Title: Magic Unleashed
By: Devri Walls
Series: Venators #1
Published: April 10th, 2018
By: Brown Books Publishing Group
Genre: YA | Urban Fantasy
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.
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Very grateful and excited to be part of the blog tour for this book, it’s a pleasure, but as you always know, my thoughts are 100% my own.
Venator is a super entertaining and easy-to-read book that really surprised me. I used to be a big fan of the urban genre in the past, but I haven’t read anything related for a long time and I enjoyed that aspect a lot, especially since I feel a lot of nostalgia reading it. It has very well created action scenes and the world-building seemed very successful for me, interesting to explore and easy to imagine.
The book is told in third person and we follow two main characters, Grey who was attacked by supernatural creatures who called him with a strange word … “Venator” and since that day he has been obsessed with this type of night creatures and he has some incredible skills he still doesn’t understand. Then we have Rune, who experiences a very strange sensation on her body when she’s around something that’s supernatural, without understanding why and little by little it’s getting out of control. One day things get intense and they both end up traveling through a portal to a magical world where all the legendary and myths creatures exist. Once there they’ll be surrounded by fairies, werewolves, vampires, among others and the boys soon understand that the council of that place has quite dark plans for them, the Venators. Gray and Rune will be forced to make a decision and decide their fate.
As I told you above, I enjoyed the book a lot, it’s not usually something I read today, but some years ago I was obsessed with this kind of book, I use to love reading urban fantasy. And I discovered that I still do it, especially because of the creatures and seeing this world was very interesting. It was a bit difficult for me to be 100% committed to the main characters because of their personalities that didn’t resonate with me, but even so, as the story progresses I think they become more complex and take a more intense tone, I liked much more than the beginning.
At the beginning, we have a lot of information about the whole magical aspects, it’s kind of overwhelming and I thought that I wouldn’t like the world, Eon, once we got there, but I loved it and ended up being one of my favorite aspects, it has something dark but whimsical at the same time, you know? I think it’s a world that the author has created so that the reader suspects of everything because it’s very mysterious and has a suspenseful vibe that fulfills its objective of keeping you expectant and alert because you know that anything could happen and that’s super cool in this type of book, keeps you wanting to read more and more.
I really like that’s super easy to read, so I would certainly read more from the author, it has a simple but effective writing style, so I would say that that’s a good thing.
The characters, in my opinion, are the weakest point of the plot especially Rune, I couldn’t connect so much with her because of her personality, I understand the hard aspects of her past and her family live, which I think is interesting, but her personality is annoying, so even when it grows a lot towards the ending, it’s not my favorite. I think that in general, they’re lacking a little depth and development so that we can commit to another level with them. We jump so quickly to the action that what we know about each one is quite superficial even cliché through moments. On the other hand, even though I don’t like Rune very much, Grey has greater potential and has more smart dialogues, I like how his mind works, and I think he’s generally more prepared for situations. Ryker has a pretty predictable fate in my opinion, but it’s still fine. Undoubtedly my favorites were Tate, it’s interesting, master type and a great source of information, so I liked it a lot & Beltran, it’s that kind of character that you know is kind inside even if he seems like a calculating type of guy, you know? I hope it doesn’t fall into being just a love interest because it promises good things.
The ending was abrupt for my taste but the intensity was really good, I just would have liked it to be a little longer and more developed instead of so abruptly cut, but it was pretty good and I think it intrigues you enough to want to know what will happen!
So to sum it up, I highly recommend it if you want to read an urban fantasy with all its components, characters with super abilities, a dark and treacherous world full of supernatural creatures & great action scenes! Which is a lot to say because I don’t usually enjoy action scenes, but these are very good, in my opinion. Plus: super easy and fast to read, and very addictive! So no doubt, if you want to have an entertaining and fun moment, grab this book you’ll not regret.
Devri Walls is a US and international bestselling author. Having released five novels to date, she specializes in all things fantasy and paranormal. She is best known for her uncanny worldbuilding skills and her intricate storylines, and her ability to present this all 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 organizes 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.