Favorite Line: “The moment you destroyed the daemon at Gembloux was the moment your destinies were set in stone. Like it or not, you are now involved in this secret war…..The war that has raged for thousands of years between heaven and hell.”(137)
Before I start this review, I want to let y’all know about a little preference/prejudice I have. I prefer to read books written by women. I like to think that it stems from years of reading history, psychology, and English books written by men and an innate need to relate to something I read. Yes, it sounds like a load of bull to me too, but hey, it’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.
The Secret War is a historical, paranormal book written by M.F.W. Curran. It follows two men after the battle of Waterloo on an epic journey. Captain Will Saxon and his adopted brother Lieutenant Kieran Harte were in the small town of Gembloux, France when a bizarre creature went through and killed many of the villagers. Kieran’s love was killed, too. In the wreckage of one home, Saxon found a bronze pyramid and placed it in a wooden box under lock and key. He didn’t know why he couldn’t get rid of it; he just knew that something is wrong with the pyramid, something evil.
Saxon and Harte returned to England and almost immediately left their home and family to learn about the pyramid. Their quest for knowledge led them to the Vatican and taught them about the secret war between good and evil.
This book is 407 pages long and took me several days to read. This isn’t normal for me, but I did finish the book. It’s not a bad book, just not one I’d have picked up on my own and I won’t be reading it again. (I won this in the Debut an Author contest that Susan co-hosted earlier this year.) I felt like I had to read it, even though it was written by a man.
I don’t usually read books from this time period (so it was good for me to read something a little different). I don’t normally read books whose main characters are all men. Despite all that I read this book because it has vampires, demons, and the Five.
Want to know more about the Five? Read the book! (The Five are talked about over the last 50 pages of the book.)