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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
Sadia: The Eighth Circle of Heck by Dale E. Basye is such a delightful read that it should be on the list of today’s bestsellers in its category, a work of great imagination, featuring wonderful characters, an exciting setting, and a plot woven to a thrilling finish. It is an adventure that is fun-filled and exhilarating, which will delight both young readers and adults. The author turns the religious concepts of limbo and heaven into places of adventure for both readers and characters. A tragedy causes the separation of two siblings—Milton and Marlo Fauster—in the afterlife. Milton will do anything to locate his sister, accepting a difficult job and setting out on a dangerous adventure in the deepest levels of the underworld. While his sister is in a little sweet paradise, she can’t be sure things will remain the same for long. Will the two siblings reconnect with each other again? Will they discover the secret history of Sadia and prevent a powerful threat to the one who sits up there? You’re in for a great ride.
Humorous and written in a very light and jovial tone, Sadia: The Eighth Circle of Heck is a mesmerizing story. It plays in my mind like a movie as I write, and I can still see the characters navigating the strange worlds in which they find themselves. I was hooked by the author’s unique, perceptive way of writing. The very first sentence from the foreword won me over: “As many believe, there is a place above and a place below. But there are also places in between. Some not quite awfully perfect and others not quite perfectly awful.” Dale E. Basye melds great elements of fantasy and adventure to offer a delectable treat to young readers, a great escape for those who want to experience new and exciting worlds. I read this book through the night, thanks to the excellent prose, the great storytelling skills, and the author’s ability to make readers get lost in the secret pathways of the underworld. A gorgeous read, indeed.