On Holy Ground is the fabulous sequel to The Devil’s Poetry by Louise Cole. If you haven’t read this first book yet, then please go and do that before reading this review, because it will inevitably contain some spoilers.
What happens after you save the world from war?
Everyone starts hunting you down and wanting you dead. Or maybe that’s just Callie.
In The Devil’s Poetry, she did everything that was asked of her. She performed the Reading, prepared to sacrifice her life to save the world from war and her friends from being drafted. She survived, making her the first Reader in history to do so. You’d think this would be a good thing, but it’s possible that her continued existence is causing a problem. Her Reading led to more Cadaveri being created. More creepy white-eyed monsters intent on stopping The Order. Thousands of them. The world is on the verge of another war. Can the Cadaveri be stopped? Can the Order still be trusted?
Callie is forced throughout this book to reassess everything she has been told. No-one in this sequel was safe from my distrust this time: Louise makes you question everyone and everything you thought you knew.
Whilst she battles with the overwhelming issue of who she can trust, Callie is stranded and penniless in America. She’s on her own, and she’s being hunted. Oh, and her boyfriend is dead. That happens. Calm down, it’s not a spoiler, it’s literally the opening line of the book.
“It was a blue and yellow summer day when I got my lover killed”.
By the end of The Devil’s Poetry I was as invested in Callie and Jace’s romance as everyone else. I wanted them to have a chance at happiness away from all the drama that had surrounded them so far. So, when I read this opening line I did a very loud swear. By page four, I was DMing Louise because I had too many sad feelings. Callie refused to believe Jace was dead, and so did I. Callie believes that something more is happening, and that The Order have taken Jace, but the more time passes, the more she starts to question her conviction. One of the main themes of On Holy Ground, is Callie facing her feelings about Jace, her grief, and trying to come to terms with the idea that he might really be gone.
Miles makes a reappearance and tries to help Callie adjust to Jace’s death. Let’s just say I have some very strong feelings about this guy. Read the book and come and talk to me about him, because I am dying to get some things off my chest.
I did enjoy seeing Callie forced to be more independent and to think for herself. She grows up a lot as she fights to understand the world without Jace at her side. We get to see a lot more of her relationship with her dad, as they try to move on together from the events of The Devil’s Poetry.
Amber makes a reappearance too, and boy did I love Amber in this book. Callie reaches out to Amber for help escaping. Worried that she’s being tracked, Callie leaves a series of codes that only Amber can solve. Back home with Callie’s dad, Amber sets to work on a plan to help Callie escape, leading to a rather hilarious exchange as Callie’s dad asks how Amber learned all this stuff:
“I watch a lot of TV”
Oh god, my daughter’s going to die”
These little moments of humour were very much needed as Callie’s story has so many dangers and twists that I was sat on the edge of my seat panicking for her for most of the book. Louise has given us another brilliant thriller with twists you feel like a punch to the gut. I really can’t recommend this highly enough.
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