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Very few times I find a book that feels so natural it is almost a funny reading, just as if someone was telling you a story. R. H. Stavis did just that with Sister of Darkness: The Chronicles of a Modern Exorcist, explaining her experience as an exorcist, the only one in the world with no religious affiliation.
Stavis is totally honest on her points of view about trauma, energy, spirituality and religion, which could mean a shock to some, but she describes and explains everything in such a manner that more than once I felt the need to hug her as I read her life’s story, not because of pity, but because I felt she was one of those teachers you really want to find one day.
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In a world where magic and spirituality are almost always perceived as either a rain of flowers and light or a nasty, sinful thing to be done that condemns your soul, it was refreshing to find someone who knew darkness and evil are not the same thing, contrary to what many already assume and think.
The author makes it clear in Sister of Darkness that she has learned from her own experience and with the guidance offered by her spiritual guides, which include figures from the world’s major religions, angels and different deities from several cultures, just to name a few, making her a powerful force when it comes to battle the negative entities her clients need to get rid of.
Another interesting point is that, despite Stavis starts calling this beings as demons for a better, first understanding for the reader, she quickly gravitates toward the term of entity in order to be totally respectful to her audience religion and remain loyal to her own beliefs, but not imposing them at any time, something hard to find nowadays, if anyone asks me.
Despite she doesn’t get into full, complete detail about how she removes the entities attached in a person, or even a building, Rachel Stavis gives an almost complete insight into what happens when she does her job and offers a couple of details, along with the help of past clients who share their experiences in their own words, some of them being people anyone could search and verify their very existence, their jobs and more.
I always have my doubts when someone claims to be the only one capable of doing something, as it is only logical that in such a big world as ours, there must be someone that shares those abilities just like some people share their likes in music and food. However, given the amount of details and experiences this Sister of Darkness had while working on her abilities and gifts, and the way she perceives the very energy of the world, seems like we’re in front of one of the genuine cases that has met the public light.
Stavis also offers a very complete guide on the negative entities she has exorcised, providing descriptions, signs and causes that will help anyone with a little help for Spirit to identify them in case it is needed, although I must say that it would be better to have some previous work on self protection and purification.
For this purpose, the author also gives a list of herbs and methods that can be used as a way to elevate one’s own frequency, protect a space, bring the good energies, although it is considerably shorter when compared with the rest of the content of this books.
I’m definitely reading anything else that this woman writes. Sister of Darkness is just more than a collection of stories, it is also a first glance at how the world’s only non-denominational exorcist works, a book that makes you keep your eyes open in case any other comes from her in the future.
Sister of Darkness: The Chronicles of a Modern Exorcist
Print Length: 288 pages
Publisher: Dey Street Books
Publication Date: February 6, 2018
About the author:
Rachel Stavis is a screenwriter for film, television, and video games. She has published four horror novels under the name R. H. Stavis. She is also an exorcist, doing her work pro bono and without advertising her services.
About the reviewer:
Bader Saab is a digital journalist and self-published writer; a solitary, eclectic wiccan interested in the darker side of magic and divination; a gothic guy that tries to educate whenever he cans. Hopefully, someday he will succeed in one of them.