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Alexey Dyed in Red (The Zhakieve Chronicles) (Volume 1) Paperback – August 30, 2015
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The story seems lost for quite a while and up to about 20% doesn't have much direction at all.
To me, also, the characters did not read as authentic. I felt that there was something the author was trying to portray that didn't make it through. Alexey came across as simple and easily manipulated, and when the big reveals happened it didn't really make him more interesting, it just made him sort of jumbled.
The love interests started out just unlikeable, and morphed into the kind of enigmatic love interest trope. They never really developed into characters. They also didn't have any chemistry with each other or with Alexey. Alexey came across as childlike and asexual, so the whole romance fell flat. He likes people, but none of his emotions were strong enough to make love or passion believable.
The next book is apparently about a character who seems to have no redeeming qualities. I like complex characters who mix good and bad, but I didn't see that here. These are just nasty characters that people are nice to for completely inexplicable reasons.
And given that there were only three other characters in the book, the identity of the mystery hunters was not a mystery. What was a mystery was why the other characters couldn't figure it out.
Overall, 3.5 stars. It wasn't unreadable but lacked stable, well developed characters. The plot is relatively simple so it really needs worldbuilding and good characters.
Okay I am a huge horror movie fan and I love all things fantasy so when I read this book and realized it was like a horror wrapped around fantasy I just was in awe of how amazing this world the author created was.
So let me explain while I felt this book was equal mixtures of both horror and fantasy. I am not trying to spoil this book at all, this is just one of the many things that made me pause and think WTH! There may of been mention of eating another warlock bone and all to gain more power as a warlock... Um no words for how creepy and gross, just ewe. So while trying to wrap my mind around all that weirdness I get hit with a whole bunch more parts that had me stunned and thinking WTH was that lol.
This book was just so outside what I would normally read and I am not saying that in a bad way at all.
You get a some romance between these three and very little steam but that is okay because everything that goes along with this story just grabs you and does not let you go.
I absolutely love all things warlocks and magical with worlds you would never had thought of before and you definitely get that with this book! But you also get the strange and kind of graphic that you would also get with a horror book which I loved also.
You get Porfiry and Vasiliy who are two demons who are always are touching each other then they meet Alexey and they add him to their always touching which was cute. But I do not want to give away anymore of this book. This is one you definitely should read for yourself.
So all together I loved this book!
I would recommend this book!
I received this book free in exchange for an honest review from Inked Rainbow Reads.
I really liked this book. I thought the fantasy world was interesting, and well developed, and I really liked the setting. The magic was different, and I liked the concept of the Warlock. Dark, and more than a little creepy. Way more than a little. The characters were interesting, and well developed. I liked the way they interacted together, and how it was about more than just love, but about friendship, guilt, family, and responsibility. The plot was nicely convoluted, and the twist was really well done. I liked that it was well supported by the story that came before it, not something that felt like it came out of thin air, but the foreshadowing wasn't so heavy that I had all the answers before I was given them. The ending was well done, and it fit the story, and the characters. I don't want to say too much because I'm afraid I'd give something away, so I'll just leave it at this. I can't wait for more.
If you enjoy fantasy, magic, and horror, you should give this short story a try!
*Copy provided for review.
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