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The Convent of the Pure

The Convent of the Pure

Written by: Sara M Harvey
Published by: Apex Publications (April 1, 2009)
Page Count: 152
ISBN-10: 0981639097
ISBN-13: 978-0981639093
Where to buy:
Apex Publications, Amazon, and other fine book retailers

Publisher’s Comments:
Secrets and illusions abound in a decaying convent wrapped in dark magic and scented with blood. Portia came to the convent with the ghost of Imogen, the lover she failed to protect in life. Now, the spell casting caste wants to make sure that neither she nor her spirit ever leave.

Portia’s ignorance of her own power may be even more deadly than those who conspire against her as she fights to fulfill her sworn duty to protect humankind in a battle against dark illusions and painful realities.

Steeped in the legends of the Nephilim, The Convent of the Pure is the first installment of a steampunk novella trilogy by Sara M. Harvey.

Hello Ghouls and Boils,

A personal note before I begin… yesterday our little kitten Sophie got out while we were running errands. Our best guess is she snuck past my Father-in-Law when he was checking the mail. So please send good thoughts, prayers, spells, or whatever juju you can cook up to help bring out little one  home.

Now back to business…. Tonight I give you another review from our wicked worker – Heather Royston. She is going to talk about “The Convent of Pure”, the prequel to a book she previously reviewed here at SNS.

Don’t forget, tomorrow our 13 Days of Halloween Celebration will begin. So be sure to visit and see if you can win our first tricky trivia! I will also be reviewing Strange Aeon‘s latest issue — I am almost through with my second read and let me tell you it is full of goodies.

Until then, I will leave it to Ms. Heather. Enjoy, my fiends!

Abstrusely,
Sarah L. Covert

The Convent of the Pure is the first book in a series, of which I have already read (and reviewed) the second. As you may know, I really enjoyed The Labyrinth of the Dead so I was looking forward to reading this. I was not disappointed.

***Mild Spoilers***

The story opens with our hero, Portia Gyony, hunting down a demon. She is aided by Imogen, her childhood sweetheart and one true love. Imogen watches over Portia as a spirit, having died two years prior. Portia blames herself for her death and will not have forgiveness.

After having dispatched the fiend, Portia returns to her home in the chapter house where she is questioned by Lady Hester, the leader of the chapterhouse and her foster mother, about the nights events. She is then met by her foster brother Nigel, a member of the sorcerer clan Aldias. They have a conversation during which it is made clear that Portia does not care for Nigel at all and that Nigel is up to something. By the time he leaves, Portia is quite upset and very suspicious.

The next morning, Portia is called out on a cryptic mission. As she makes her way to the origin of the distress call, she is told by a fruit seller that she is headed somewhere very dangerous and should turn back. Of course, being her sworn duty to answer a call for help she cannot. Portia and Imogen press on. When they reach their destination, what they discover changes the course of Portia’s life forever and the truth of her, and Imogen’s past is uncovered.

***Mild Spoilers***

This book is absolutely filled with suspense. Even knowing what happens in the second book couldn’t keep me from desperately wanting to spend every moment curled up with it, following Portia through her ordeal.

Sara M. Harvey does a fantastic job of introducing her characters and universe without going through chapter after chapter of back story and legends. The one time she does have to its unavoidable and is done very well, explaining nearly everything in a few short paragraphs and not boring the reader or taking away from the main story. She makes you care about each character, including her villains. You feel every pain and triumph along with them.

Final Thoughts:
The world of the Nephilim is both beautiful and savage, one where the ladies wear corsets but as armor rather than under garments. I loved this book, as I loved its sequel and I cannot wait to start the final installment.The Convent of the Pure gets four out of five tentacles.

Heather Royston, Minion (Reviewer)

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