Book Review: Ventators, Magic Unleashed by Devri Walls
What the back says...
Welcome to Eon. An alternate dimension where fantasy and paranormal is reality, and humans sit at the bottom of the food chain. In this world of unadulterated power and ability, the innocent suffer greatly.
The ruling council of Eon has selected two humans, born of the Venator bloodline, and brought them through the gate—wishing to manipulate their strength and special abilities for the council’s corrupt purposes. But, Grey and Rune have very different ideas. When their college dorm is infiltrated by creatures from another realm, Rune Jenkins, her twin brother Ryker, and old friend Grey Malteer are thrown into unexpected, twisted chaos. While Rune and Gray are able to escape, Ryker is kidnapped away to Eon, the alternate world from whence these dark beings came. With the help of a supernatural guide, Rune and Gray must now travel to Eon to save Ryker, and discover the illuminating truth about their ancestry. In this new world of fae, vampires, werewolves, and wizards, power is abundant and always in flux. Rune and Grey are being set up as pawns in a very dangerous game and must find their way through – and out of – Eon before it consumes them.
To begin with, I have a confession to make... I haven't finished the book yet... I know, I know, bad scheduling on my part but my current hectic work life has affected my reading (Boo! When am I going to earn a living by reading all day... )? But, I am three quarters of the way through and I am absolutely hooked! From the outset this was just the kind of book for me. Anyone that has read my blog previously will know I love a fantasy novel (vampire series anyone), so I knew I was going to enjoy it.
The first thing that struck me about the story was how descriptive Devri Walls was, her way of describing places and people really helps you get an image of the characters in your head. The other thing I liked, and it's something that I am in awe of with most fantasy writers, is the imagination and plot lines - I am always so envious of authors that can create these fantasy worlds and beings, its something that I would love to be able to do.
Our story follows Rune and Grey, two college students with not a great deal in common. Rune spends her time putting her twin brother, Ryker, first, a constant battle to keep him on the straight and narrow. Grey is a loner, from a troubled home life with a fascination, verging on obsession, with the supernatural. It is this attraction to supernatural beings that bring the two of them together, literally throwing them into another world where they discover who they really are - Venators (think super natural police officers). Not only are they now having to learn what this means and how to adapt in this new world, Ryker has also been brought through the gate, but not by his own free will.
And so, here we are, will Grey and Rune master their Venator training? Will they be able to rescue Ryker before it's too late? How will they get on in their new world, filled with fae, vampires, werewolves and wizards. As I said, I am totally loving the book so far, squeezing in a sneaky read during work breaks and bedtimes. I am so pleased I was asked to take part in this blog tour, I would recommend this as a read to anyone looking for a new fantasy series to get involved with. It's definitely going to be the next series for me and I can't wait to see where it ends.