I really totally enjoyed this book, despite the fact that I was up all night because I absolutely HAD to know what happened next!
Diavolino is just one of those books that you are engrossed in from the moment you start reading it, it's impossible to not make the world disappear as you immerse yourself into the book.
It was my first exposure to this author, and it's an exposure I definitely am looking forward to continuing. Everything about this book was vivid and juicy, from the descriptions of the weather to the dank and disgusting tunnels. The characters are fully fleshed (unless they are not blessed with flesh, but that would be a spoiler, now wouldn't it?)
While I can see where many people would see it as a story of good versus evil, to me, it was more primal than that even, almost back to the dawn of man and the eternal struggle between darkness and light. The story horrified me, made me smile, made me laugh, made me cringe in fear...the full range of emotions got a workout as I read this story. Steve Emmett is an author to watch, and I can see what he drags up from the bowels of the earth next to force us to take a look at the nature of man and his place in the cosmos.
Definitely get this book, but don't start reading it on Sunday night or you'll hate yourself on a Monday morning, because you won't be able to put it down.