The Unholy delves into the world of native lore, into a world of medicine women, healers, premonitions, dreams and destiny; it is set in the mystic land of Aztlan and sees a fight between good and evil.
Claire Sanchez is the daughter of a curandera (healer), at the tender age of five she saw her mother being murdered in the desert by a cloaked man, the same fate would have befell her had a group of wolves not surrounded her, leaving him to think she had been devoured, allowing her to make it to her mother's friend Francesca.
Twenty years later and Claire is now a grown woman, fighting her destiny and instead working as a natural healer at the local mental hospital owned by the Ecclesia Dei, among her patients is Elizabeth a women she knew from her childhood as a friend of Francesca.
The Archbishop of the Ecclesia Dei is a man who sold his soul to be where he is; he has no qualms about making parishioners pay for their salvation with large amount of money into his personal bank account as well as that of the church. His evil runs so deep he even scarifies women to appease his demons and lust and at the bottom of it all a secret that even he doesn't want to admit - one that links him to Claire.
While Claire and Francesca have a turbulent, volatile relationship, her death causes Claire to start looking into the church, believing that there is more to it than people want her to know, in fact the hospital itself are quick to try and shut her down, with whispers quickly circulate about her.
Of course Claire is naive to the evil she is about to come up against, while the Archbishop and even Claire herself, underestimate just how powerful a medicine women she really is.
The one thing that stood out to me about this book is the way Paul Deblassie III has with words, his description is amazing, almost painting a picture with his words and you can see his knowledge as a psychologist shine through as he delves in to the psyche of the characters.
The story itself has potential - I found it a little drawn out in parts and then when I finally got into it toward the end, it seemed to come to quite abrupt finish, to the point I thought I had suddenly missed out some pages (sadly not).
At only 202 pages in length, if you do like the sound of the story, enjoy descriptive books and are into psychological thrillers I would say it is worth picking up.
ABOUT THE UNHOLY
A young curandera, a medicine woman, intent on uncovering the secrets of her past is forced into a life-and-death battle against an evil Archbishop. Set in the mystic land of Aztlan, "The Unholy" is a novel of destiny as healer and slayer. Native lore of dreams and visions, shape changing, and natural magic work to spin a neo-gothic web in which sadness and mystery lure the unsuspecting into a twilight realm of discovery and decision. PAUL DeBLASSIE III, PhD, is a psychologist and writer living in his native New Mexico. A member of the Depth Psychology Alliance, the Transpersonal Psychology Association, and the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, he has for over thirty years treated survivors of the dark side of religion.
Paul DeBlassie III, Ph.D., is a psychologist and writer living in Albuquerque, New Mexico who has treated survivors of the dark side of religion for more than 30 years. He is a member of the Depth Psychology Alliance, the Transpersonal Psychology Association and the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. Dr. DeBlassie writes psychological thrillers with an emphasis on the dark side of the human psyche. In The Unholy, a young curandera, a medicine woman, intent on uncovering the secrets of her past is forced into a life-and-death battle against an evil archbishop. Set in the mystic land of Aztlan, the Unholy is
a novel of destiny as healer and slayer. Native lore of dreams and visions lure the unsuspecting into a twilight realm of discovery and decision.
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