutional religion. Natural magic and the dark side of religion each play a role as healer confronts slayer.

My Review

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

The Unholy is a psychological and supernatural thrill ride that will leave your fists clenched with anticipation. Claire is a young medicine woman that witnessed the brutal murder of her mother as a child and now must decide if she should continue with becoming a medicine woman even though she knows it’s likely what got her mother killed.

Claire is a tortured soul haunted by her past and fearful of her future. You truly feel for her as she learns the truth about her mother and her own destiny.

The book is heavy with Native American religion, but it never gets in the way of the storytelling. It’s obvious the author is an expert in religion and uses it as masterfully as a surgeon would a scalpel.

The Unholy is filled with action, romance, the supernatural and more. It kept me excited from beginning to end, and I came to truly care for Claire and what she was going through. If you like supernatural and psychological plots that are steeped with rich religious imagery, then The Unholy is for you.

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