Sitting in the honored stalls of the Crystal Sanctuary, Calvin Gooding should be rejoicing in the message he receives from the Holy King of Duprin. But his heart is heavy. He awaits the carriage in which he must ride to deliver the fated news to his family. Time has run out.pIn the midst of this sorrow, exhaustion, and uncertainty, a sorceress from the Dark Province appears to Calvin. She promises to make his terminally ill twin sister, Marilyn, well again. As twins, Calvin and Mari share a special bond, and Calvin will do almost anything to save his sister's life. But in order to free Mari from death's grip, the sorceress claims that Calvin must travel to the Dark Province-a land where souls and flesh are devoured by the lawless and the spirit of man is bound in shackles. It's a reckless land dominated by morally corrupt warlords and open sexuality. Wrapped tightly in his religion, Calvin must make a life-altering decision. He can choose to follow the sorceress into the sinful abyss to save his sister, or he can accept a life of guilt and certain torment over Mari's death.
Mary and Calvin were like almost like every pair of twins: They made everything together in their childhood and even when they went on separate ways, they still contacted each other, when that was possible, but when Mary falls ill, Calvin will do everything in his power to cure his beloved sister. Even go to the unholy Dark Province.
I really enjoyed this book, because even if Calvin was stiff and a little annoying sometimes, because he is unsure about Dark Province, but in the end, I could see myself in his skin, I can say: I would do everything that he did. I really enjoy when the characters don't stay stuck with they faith until the end of the book. Calvin's makes the reader laugh sometimes, because it's funny when he sees the shape of a woman's body, cars and even a brothel. The inner fight of Calvin was something that was well constructed, because was interesting to see the changes that he went trough the whole book, because he starts his journey with a strict and closed vision about the Dark Province and in the end he was questioning everything that he went trough there and the beliefs of his people in Duprin and his own too.
But I didn't like one thing... That I've to wait to read the book 2! So many questions were left without a good answer, and the sad story between Calvin and his lover was a thing that almost made me cry! I want to know if something happened to them!
In the end: If you like a good story that make you think about your own beliefs and your way of living, this is the right choice!
My rating was:
I really enjoyed this book!
P.S: William, thank you for your amazing patience with me and my lack of time to write a proper review to you!