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Reviewed by Francine Zane for Readers' Favorite
Legions of Lilith: The Awakening by Deanna R. Sweeney delves in the seemingly underwhelming life of Veronica Strange. Veronica unobtrusively goes about her life as a devoted employee at a small-town inn, but appearances can be deceiving. Since childhood, Veronica has had an inexplicable psychic connection that will now be tested by the same dark forces that have haunted her through the ages. With the help from ghosts of her past, Veronica finds herself forced into the role of heroine.
Deanna R. Sweeney does a remarkable job contrasting the mundane day-to-day existence of this quiet, sweet woman with the impending horror that threatens to destroy her. From mute ghosts to deadly villains, the character array is versatile and unique. With exacting detail, and a thinly veiled trail of foreshadowing, Legions of Lilith: The Awakening naturally blossoms into a supernatural thriller that is satisfying from beginning to end. The editing of Legions of Lilith: The Awakening is of professional quality, and the balance between character development, setting description, action, and plot development means the book will appeal to a wide array of readers.
I especially loved the inclusion of the haunted plantation with the wise old owl guardian. It added a slice of old-fashioned horror that sent chills down my spine and stayed with me long after I finished reading. As an initial book from a new author, Legions of Lilith: The Awakening is a promise of many great things from the talented Ms. Sweeney. I look forward to reading more from her for many years to come.