Book review: Wormwood by D. H. Nevins

Author: D. H. Nevins

Genre: Dystopic Romance

No. of pages: 264

Published by: Black Wraith Books

Published on: 10th October 2011

My rating: ★★★★★/5

An odd look flashed across his face, and his eyes turned to steel. “Hope is a crutch for the ignorant or the powerless, Kali. And I would like to believe that I am neither.” 


In a dystopic world where angels, half-angels and demons exist, humans are at a mortal danger. A group of angels who call themselves Nephilim must carry on God's orders to wipe out humanity from the face of earth and must send them to God's court to receive their ultimate judgement.

Kali is a young camper who survives this apocalypse. While trekking along the mountainous terrains she manages to escape the wrath of the beautiful half-human-half-angel commander of the Nephilims, Tiamat, who causes the destruction of earth. Kali realizes that he is the same person who saved her life ten years ago.

While Tiamat must kill every human on the planet, he keeps Kali alive not only because he knows that Kali has to serve a purpose before dying but also because he has fallen in love with her. He not only uses Kali to find out other surviving humans and but there’s another catch behind Tiamat's desires to use her.

With demons fighting half-angels and the half-angels going out on a killing spree what will Kali do to keep herself and other survivors alive? What is the reason behind this mass destruction? What is Kali's purpose? Read this heart-racing book to find out.

The characters:

I love how Kali has been portrayed as a strong level-headed woman who is ready to do anything and everything for the remaining human survivors. Through Kali, the author gives us a glimpse the terror one would face when the world becomes cataclysmic.

Through Tiamat, the male protagonist, the author paints the conflicts one would face while choosing between love and duty. Tiamat is surrounded by chaos, but also he desperately wants to protect Kali.

Writing style:

Author D. H. Nevins has done a tremendous job in creating a dystopic world that scares you. Her descriptions of the catastrophe in the book and it's deadly inhabitants are intimidating. She paints the new world's landscape for us and also its multi-dimensional inhabitants. The sexual tension between Kali and Tiamat adds spice to the book and also gives a perception about their complicated relationship.

About the book:

After a long time, I read a book with a dystopic world and it did not disappoint me. Right from the very beginning, it held its suspense. Throughout I kept latching on to the book because I wanted to know about Tiamat's and Kali's identity; how Kali would save others; whether she would be able to save them or not; or how would Tiamat confess his feelings to Kali. This book is a must try for all those to love dystopia and fantasy.

About the author:

D.H. Nevins was born in Toronto and currently lives in a quiet area of Ontario, surrounded by forests and lakes. By day, she is a personable, friendly school teacher. By night, she silently chuckles as she writes about destroying the world. When she isn't writing, she enjoys world travel, hiking, camping, flying around on her motorcycle or dabbling in live theatre.

I want to thank the author for giving me a review copy in exchange for an honest review. 

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