REVIEW: The story, as the cover is unique, interesting, captivating & evocative.
Illusion of Evil starts by introducing us to Elijah, Sedra (Eve) & Jacob. A set of characters whose only connection is their pain. As the story progresses, we start by getting to know these characters, slowly learning their thought process, their demons and their history. As we explore these characters we are confronted by their emotions, what drives them and what challenges they must overcome.
Illusion of Evil is a twisted yet fascinating tale of passion, faith, and sadism that entwines the lives of 3 people. In a sadistic way, these characters find themselves professing the salvation of the soul by self-destruction and penance. In an attempt to save her soul, Eve allows Elijah to control her body, her mind, and spirit in ways that are both sensual, sexual and sadistic. Despite feeling her life slowly slipping away, Eve gives in to the believe her love and the passion she feels for Elijah are the reason for her doom and only by his hand can she find salvation.
Sedra (Eve) the perfect woman in the eyes of Elijah, the perfect combination of sin, salvation, and devotion. What I find fascinating about Sedra is the deep sense of trust. While her mind and emotions were mostly in crumbles for almost the entirety of the story, it was undeniable that she wanted to survive, she needed to prove herself to god that she was part of his kingdom, and that the promise of salvation was worth all her sacrifices.
In Elijah’s eyes, Eve is the perfect woman to help him move his plan forward. A plan that is both sinister and extraordinary. Elijah is cunning, handsome and evil, and also very smart. He hides wounds that have been branded in his soul from a very young age and those same wounds have molded him into the man he is today. While we don’t necessarily know Elijah’s plan, we know that in his mind and soul he believes that without sacrifice there is no salvation. That pleasure and pain bring the clarity the soul needs to find its path.
Jacob is a priest, but also a man who has been hurt and marked by faith. A faith that has destroyed his soul while at the same time mended his heart. While not perfect, Jacob hopes that his love of God brings him peace, but while he does the work his heart feel is right, his mind keeps on reliving the sins of the past that torment his soul. Jacob not only has to fight temptation, he also has to fight his true self, his need, and his emotions when he meets Eve.
Readers should be cautious when reading this story, it is violent and can be a trigger for anyone who has experience sexual assault. If you are looking for a story that is out of the ordinary and that pushes the limits of right and wrong, faith, cult, and religion then pick up a copy today.
Do I recommend this book? Yes
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