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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
Felipe de Hayos is the son of a powerful and wealthy statesman, forced to marry a Moorish woman called Lilith Al-Salameh. Lilith isn’t what she pretends to be; she is Saturn's immortal High Priestess and she has a hidden plan to transform Felipe into an immortal. But her plans are thwarted when Felipe falls for the daughter of a family friend, Zaybeth Castile. Lilith plans revenge that will have very devastating consequences. She plans to transform Felipe into a vampire and only Zaybeth can kill him. Summoning the daughters of Saturn, she is about to perform a spell that will open the All-Seeing Eye of Saturn, the Great Father.
Eye of Saturn is the first entry in The Daughters of Saturn series by Idalita Raso, a compelling narrative with an irresistible appeal to fans of well-written horror with strong hints of the supernatural. It’s a vampire horror tale with an interesting setting in medieval Spain, featuring intense action, gore, and a noir element. Deftly plotted, Eye of Saturn is beautifully written and the prose leaps off the pages. I was gripped from the very first sentence of this narrative and couldn’t stop reading as the characters took form and developed.
The setting is skillfully handled, with images that fill the minds of readers and a culture that reflects the darkness of the medieval age. Idalita Raso has a great gift for storytelling and the exceptional characters are thrust into a conflict that moves the story to unexpected and exciting places. The tension builds up quickly and the conflict escalates at a quick pace, reaching an explosive climax pretty fast. Eye of Saturn is utterly captivating.