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Diabhal: Diabhal Book 1

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Diabhal (Devil) is the story of cults, exorcisms and the devil in 1980’s era Los Angeles. Ceit Robertson, age ten, is the next Matrarc to the Society, a cultish, matriarchal group living in an inconspicuous cul-de-sac in Venice Beach. When Ceit’s mother is attacked by spirits from the old world, a failed exorcism results in Ceit’s exile into the foster care system in Los ...more
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Published October 29th 2019 by Turner
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Michelle Kenneth -
I cannot stop thinking about this book. Kathleen Kaufman has done it again. All those little things that go bump in the night on the other side of the veil, she lowers the curtain just enough to scare the crap out of you. When I read "Hag" last year, I curated it into my personal library, because I believed that there are stories about the different gods, spirits, cultures, etc. that are important for us to keep alive and not die out. With Diabhal, she brings to us the ancient spirits of Ireland ...more
Oct 19, 2019 marked it as dnf
I'm setting this one aside. I gave it 100+ pages, but unfortunately, this isn't working for me. It started out well, but I've sort of lost interest as it becomes less focused on the cult. It also took forever to get explanations on what some things are, and I don't really like having to make guesses about worldbuilding stuff.
Sarah B
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm glad I picked this book up at the library because to my surprise I really ended up enjoying it.. it was also very different than what I had thought it might be. To me, the blurb on the back cover had hinted at maybe a story along the lines of the Exorcist but it was actually very different but in a good way.

This is the story of a young girl who is naturally gifted with powers that normal people do not understand. And it's also about creatures from myth, apparently from Ireland although I had
Nicholas Diak
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Diabhal (pronounced dev-uhl) is the newest novel from Kathleen Kaufman, author of prior works such as Hag (2018) and The Lairdbalor (2017). The novel focuses on Ceit, a precocious girl at the age of ten who lives in a cul-de-sac populated with her extended family who are all part of a cult called The Society. When Ceit’s mom falls ill while being possessed with maleficent beings, things go awry and Ceit is plucked from her brother and father and institutionalized in the notorious MacLaren Hall. ...more
William Maxwell
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was delighted when this book hit my desk (the intimate details and dive into other cultures being a -thing- that I'm definitely into) and this did not disappoint. The narrative starts with what appears to be a Chosen One narrative that rapidly evolves into a situation that is a surprise both for the protagonist and the antagonists who want to take advantage of that power.

There's a wonderful attention to detail around the landscape of Los Angeles and how it seems to breed its own brand of
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Strange and interesting. Gaelic and Dine storylines.
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I have read this year. The story is well told with characters you can root for.
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Set in a mysterious, cultish part of Los Angeles, Diabhal examines a secret world, older than our own, in which the forces of evil are real and powerful but can also be used and manipulated. The story follows a young girl who is raised in a society that seeks to understand and practice the ancient rituals. From page one, we are thrown into this dark, spiritual world that manifests outwardly as things like mental illness, but inwardly as a soul run down and consumed by hungry spirits.

With great
Amanda (readlingoctopus714) Turner
Diabhal (pronounced Dev-uhl) is the story of Ceit Robinson, her Celtic cult family residing in LA, and the battle for Ceit's life/soul. A story about a cult that starts with an exorcism and is literally called "devil" sounded like an absolutely haunting read. However, I was let down somewhat with this book.

I was expecting more horror, more culty darkness, and more devil. I had a really difficult time getting into this book, and my attention kept wavering for the first 75'ish pages. The Celtic
J.A. Sullivan
Jan 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Even at the tender age of ten, Ceit Robertson is no ordinary girl. Born into an ancient matriarchal cult, where magic and demons are part of everyday life, she is next in line to become leader of the society. But after an exorcism on her mother goes terribly wrong, Ceit is ripped away from her family and placed into foster care. Without the protection of the society, her otherworldly power attracts the attention of other cults who desire her abilities, and she’s forced to forge her own destiny.

Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
I had high hopes for this title. Set in Los Angeles, the premise was very alluring - all about the devil. The Scottish-Gaelic dialect was very distracting. Ceit has an interesting heritage filled with the occult. I might have been expecting a lot more sinister story rather than a custody battle for Ceit and her brother Alan.

Thanks to the publisher for access to the review copy.
Edward Lorn
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Kathleen Kaufman is a native Coloradan and long-time resident of Los Angeles, California. She is a University of Southern California alum, teaches high school English, and is a writing and composition adjunct professor at Santa Monica College. In addition to writing, Kathleen is an avid amateur photographer and has published work in The Huffington Post and other publications. When not writing, she ...more