Book Review: Venators, Promises Forged by Devri Walls
What the back says...
It has been mere days in the world of Eon, where Rune Jenkins, her twin brother Ryker, and their friend Grey have been trapped, fighting for their lives. After discovering the truth of their ancestry, the three are far from home, and far from anything resembling their mundane lives of the past.
While Ryker is still held captive by the eerily beautiful Zio and her goblins, Grey fall into the clutches of Feena, the Fae queen. She begins to drain his soul bit by bit to feed her dark underground garden, and Grey has no hope of escaping on his own.
It is now up to Rune to save Grey, as his precious time slips away inexorably. But the Council has denied her permission to embark on a rescue mission, until she can harness her Venator gifts and prove herself capable of venturing into the Fae queen's territory. As Rune discovers that promises in Eon are forged with life-or-death consequences, she realizes that she must act quickly, or else be swallowed – and Grey along with her – by the dangers of Eon.
I very much enjoyed this book! The first book in the series was good although it did take a bit of time to get truly absorbed into it but this one had me at the get go. In Promises Forged we continue to follow Rune and Grey's journey as new Venators, navigating their way through Eon. Rune, who I'll be honest, was a tiny bit irritating in the first book, really comes into her own in this one and you really see her character grow as you go through the pages. With Grey, he's such a complicated character and we still haven't find out the whole of his back story yet so I think there is a lot more to come from him.
The plot line takes us in a different direction than you would have first anticipated, was Rune finally going to save her brother from Zio? No, first we have to meet another strong, female character in the form of Feena the fae queen. And it's with this character that the authors imagination and story telling really comes to life. I was so impressed with the world and descriptions she had created in Ventators Unleashed but she upped it a notch for this one.
We also learn a bit more about the secondary characters, Tate's story and that of his family, Verida's background and also a few snippets on Beltran, slowly becoming my favourite character.
I don't want to give too much of the plot away, as I hate to spoil things for other readers but this is a must read for anyone that enjoyed the first, I am totally invested now and have already pre-ordered the next one to see where we end up. There are a few unanswered questions that need wrapping up so I can't wait.
Have you read Promises Forged? What did you think? I'll be interested to know your thoughts.