The Lost Saint

404p. 978-1-60684-058-0.
Gr 9 Up—After offering herself as a sacrifice in order to rid her boyfriend of his werewolf curse, high school senior Grace Divine has absorbed some of his lycanthropic abilities. As she trains with Daniel in an attempt to achieve mastery over her powers, she meets another young man who urges her to embrace the anger that triggers her strength and encourages her to join him in the fight against evil demons and vampires. Push back from Daniel, her family, and a visiting pastor lead her to question the benevolence of her new friend; however, Grace's passion to save her brother—whom she fears has been absorbed into a cohort of evil supernatural creatures—leads her to defy those closest to her. Like A Dark Divine (Egmost USA, 2009), The Lost Saint is a lengthy supernatural novel that, at its core, is a traditional romance. Chapters further divided into sections headed, "Later That Same Day" and "After Lunch" ensure that no detail of Grace's life—including her obsessive ruminations on Daniel and their relationship—goes undescribed, and it is this content that makes the book difficult to read and less satisfying than, for example, Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver (Scholastic, 2009). A religious tone distinguishes this novel from others of its ilk and complicates the discussion of war and retributionZ—supernatural or otherwise. That said, it is not distinguished by its pacing because of its superfluous narrative content.—Amy S. Pattee, Simmons College, Boston
In The Dark Divine, Grace saved her boyfriend from his werewolf curse--and became infected herself. Now she struggles to keep her humanity as the wolf inside grows stronger. New friend Talbot promises to help, but his betrayal puts Grace's loved ones in danger. Religious Grace's determination to be a protective "Hound of Heaven" provides a unique twist on otherwise typical werewolf-story themes.

Be the first reader to comment.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing