The Tiefling: Angel Kissed, Devil Touched

Barbara T. Cerny
The Tiefling: Angel Kissed, Devil Touched
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Release Date
April 2015
Historical fiction, Historical Novel with Romantic Elements, Paranormal with Romantic Elements

Transformed by the devil and betrayed by God, Branan Lachlan is made to battle demons with naught but his Scottish wit.

The soul of half an angel.
The body of a demon.
The devil on his tail.

When the devil came for Branan Lachlan and turned him into a demon, he expected to train the young Scotsman to be the antithesis of God and his own damned apprentice. Cursed at twenty-one, Branan fought his demonic character armed only with an iconic sword and an unwavering light in his belly. Plagued by an internal battle of good versus evil, one part of him playing against the other, he is destined to walk Scotland forever, neither living nor dying.

Until now.

Turning his brother to save Earc's life, Branan returns to the fold of his tiny family to lead them on a strange journey through the devil's world on Earth. He is helped by Fionna Frazier, a young peasant girl with a shocking secret of her own.

The trio travels around Macbeth's Scotland trying to escape from the devil's spawn, Raum. They meet vampires, druids, murderers, and a harpy, all which add adventure and demand they make choices between good versus evil. In the end, will they win the epic battle with Raum and return to God or will they lose their souls to Lucifer forever?

Book Review by Elizabeth Ramsay (reviewer)
Jun 25, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
110 people found the following review helpful
A true battle of good versus evil, Ms. Cerny has reimagined the story of Job.

Job became caught in the middle of a battle between God and the Devil. The Devil believed that if he took everything from Job, who was a successful merchant with a loving family, that Job would turn from God. God allowed Job to be tested in this way.

In THE TIEFLING: ANGEL KISSED, DEVIL TOUCHED, Branan Lachlan is born the first son of the Earl of Graxton. For medieval times, he lives a life of luxury with all his needs taken care of and he is surrounded by a loving family. He is also born with half an angel's soul. At twenty-one, he will soon be married to his love Iona, a woman from a neighbouring clan. It is at this point that his life becomes a descent into hell. By the end of his journey, he will have lost Iona, met and lost his soul mate, seen his family killed and his beloved brother become a demon. The true test of his soul will be his own actions when he reaches rock bottom.

One day when Branan is out hunting with his two brothers they are attacked by the demon Raum Kroni. Baoden dies and though Earc kills the creature, it is still able to impart the devil's kiss to Branan, transforming him into a tielfling. Branan flees to the woods as he learns to his horror that he must now consume living flesh to survive and he fears harming his family. During his twenty years in the wilderness, Branan learns to control his urge for human flesh and feeds only on animals. Sensing the demon's return, Branan rushes to his home moments too late to stop the slaughter of the Graxton clan. He turns his brother Earc in an attempt to save his life, but Earc lacks Branan's inner light. The demon Raum Kroni captures Branan and in an attempt to force him to kill a human inadvertently introduces him to the other half of his soul: Fionna. She is a simple peasant maid who intended to be a nun, but gives up everything to travel with Branan.

Romances are at their heart all the same story. Boy meets girl, they fall in love, there is some kind of barrier to that love, they overcome the barrier and live happily ever after or at least end the novel as a couple. What makes or breaks a romance novel is how the author embellishes this basic plot line. Ms. Cerny is following a different plot line. While there is nothing wrong with this, it does mean that this is not a romance novel. She is instead writing dramatic fiction. Once looked at through the lens of drama this novel becomes an attempt to examine what makes human good.

The story is told from Branan and Fionna's viewpoints as a first person narrative. The transitions are handled as chapter breaks. Given that Branan and Fionna often go over the same events, it would have helped the flow if their perspectives were more interwoven. As it stands the story line became repetitive as well as missing parts of Fionna's perspective. This created the idea that she was a secondary character. The scenes of medieval Scotland read as well researched and are fascinating from a historical perspective.

Overall, a slow read, but worth it if you are interested in the lives of medieval Scots.
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