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Monday, July 14, 2014

Book Review: The Iron Bells (The Demon's Gate, #1) by Jeanette Battista

The year is 64 A.D. -- though now A.D. stands for Anno Daemonii.
Demons have crossed a gate into our world, taking the reins of power
from humanity. A new Inquisition has begun, determined to root out any
who stand against the new world order. The holy sites on earth have
been destroyed -- Jerasulem first, then the Vatican, then Mecca -- and
what resistance remains is ruthlessly crushed. Amaranth is a fighter
in the resistance cell based in London. Dham is a Ringer, one of the
few people left able to ring the remaining sets of blessed hand bells
that have power over demons. When Amaranth discovers that her best
friend has been possessed by a demon and is going to be used in the
Resistance's final, desperate mission, she asks Dham for his help in
saving her friend. With the Inquisition closing in and betrayal
threatening from inside the Resistance itself, Amaranth, Dham, and the
demon -- along with Catriona, a new, highly-skilled, highly-blonde
bell-ringer -- decide to head to Rome and the ruins of Vatican City,
hoping to find a way to stem the tide of demonic possessions and close
the gate.

The Iron Bells is the first in a New Adult trilogy.

The Iron Bells is the first book in a new supernatural dystopian trilogy. It opens in a world in the future where demons have crossed over to earth's reality infiltrating and possessing the world rulers, destroying any object or person of faith that can be found. Amaranth is a young resistance fighter who has lived in London fighting to survive in hopes of winning the battle against evil for humanity. In preparation for a desperate mission resistance fighters from other cells around the world converge on London to join forces hoping to close the gate and return the demons to their realm.

There is wonderful world building with vivid descriptions and colorful characters. Amaranth is a character you want on your side in a pinch and it was fun to watch the trust unfold between the different characters as they meet. There is heartbreak and tears, betrayals, defeat and perseverance, as well as hope breaking through fueling the determination to succeed.

The conclusion of the book is a bit open-ended and left me eager to dive into book two, which is available and titled The Stone Golem. I would recommend The Iron Bells to new adult fans who enjoy a dystopian mixed with supernatural twist. I purchased this book.

5 Sheep


About the Author:
Jeanette Battista graduated with an English degree with a concentration in medieval literature which explains her possibly unhealthy fixation on edged weapons and cathedral architecture. She spent a summer in England and Scotland studying the historical King Arthur, which did nothing to curb her obsession. To satisfy her adrenaline cravings—since sword fighting is not widely accepted in these modern times—she rode a motorcycle at ridiculously high speeds, got some tattoos, and took kickboxing and boxing classes. She gave up the bike when her daughter came along, although she still gets pummeled at the gym on a regular basis.

When she’s not writing or working, Jeanette spends time with family, hikes, reads, makes decadent brownies, buys killer boots, and plays Pocket Frogs. She wishes there were more hours in the day so she could actually do more of these things. She lives with her daughter and their ancient, ill-tempered cat in North Carolina.

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