Blood Infernal – James Rollins Book Review

For the past two months she had scoured the Vatican Library, searching for the truth behind the Blood Gospel’s last prophecy: Together, the trio must face their final quest. The shackles of Lucifer have been loosened, and his Chalice remains lost. It will take the light of all three to forge the Chalice anew and banish him again to his eternal darkness .

The skeptical part of her—that part that still struggled with the truth about strigoi and angels and miracles unfolding before her eyes—wondered if the task was even possible. To reforge some ancient chalice before Lucifer broke free of Hell?

It sounded more like an ancient myth than an act to be performed in modern times. But she was a member of the prophetic trio referenced in the Blood Gospel. The three individuals consisted of the Knight of Christ , the Warrior of Man , and the Woman of Learning . And as that learned woman, it was Erin’s supposed duty to discover the truth behind those cryptic words.

I believe I liked Clive Barker’s version of this book a lot better.

The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker


As an escalating scourge of grisly murders sweeps the globe, archaeologist Erin Granger must decipher the truth behind an immortal prophecy foretold in the Blood Gospel, a tome written by Christ and lost for centuries. With the Apocalypse looming, Erin must again join forces with Army Sergeant Jordan Stone and Father Rhun Korza to search for a treasure lost for millennia. But the prize has already fallen into the hands of their enemy, a demon named Legion, before whom even the walls of the Vatican will fall.

The search for the key to salvation will take Erin and the others across centuries and around the world, from the dusty shelves of the Vatican’s secret archives to lost medieval laboratories, where ancient alchemies were employed to horrific ends. All the while, they are hunted, besieged by creatures of uncanny skill and talent. As clues are dug free from ancient underground chapels and found frozen in icy mountain caverns, one that will destroy not only her, but all she loves. To protect the world, Erin must walk through the very gates of Hell and face the darkest of enemies: Lucifer himself.

With The Blood Gospel, the first novel in the Order of the Sanguines series, James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell combined science, myth, and religion to introduce a breathtaking world where miracles hold new meaning and the fight for good over evil is far more complicated than we ever dreamed.

What I liked about the book:

  • The story plot was new-ish. I liked their investigation and their incursions into the world of angelics with mentions here and there to Faust and John Dee and Edward Kelly.
  • Their quick witted banter about alchemy also got me chuckling a bit:

“In the next room is where the alchemists worked on transmutation—changing base metals to gold.” Elizabeth muttered. “Such foolishness. Who could believe you could change simple metals to gold?” Jordan heard her, glancing back with a grin. “Actually, it is possible. If you bombard a certain kind of mercury with neutrons. Unfortunately, the process costs more than the gold it produces. Plus, the gold ends up being radioactive and decays in a couple of days.” Elizabeth gave an exaggerated sigh. “So it seems modern man has not given up his old obsessions.”

  • Lucifer’s resurrection was also well executed and one of the shining points of the book:

Erin marveled at the perfection of the figure on the throne. Every muscle in his arms and chest was flawlessly defined, his wings blazed with black fire. But it was his face that drew her full attention. Cheekbones rose high, sculpted into graceful arches, flanking a straight narrow nose. Higher still, long lashes fringed eyes that shone with a dark majesty, seeing everything and nothing.

What I didn’t like about the book:

  • In my stupidity, I once again picked up the last book in a trilogy so my previous knowledge of their adventure is absolutely lacking. That said, as a stand-alone book, it is quite mediocre. The plot seems to happen to aid the characters and the journey they take has a deux-ex-machina feel to it when the mystery they were trying to solve falls into their laps.
  • If there is an attempt at a love story, it fizzles really quickly.
  • The ending was … not as exciting as I would have hoped of a 400+ book ending a trilogy. Disapointing.


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