Book Review: The Devil’s Poetry

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Today is my spot on the blog tour for The Devil’s Poetry by Louise Cole, and I was thrilled when Faye asked me if I wanted to participate because the book sounded right up my alley!


Questions are dangerous but answers can be deadly.

Callie’s world will be lost to war – unless she can unlock the magic of an ancient manuscript. She and her friends will be sent to the front line. Many of them won’t come back. When a secret order tells her she can bring peace by reading from a book, it seems an easy solution – too easy. Callie soon finds herself hunted, trapped between desperate allies and diabolical enemies. The Order is every bit as ruthless as the paranormal Cadaveri.

Callie can only trust two people – her best friend and her ex-marine bodyguard. And they are on different sides. She must decide: how far will she go to stop a war?

Dare she read this book? What’s the price – and who pays it?

Commended in the Yeovil Prize 2016, this is an action-packed blend of adventure, fantasy and love story.

How cool is it to have a book where the hero’s superpower is reading? I loved the concept of The Devil’s Poetry because the idea of being able to change the world by reading a book is actually pretty empowering, if a little scary. I’m not sure I’d want that much responsibility, and I liked that Callie, our heroine, felt the same way. She wanted to consider all the information before making the decision, and I loved that she was relatively sensible about being thrust into an adventure.

The Devil’s Poetry is set in the near future, and therefore the world looks very familiar. The war that Callie needs to stop seems a realistic one, and it certainly added to the power of the book for me. Callie’s world is our world a few wrong steps in the future and that definitely gave the whole concept some extra heft.

There was a lot to like about The Devil’s Poetry. The scenes where we first meet the Cadaveri, and realise who they’re after, are exhilarating, as are the scenes at the end. I loved that we got the point of view of Cyrus, the leader of this particular band of Cadaveri, too, as it raised questions about who the good and bad guys actually were – there’s clearly a history there that hasn’t been fully disclosed yet, and while I’m disappointed it wasn’t in this book, I’m intrigued by it nevertheless. In fact, I liked all the points of view we got, as it gave a nicely rounded feel to the narrative, and also let us in on what was happening elsewhere. I loved Amber, who goes above and beyond the duties of a best friend time and again, and I even quite liked Ella. Callie herself is a strong, independent character who’s also not afraid of showing that she’s, well, afraid, and confused. I was never particularly convinced by her romance with Jace though, which was a shame (and honestly might be down to the fact he was introduced as a teaching assistant in the school she attended and teacher/student relationships squick me).

The Devil’s Poetry is an interesting book, with some very strong features. I would have liked to see more of the history of the Order and the Cadaveri, and there are some events which should definitely leave Callie much more traumatised than she is, but overall I enjoyed it, and I’m looking forward to reading the sequel.

The Devil’s Poetry was published on the 13th June by Kindle Press and is available to buy here. Don’t forget to check out the other stops on the blog tour in the banner below!


I received a copy of the ebook from Faye Rogers in exchange for an honest review

About the author

louise cole

Louise Cole has spent her life reading and writing. And very occasionally gardening. Sometimes she reads as she gardens. She can be seen walking her dogs around North Yorkshire – she’s the one with a couple of cocker spaniels and a Kindle. She read English at Oxford – read being the operative word – and hasn’t stopped reading since.

In her day-job she is an award-winning journalist, a former business magazine editor and director of a media agency. She writes about business but mainly the business of moving things around: transport, logistics, trucks, ships, and people.

Her fiction includes short stories, young adult thrillers, and other stuff which is still cooking.

Her YA and kids’ fiction is represented by Greenhouse Literary Agency and she is also published on Amazon as one of the Marisa Hayworth triumvirate.

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