This was a very enjoyable book. The author keeps things moving along at a good pace and keeps you guessing about one character's true allegiances. I wouldn't say it's 'horror' but it definately is gruesome in description of the inhabitants of Hell. Lee's Hell is a very interesting place that could use more exploration.
I'm hoping a sequel will be coming at some point.
This isn't Dante's Inferno! Edward Lee hits hard with explicit descriptions of the monsters and sights and scenes in Hell. The story is about twin sisters--Cassie enters Hell to find Lissa, who committed suicide. Cassie is befriended by 3 other punky suicide victims, who become her tour guides through the gross and gory city. I really enjoyed Lee's imaginative monsters and his writing is a quick, easy read.
My first Edward Lee book: OHMAHGOSH!!!! Every page had a description of something "horrible" whether it be a street beggar, the subway, even the ever-so mundane motel room. Oozing with gore, this is a tale of a heroine and her journey through the underworld. The ending keeps it open for a sequel. Those Dresden Files are Disney tales compared to Edward Lee's writing.
Edward Lee takes you to the depths of hell and back. The gory details keep you at the edge of your seat making you crave for more. This was my first Edward Lee book and it most certainly will not be the last!!!!
I didn't think I would enjoy this book at first as the beginning was a bit too melodramatic for my tastes, but as the story continued on Edward Lee made the details of the infernal city the protagonist visits come to life and appall you. Very creative stuff. Really enjoyed it til the end and looking forward to finding out more about this mystical underworld and Cassie's future quests.
Cassie ventures out to Hell in search for reconciliation with her twin sister, Lissa, who is damned for eternity for killing her lover and then committing suicide. Cassie is accompanied by a witch, mute and a rogue all in her quest, but comes to find out she is a threatening prophecy to their world and of great use to Lucifer's efforts of incarnation if she's captured. Knowing this, she forages on, trying to keep from being possessed by the ruler of hell and his minions.
If you believe in Heaven and Hell I'm sure you have a wonderful vision of just what Heaven looks like, but have you ever wondered what Hell looks like and what goes on there? Well, look no further. The author of this book, Edward Lee, gives you an insight into Hell and all it's workings and it will scare the bejusus out of you for sure.! Cassie knew that her sister went to Hell because she committed suicide. Even though Cassie is still among the living, she found a way to get into hell and search for her sister and all Hell breaks loose, as the cliche goes...LOL...Without giving away anymore details, just be assured that you will get a tour of Hell that you will never forget. I couldn't put this book down as I got so caught up in all the action and excitement, so I would hope that you would also get this book and go to Hell for your own frightening tour! Enjoy...the tour bus is about to leave!
From the back cover: "Hell is a city. Forget the old-fashioned sulphurous pit you may have read about. Over the millennia, Hell has evolved into a bustling metropolis with looming skyscrapers, crowded streets, systemized evil, and atrocity as the status quo.
Cassie thought she knew all about Hell. But when her twin sister, Lissa committed suicide, Cassie found that she was able to travel to the real thing-the city itself. Now, even though she's still alive, Cassie is heading straight to Hell to find Lissa. And the sights she sees as she walks amoung the damned will never be in any tourist guidebook."
It stretches, literally, without enda labyrinth of smoke and waking nightmare. Just as endlessly, sewer grates belch flame from the sulphur fires that have raged beneath the streets for millennia. Clock towers spire in every district, by public law, but their faces have no hands; time is not measured here in seconds or hours but in atrocity and despair. In the center of this morass of stone and smoke and butchery and horror stands the 666-floor Mephisto Building, where Gargoyles prowl the wind-blown ledges and from whose highest garrets the innocent are hung from gibbets and left to rot for eons. The lone occupant of the very top floor looks down upon his dominion and smiles a smile that is brighter than a thousand suns. Here, yes, everyone is dead yet everyone lives forever.