Reviewed by Pauline Morgan
This is a book with an interesting and original plot by an Iranian writing in his second language. There are three prongs to the story: Lylithe is a supernatural being who is murdering fallen angels; Peter is a ten-year old boy whose mother goes missing; and Adriane, a rebellious daughter of Russian immigrants to the town of Ligeia, who after her fatherâ€™s death finds herself sucked into the otherworld of Mir.
It is a pity that it did not have some serious editing done to it to remove the obvious clichÃ©s, jarring out of context phrases, wrongly used words and a wandering point of view. There is too much authorial intrusion, forecasting the next stage of the plot and the literate references smack of showing off. The mythology behind the tale is drawn from a plethora of pantheons, mixing Greek, Norse and Irish, amongst others.
The writing style sometimes seems fit more for a younger reader than the very explicit adult content would suggest. What starts as a possible quest narrative into a faerie domain quickly reveals itself as gory erotic horror. There are other problems with this book but Kian should be commended for what most of us would not attempt â€“ writing in something other than our mother tongue.