Requiem in the Desert

Fiction - Supernatural
162 Pages
Reviewed on 04/13/2021
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Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite

In Requiem in the Desert by Shariyah Levvi, Amaliyah 'Mali' Jordan had always felt like an outsider. Her bloodline was different from her half-siblings which caused inner conflict within her. The only person she ever trusted was her mother, so when she passed away, Mali felt truly alone in the world. Mali is invited by her brother to relocate to Albuquerque but immediately on entering her new home, she senses a chilling unexplained spirit. The macabre occurrences become more frequent, sending Mali on a quest for answers. Mali uncovers a disturbing event dating back centuries, where a young boy was brutally executed along with his parents, which could be the cause of her torment. An elderly Navajo named Shema helps Mali come to terms with her true calling and why she has become a target of an evil entity. Now Mali must face the powerful demon that wants to kill her and harm anyone she cares for. Mali realizes she has always been powerful but just never knew it.

The plot of this novel was really compelling. I loved how Shariyah Levvi built the suspense slowly, the descriptive narrative was exceptional and really sent shivers down my spine. I adored Mali's character, she was warm, caring, and considerate but she couldn't see her amazing qualities herself. I found the scenes between Jew and his father quite hard to read because of the disturbing and realistic content. This was again a testament to the incredible writing of the author. The scenes between Jew and Mali were beautiful and the relationship that developed between these two confused and tortured souls was heart-warming. My favorite scene was between Shema and Mali when all of Mali's abusive experiences were faced; this was definitely a turning point for Mali's character. The explosive ending was spectacular and a real punch-in-the-air moment for so many reasons. Requiem in the Desert is a perfect story of good versus evil and the celebration of your uniqueness as you become your authentic self.

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Requiem in the Desert is a supernatural horror novel written by Shariyah Levvi. Mali is a middle-aged indigenous woman blessed with the ability to see and sense paranormal phenomena in this realm and beyond. Recently moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, Mali suffers from constant bouts of anxiety and loneliness. After digging up an old dirty rug from the front yard of her house, Mali starts sensing the presence of an insidious entity around her. Upon further investigation, Mali learns that the vengeful spirit named Padre -- who likes torturing little boys -- feels threatened by her faith and seems determined to destroy her. Mali must now seek help from a Navajo woman named Shema and eliminate Padre once and for all.

Requiem in the Desert is a thrilling combination of suspense and horror that provides you with plenty of terrifying scenes rivaling movies such as Insidious, Paranormal Activity, The Haunting, and many more. Shariyah Levvi's novel is filled with moments of fright, panic, and outright terror that quicken your pulse every time the characters are left on their own. The plot moves at a relatively fast pace, only slowing down at instances where Shariyah Levvi wants to provide a spooky scene or a scary internal monologue. The characters feel fleshed-out and easily relatable. I found the scenes involving Mali, Irie, and Shema particularly enjoyable. The narrative becomes further action-oriented as the story progresses past the halfway point of the book. I would recommend Requiem in the Desert to readers who enjoy well-written supernatural thrillers.