Hi everyone! I have been waiting for this day to come! Today, I am one of the tour stops for the incredible Ultimate Blog Tour of Venators: Magic Unleashed by Devri Walls, which is hosted by the incredible Dave over at The Write Reads!
Venators: Magic Unleashed
Author: Devri Walls
Publication Date: 10 April 2018
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy/Paranormal
Publisher: Brown Books Publishing
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.
Whenever there is a chance to participate in an Ultimate Blog Tour with The Write Reads, I always jump at the opportunity because the books are always top notch, and Venators: Magic Unleashed was no exception.
Six years ago, Grey was attacked by supernatural beings that couldn’t possibly exist. Since the attack, he has gained some interesting supernatural abilities that he must go above and beyond to hide as to not draw attention to himself.
Rune and Ryker are twins. Rune is sick of cleaning up after Ryker who has turned into a massive bully and drunk, but she can’t just turn her back on her brother. Rune notices that she keeps getting an itch sensation that seems to keep building, but she can’t seem to put her finger on what is going on.
Everything changes when Grey and Rune are attacked by goblins, which leads to Tate opening a portal to Eon to get them both to safety. In doing so, Rune has no idea what will happen to her brother Ryker, and neither Grey or Rune understand the danger they are in as Venators (humans with enhanced powers) in this other realm.
Holy smokes was this a fast-pace, thrilling read packed with a hoard of supernatural beings (vampires, werewolves, goblins, faeries, etc) and complex world building. There is so much magic and adventure in this story that I honestly just couldn’t get enough!
I was immediately pulled into the plot with the lure of supernatural creatures lurking in the background surrounding both Grey and Rune. I was a bit unsure of Tate since his role wasn’t quite clear at first, but you do get to learn more about him as the plot progresses. Grey was such an easy character to gravitate towards. You can tell he’s suffered, and he just wants to always do the right thing. Rune was a bit much to handle at first because she is a bit whiny. However, it becomes clearer later why she acts the way she does with the fears that she keeps under her surface.
Then there’s Beltran. He’s the mysterious vampire guide that clearly has a thing for Rune and is probably the only reason he decides to help Grey and Rune. He’s the cocky, bad boy type that you can’t help by love.
Overall, if you’re a fantasy lover like me and looking for a new world filled with magic and supernatural beings to get lost in, definitely pick this one up!
Thank you so much to Dave for my tour invite and providing my review copy! This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.