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Black Tattoo, by Sam Enthoven Book Review | SFReader.com
Black Tattoo, by Sam Enthoven Genre: YA Fantasy Publisher: Penguin Published: 2008 Review Posted: 10/8/2008 Reviewer Rating:
Reader Rating: 10 out of 10
Black Tattoo, by Sam Enthoven
Book Review by Jennifer Hairfield
Have you read this book?
No one ever thinks they'll go to Hell if given the choice, but that's exactly where most of this story takes place. Over thousands of years the Brotherhood has kept an ancient demon, called the Scourge, imprisoned on Earth. Once he escapes all Hell breaks loose and it's up to an unlikely trio to stop it.
From generation to generation the Brotherhood has passed its powers to the next in line through a test. But this time with the test between Esme, Charlie, and Jack there's a surprise in store for them. The Scourge can use anyone with room in their heart as a host body. Will Charlie's hatred at his father for leaving his family make him a good choice or will Esme's determination to be leader of the Brotherhood be better? But what about Jack, the one who's always the sidekick who gets kicked around by everyone and ignored by the rest? Who will the Scourge choose?
At one point or another all three end up in Hell and two of them end up in the gladiator pits to fight for what they want, be it to destroy the Scourge or to save their friend. Does the Brotherhood win or does the Scourge awake the Dragon and let it destroy the known universe and let the peacefulness of the Void take over? Plus, the Sons of the Scorpion Flail are trying to destroy anything supernatural. So when they find out about the Fracture, doorway to Hell, and the Scourge they prepare themselves for WW III. But they don't expect to come across the sword-wielding, butt-kicking Esme.
Throughout the story each main character comes across a particular truth that makes their life a little bit easier to deal with once they've accepted it. Plus the three teens are younger mirrors of the Brotherhood members they are taking over for. Jack is like Raymond, Esme is like her mother, and Charlie is like Felix. This story is one amazing fight scene after another making it into one great adventure. This novel is left open for a sequel, which I'll wait for patiently. I have to say that the creatures in Hell are very well done in their characterization and descriptions. The concepts of the bats being the digestion for the demons was genius. Plus 'God' as the archivist for Hell was a nice touch as well.
I highly recommend picking up this novel and look for this author in the months to come.
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