This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
We meet the elvin, Brock, as he shows us his death, or really his new life starting as a vampyre. He is part of the prophecy. Now he has to race across the land before a crippling disease destroys not just the Elvin kingdom, but all of humanity. The prophecy is not that clear. Find a certain witch, pierce her heart and spill her blood.
Okay, sounds pretty simple, or actually pretty complicated really. Brock has the magic dagger and now he has to have every young girl touch it and if it glows, then she is the witch, stab her in the heart spill her blood, and bam, curse done, prophecy fulfilled, and all of Elvin kind is saved. Not to mention everyone else.
Poor Brock, nothing goes right for him. He has an idea to have all the young girls in the land touch the dagger using coins and a game, but nothing seems to happen and he isn’t finding the young witch to kill. But as a reader, it’s kind of creepy reading about a man gathering all the young girls to play games with them. And even better he is running out of money fast. He isn’t the brightest tool in the shed and gets captured quite easily.
Despite superhuman powers and a quiver that never ends he walks into a neat trap and is overcome by a bunch of monks. But thats okay…enter, Celeste. Celeste is also a prisoner of the psycho priest and monks, and together they escape their clutches and run to freedom.
Okay, I didn’t enjoy this book very much. There was a lot going on all the time. It was one thing after another. There were details jumbled because of the speed of this story. Sometimes I felt lost in the constant emotions of Brock. His actions and reactions were very young, and felt immature. That said one of the strengths of this story is the complicated world the author has written. She gives quite a lot of backstory for a short book, and her world is interesting.
I was also not a fan of Celeste. She manipulated Brock from the first moment they met. Everything was about her, and Brock was a convenient side kick. I did not understand Brock’s affection towards her when she did nothing kind, loving, gentle, or the least bit compassionate. She wouldn’t listen to him, made large assumptions and then stole from him. On the positive side she was quick witted, strong, and loyal to her cause.
For Brock being the chosen one with all the weight of the Elvin and humankind kingdom on his shoulders, things were already hard enough. But he had the added difficulty of everyone keeping the guy with all the power completely in the dark. I really felt for Brock. He is overwhelmed, obviously young, completely clueless and easily manipulated by everyone.
I won’t spoil the book, but the ending had me throwing my hands in the air. It was unsatisfying and left with both a huge cliffhanger and a bad taste in my mouth. I can’t say this was a good read for me.
Reviewed by R.W. Beans
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