Read between: 6th- 13th January
Published: February 7th 2017
Synopsis: Courage comes from a shadowed place in our hearts; a blurred line that straddles love and sheer stupidity.
To seventeen-year-old Ava, wild woodcats, hungry stragglers, and simple-minded townsfolk are the evils she’s grown accustomed to. But when Ethan, an unusual man with eyes of smoke and fire opal, enters her world she quickly understands that there are worse things out there than drunken men and carnivorous forest creatures. She’s a specialised liar and a hell of a fighter, but against a group of animalistic men called Berserkers she struggles to survive the encounter as the desperate swing of a dagger is all it takes to change her life for good.
Half-dead and hunted by the Berserker’s leader when he forms a monstrous obsession with her, Ava escapes his pursuit in an unfamiliar land full of impossible creatures, unlikely allies, and the man she doesn’t know whether to kiss or kill.
But after dreadful news of her missing brother surfaces, Ava becomes more involved in the centuries-long war and begins to unravel the reasons behind her relentless nightmares, discovering truths long-buried in a violent history of love, loss and betrayal.
Review: Based in a world, that, in my eyes, is similar to medieval times, where there is technology but there is also monsters. Demons, who look like us but their eyes give them away at being a strange or mesmerising colour, and Berserkers.
Berserkers are like Demons. But evil.
They’re fighting against each other- and unlucky for Ava, she ends up right in the middle of it, away from home, with nothing but a locket to remind her of it.There’s only one question she needs an answer to though.
Who can she trust?
In her home town of Wetherton, Ava lives and works on her fathers farm, with her adopted brother Roan, and secret brother Cedar (her, in a male disguise) who sells the wears that the farm produces. It’s hard being a female, so she has to make do since her mother is dead.
She likes her life as it is, but then it all changes when she attends a party and is thrown into another life. A life of myth and monsters. Her life changes- more than she knows. Secrets are unraveled and she finds herself falling for someone.
Although written in a dual perspective, it’s mainly told in Ava’s point of view, but Ethan’s perspective doesn’t change the flow of the storyline.
I flew through this book, even though it took a while to get into and that it’s not a genre I usually go for. A pleasant surprise. I’m definitely curious to find out what happens next and what the next book might bring (assuming it’s part of a series).
If you like supernatural fantasy I definitely recommend it!
Thanks for reading!