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.
I’m so excited to share this review with you guys and be part of this blog tour which was created by The Write Reads over on Twitter. This is just one of the ultimate blog tours planned for this year so I was so enthusiastic about being part of this one and I hope it encourages you to give this book a read!
I have to admit, while I love fantasy, I tend not to read too much urban fantasy unless you count the Shadowhunter books years and years ago. Saying that though, Venators Magic Unleashed definitely took me by surprise with how much I enjoyed it. The world building and the character development were a major plus for me. Although this book ended up being a bit more of an average read for me, I’m still glad to have read it and given this sub genre a try!
I liked Rune and Grey and thought they were interesting and relatable characters, even if they did fall into the more cliched territory at times. Rune felt so real to me precisely because she has such human motivations; to save her brother Ryker at any cost, even going to an alternate dimension in fact. Everything she felt when she first got to Eon felt so realistic, of course there’s excitement and an adrenaline rush but she also wants more than anything for things to go back to normal. I felt for her as she always has to be the responsible one and feels such a huge duty to her family but over the course of the novel she starts coming in to her own and shedding the scared person she was before.
As well as the characters, the world building was expansive and I liked the level of description in the novel. Walls really fleshes out Eon from it’s physical landscape to the political which made it feel more legitimate and worked so well. There are some great passages and quotes, all of which I can’t possibly include here of course, but rest assured the writing itself is great and provides a great basis for the series to continue for a good few books.
My main issues were with the pacing and the sense that there was just a lot of information in a short period of time. This is a common thing in the first instalment of a series that is trying to establish a rich world so I think this is a problem that will get resolved in the rest of the series. I think it will feel more cohesive that way. I also thought the cover didn’t really entice me to pick up the book, though this is personal preference so not a negative per se.
Overall, I did enjoy this book and I would consider reading the sequel to find out what happens next with Rune and Grey. Would recommend to fans of darker fantasy with strong world building and writing.
Until next time,
About the author:
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 world- building 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.