PROMISES FORGED by Devri Walls
Series: Venators, Book 2
Publisher: Brown Books Publishing Group
Released: April 30, 2019
Genre: Dark Fantasy, Teen & Young Adult
It has been mere days in the world of Eon, where Rune Jenkins, her twin brother Ryker, and their friend Grey have been trapped, fighting for their lives. After discovering the truth of their ancestry, the three are far from home, and far from anything resembling their mundane lives of the past.
While Ryker is still held captive by the eerily beautiful Zio and her goblins, Grey falls into the clutches of Feena, the Fae queen. She begins to drain his soul bit by bit to feed her dark underground garden, and Grey has no hope of escaping on his own.
It is now up to Rune to save Grey, as his precious time slips away inexorably. But the Council has denied her permission to embark on a rescue mission, until she can harness her Venator gifts and prove herself capable of venturing into the Fae queen’s territory. As Rune discovers that promises in Eon are forged with life-or-death consequences, she realizes that she must act quickly, or else be swallowed – and Grey along with her – by the dangers of Eon.
He sat one horrible history on the floor and chose another. Not his, but Tate’s. When the Venshii first came along—half Venator, half not—no one could understand what had gone wrong. Why had they not inherited the full abilities of either of their parents? The scientists of the day had set about to find an answer. The Venshii were studied and experimented on. Cut, burned, drowned, tortured. From what Grey could gather through the sections of faded ink, the scientists had been trying to trigger latent abilities through trauma. Bile rose in his throat. After the betrayal of the Venators, the Venshii’s stories got worse. They were persecuted without exception. If you had the ill fate to be born as a Venshii, you’d drawn the unluckiest of cards. There was no true freedom or choice.
If you walked into another world through a portal and was tasked to be the warriors in the council’s stead, would you willingly accept that? Yeah, I mean it is pretty cool, but doesn’t that like come with a bunch of responsibility too? You would be putting your life on the line for total STRANGERS! Eon is a really interesting place, filled with creatures from nightmares, but many make it known that this is no place for humans. Readers will find that the second installment of the Venators Series, Promises Forged, has some intriguing plot twists, mysterious new characters, and provides a deeper connection with the major players in the series.
Rune, Grey, Tate, Verida and Beltran are back again in this installment, but so too are the council members. We really didn’t get too in depth with them in the first installment other than finding out that they are some pretty powerful and dangerous, no fuss, hot stuff…you got the picture. No one messes with these big dogs, but what happens when Rune and Grey are forced to pick a side?! They traveled to this world to find Rune’s kidnapped brother, Ryker, but the Council seems to be interfering with their mission. They have their own agenda, which is made very clear once Grey goes missing! He’s gone and Rune is forced to enlist the help of the council, much to their dismay, in order to find him. And this is where the reader is introduced to Feena, the big bad new player in this series. She is wicked, she is clever, she is calculating…and she is Fae. This is a very dangerous combination…and Grey has just become the prize. Even though she is after something far more bigger and badder, taking the life of a Venator would be a win-win right?! Realizing that it is more or less a suicide mission, Rune needs a miracle to get Grey out from Feena’s territory alive. Is there such a thing?
Walls has a compelling dark fantasy, filled with creativity, light humor and credibility. The characters are mysteries, filled with emotional turmoil and interesting to read about. The author ensures to create flawed characters that must face their own demons and the ones that are after them in this new world. There are no heroes, only warriors, and these Venators are fighting for survival. If you are a reader of dark fantasy with light romance, you may be interested in picking this book up. This is the second installment within the Venators Series and it is recommended that the first book is read prior to diving into this one.
This paperback was purchased by Turning Another Page. We provide a five-star rating to Promises Forged by Devri Walls.
Devri Walls is an international best selling author. She lives in Meridian, Idaho with her husband, two children and one adorable little mutt. Writing in all things fantasy, she would do just about anything for a working magic wand.
Mostly because she’s a walking disaster and a wand would be of enormous help…although she’d probably trip and break it. So, there’s that.
She graduated with a degree in theater and has studied vocal performance most of her life. She now teaches voice lessons when she’s not writing novels, cooking dinner, playing taxi, spending time with her amazingly supportive husband or trying to read.
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