Review: Venators Through the Arch by Devri Walls
ABOUT THE BOOK: 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.
He waded in, glancing back to make sure she followed. It wasn’t long before he felt bony fingers wrap around his ankles. Grimacing, he jerked his leg free. Rune shrieked. “Keep moving!” Tate shouted back. “If you stop, they’ll pull you under.” Fingers continued to grab at him, and then something pinched. The abuse grew more violent the closer they got to the other side. Something kicked the back of his knee so hard his leg buckled, and he was grateful he’d left his arms free for balance. Teeth scraped down his leg, deterred only by the thick fabric of his jeans. Then something tore the coat from his waist, and his most prized possession vanished beneath the muck. He swore under his breath as he twisted away from another attack.
REVIEW: Fantasy can be so creative! The more creative and original the author is, the better the read as well as the surprise that comes from not knowing the world in which the story takes place. Walls has an entire world that has just unfolded in this first installment. This is a world filled with everything unimaginable, but some prominent appearances are humans, vampires, werewolves, shape-shifters, incubi, dragons and something new…called Venators.
Throughout this read, there are inviting entities and others who work for themselves. Starting out in our world, two siblings struggle against their nature…knowing that something is coming. Riley starts drinking, making his sister Rune, watch after him. There is only one person that Rune feels the most comfort when around, Grey Malteer. Grey loves everything supernatural, which Rune detests, but in order to understand herself more…she feels drawn to Grey and in finding out what he knows about them. After a mysterious man by the name of Tate walks into both of their lives, nothing will ever be the same. Suddenly, everything they hold dear is in danger and goblins are chasing them through the streets. Their only escape is a portal that Tate opens. With no idea where the portal leads, Grey and Rune must make a near impossible jump into the unknown, trusting a blue man that may or may not have their best interests in mind. What they find on the other side and who they trust will either save them or be their ultimate demise.
Walls has a superb story-line with fantastic character development. All of the characters in this story are unique, interesting and entertaining. They all have such depth that will intrigue the reader and allow them to feel emotions like desperation, determination and hopefulness. The pace is fast, making an easy and absolutely satisfying read. There were little to no errors, making the story that much more enjoyable for the reader. If you are a reader of young adult fantasy and paranormal, you may be interested in this adventure. Since this is the first installment in the Venators series, you are able to jump right on in.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Devri Walls is the best-selling author of six YA fantasy novels. She is a theater major with a flare for the dramatic and wishes more than anything for a magic wand.
Devri is from Boise Idaho where she lives with her husband, two kids and the cutest mutt of a dog the world has ever seen. When she’s not writing she can be found teaching voice lessons, trying to resist the urge to sell her two beautiful children to the circus, and cooking. Because…. food. Mmmmmmm.