Title: Magic Unleashed*
Series: Venators #1
Author: Devri Walls
Published: April 10th 2018
by Brown Books Publishing Group
Length: 416 pages
*Original title: Through the Arch
(first published October 1st 2016)
Six years ago, Grey Malteer was attacked by creatures he thought couldn’t possibly exist. They repeated a word, calling him a name he’d never heard before…Venator. Since then, his life has been a hellhole of secrecy—hiding old pain alongside strange new abilities.
Rune Jenkins has an itch, as she calls it, but it’s more than that. It’s an anger that builds up like the inside of a boiler whenever she’s around anything remotely supernatural. The pressure is growing steadily worse and she can’t understand why. All she knows is—her control is slipping.
By order of an unknown council Grey and Rune are pulled through a portal in the St. Louis arch, landing them in an alternate dimension where creatures of myth and legend exist. A realm that calls them, Venators.
Made up of centuries-old fae, vampires, werewolves, elves and succubi the council’s corrupt nature becomes obvious as they seek to wield the newly returned Venators as weapons. Wedged in an impossible position, Grey and Rune must decide their fate—do they go against the council’s wishes and help the innocents of this unforgiving land, or face the possibility of execution by the council.
I want to preface this review with the fact that I rarely pick up Urban Fantasy or Supernatural books. I tend to have a more difficult time connecting to the world, the characters, the story.
But I’ve found quite a few wonderful books through The Write Reads Blog Tours so I couldn’t say no. And I’m glad I’m part of this Blog Tour!
I had a really fun time reading Magic Unleashed. It’s not a book I would have ever picked up on my own, so I’m even happier that I enjoyed it so much.
We did have a bumpy start though. The story is told mostly from Rune’s and Grey’s POVs. While Rune was immediately likeable and relatable … I didn’t like Grey or was interested in him (or Rune tbh) but as soon as they passed through the Arch/portal I was fully immersed. I started to care for the characters. They are pretty simplistic, but I still liked them and I was interested to learn more about Rune and Grey. And even Ryker although he is pretty unlikeable at this point.
I love how Rune recognizes that but still cares for him, still wants to help him. Once the characters are in Eon the action really picks up. We learn a lot more about who and what Grey and Rune are and why they were brought here. We start to get a glimpse into the political landscape of this world and the way those two could have a positive influence.
Even though I really started to care for Rune and Grey, I liked the side characters way more! Verida was great. She is clever and she knows how to work with the council, she knows what it costs to disobey and she is in for the long goal. Verida is really involved in this political scheming and she tries to help Rune and Grey. Which is not an easy job, because those two seem to really want to die. Seriously, they do have a tendency to make not the wisest choices. But that’s fine because I do get where they were coming from which is the most important point!
I wanted to shake them a couple of times though!
My absolute favourite character was Beltran though. I love his wit and seemingly playful way. I knew he would be my favourite the second he was introduced as not trust-worthy because he is self-serving, does only what he wants and only helps them because he thinks it could be a fun time. I was a goner by then! I mean …
“Don’t trust Beltran,” he said. “Ever.”
“What? We’re trusting him now!”
“Not really. We’re simply trusting him to have a good time, and he can always be counted on for that.”
I’m really looking forward to learning more about him in the sequel and hope he is in it a lot. Same with Tashara from the council. She could be a really intriguing character!
With the fast plot and the engaging characters this book is a really quick and fun read, I was honestly surprised how quickly I finished it. And I would have started the sequel immediately if I had it in my hands that moment.
While I really liked the fast pacing of this book, sometimes I would have wished we got more details. I would have loved to get to know more about the world because I think there is soooo much potential there. We already got glimpses of some myths (Dracula, Van Helsing etc) and I hope this part of the story gets expanded more in the sequel. The council members could also potentially be very interesting. We got to know two of them a tiny bit more and I loved those two scenes. They really gave me high expectations for book 2!
I would recommend this to every Urban Fantasy/Paranormal lover as you have everything you could wish for in Eon. Vampires, Fae, Elves, Werewolves, Dragon and of course The Venators! A fast paced read witht he potential of an incredible world and lots of intriguing characters to get to know better.
Devri Walls is a US and International bestselling author. Having released 5 novels to date, she specialises in all things fantasy and paranormal. She is best known for her uncanny world building skills and her intricate storylines, and her ability to present them in an easy to digest voice. Now gearing up for her first national release, Devri is excited to introduce her sixth novel, book one in the Venators series. She loves to engage with her loyal following through social media and online sessions she organises for her readers. Devri lives in Meridian, Idaho with her husband and two kids. When not writing she can be found teaching voice lessons, reading, cooking or binge watching whatever show catches her fancy.