Monday, 16 April 2012

Book Review: Pazuzu's Girl - Rachel Coles

Synopsis - Morpho Wilson thought her life was difficult enough.  Her father is Pazuzu. The Mesopotamian demon of plague and the South-West wind.  As a teenager Morpho struggles against her father, while trying to adjust to high school in a new neighbourhood.  The family is constantly moving in an attempt to elude Pazuzu's murderous ex-wife, a demoness known for killing children.

The something unique happens.  A socially impaired class-mate becomes so intrigued by Morpho that he pursues her, despite the mystery surrounding her family and the danger that accompanies it.

But before their romance can grow the Demoness tracks Morpho down, and now only needs an ancient artefact called the Tablet of Destiny to complete the destruction of the world.  The tablet confers on its owner the ability to control the fate of everything and everyone on earth.

Once the tablet is discovered in the Middle East, the oldest and most powerful gods begin a battle for its possession, with the human population caught in the middle.  Morpho, her family, and her new friend must decide, do they escape from the horrifying demoness or fight for their own destiny.  How far will Pazuzu go to save his daughter from a hellish fate?  Will his banishment from Heaven so many millennia ago end up being a curse...or a blessing?  (Taken from Goodreads)

Review -  I won the e-book Pazuzu's Girl from LibraryThing Early Reviewers give-aways.  Although the book comes under fantasy, I have also labelled it as YA because it does deal with teenage/YA related issues.  Like any young adult of teen years Morpho wants independence and to have the freedom to be able to make some of her own decisions.  However, hers is not the life of a typical teenager and she also has to cope with a father who is.. a little unusual.  I liked this story, full of action with plenty of background information for understanding the plot.  Great characters, you will like the good and well-meaning and hate the evil.  I found the historical and fantastical side of the story interesting as well as the modern day human world.  I don't know much about Dungeons and Dragons but got the character references.  3*
ISBN-10: 193656436X
ISBN-13: 978-1936564361

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