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"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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"We’d always been together. We would always be together. Always. Apart…apart we were dangerous."
Things go awry, like a true Pippa novel and Gem struggles with the idea of not being her own person while getting help from those she doesn't trust:
“You know half bloods are owned. It’s the way of things. It’s always been the way of things. Just because the veil closed doesn’t mean anything has changed.”
Chaos does indeed arise and the fall out is something Gem will have to fight with a little help from the Prince of Pride himself!
"Demons lied. That was the only truth that mattered."
There wasn't a cliff hanger but a definite plot hook that leaves you not just wanting but needing the next book!
Well done Ms. DaCosta, I truly enjoyed the beginning of this new series in the Veil world.
Gem is one of the half-bloods that we never saw in the original Veil series. All the stuff with her brother was hush hush and done off page. I was interested in what happened to them and if they made it back to our side of the Veil before the end of book 5. This starts a brand new chapter in the human world after the Veil has been restored. There aren’t a lot of demons on this side but enough that Gem and her brother find themselves in the employ of one.
Gem is a likeable enough character but she was kept asleep for most of her life and the rest of the time she was tested and honed to kill demons. She is so naïve and the world outside the Institute is something she just wasn’t prepared for. She has never even watched TV let alone used a microwave. I struggle a little with her character because she is a bit brain washed and is dependent on the use of a drug to keep her demon under wraps. But I did like the character development she goes through in this.
Li’el the Prince of Pride was one of my favorite characters in The Veil series so I was really excited to see him in this spin off. Just remember folks that when it comes to the Princes, they are masters of deception and manipulation so what you think you know might not be true.
There is also the introduction of Torrent another half-blood. He is a tortured soul who spent all of his life on the other side of the Veil and is now stuck in the human world too. He has plenty of scars both on the outside and the inside to deal with so I instantly liked him.
While not perfect I did enjoy parts of this book a lot. The twist with what Allard (another demon stuck on this side of the Veil) was trying to accomplish and how he planned to do it was very interesting. I’m still just looking for enough Chaos to be generated for a certain Prince to punch through from the other side….Greed I miss you.
But all of that said I am interested to see where this story arc goes.
You don’t have to have read the Veil series to read this but I think that your enjoyment of the book would be greatly decreased if you didn’t know what happened in The Veil series.
Unfortunately, I could not connect with the main character, Gem. She is an ice demon. Let me tell you ... her heart is as cold as a block of ice. That might be great for being a demon, but it made it impossible for me to like her. I understand her background. I get why she is pissed off. I empathize with her need to find her brother (in the beginning). But Gem did not connect with her human side the way Muse did in The Veil series. So I'm left with a woman who suppresses her demon and doesn't connect with her humanity. She's like a robot. There is zero growth of her character in Book 1. In fact, she gets worse throughout the book.
But even more than that, once the 'big reveal' comes out, I absolutely cannot get on board with Gem's goal of finding her brother and setting him free. That, my fellow readers, is a major problem. I'm supposed to cheer the protagonist on in her main goal. But I can't. Everyone else around her is right, in my opinion. Allard was right.
So I would go into Book 2 hoping Gem doesn't reach her goal. Ugh. That's not happening. I want a protagonist I can cheer for. I'll stop here. Or maybe I'll jump to book three because Li'el, the Prince of Pride, sounds like an interesting character.
I'm giving this book 3 stars (It's Okay) because the story is well written, I loved Torrent, and the overriding concept is great.
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Original story, that deserves...Read more
Great writing with lots of detail put into each character.
Ordering book two now.