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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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Come Back To Me is the reader's reward for their patience. Anyone who knows me knows how much I adore this series. It was recommended to me by a friend who said, "You're not going to know what's going on at first and you may hate Vin Vanbly, but stick with it and it'll be worth it."
Understatement of the century. Though each book in the series is unique, they all resonated with me in some kind of way. I could see myself, my feelings, in these characters, and often it wasn't in a good way. I recognized the faults these complex characters struggle with and cheered for them as they were forced to accept their true self.
I'm getting off track because it's difficult to review just this book without relating it to the entire series. Reading Come Back to Me felt as if I finally got to add a giant puzzle piece of the Vin Vanbly saga that I've been missing, hoping for, and waiting for.
And it didn't disappoint. For the first time we get to meet Vin's older brother, we get inside the head of someone other than Vin, and the book is about more than just a King Weekend.
I don't want to give anything away because I'd be super upset if someone spoiled this for me, but anyone already following the series will love this penultimate book. If you don't follow the series, be sure to visit Edmond's website, where he's listed the 4 (FOUR!) different ways readers can enjoy the Lost and Founds, AND THEN GET ON THAT.
Vin Vanbly, a Lost King, finding other lost kings and Kinging them over a weekend. He’s giving them the tools in super crafty ways of carefully planned experiences that lead them to their own kingly apex. Be the men they’re meant to be. He’s doing this glorious thing, but he’s a troubled man skirting the edges of crazy. His self-esteem is tarnished by a totally horrific childhood. His life is a house of cards packed full of lies. And he’s most unreliable as a narrator — though his stories are captivating.
These stories are packed with little mysteries, mystical hoodoo, symbols, numerology, Easter eggs planted along the way in strange little places along with nuggets of wisdom tucked into bouts of lunacy. It’s sheer genius seeing all these things so carefully crafted and woven together into tales of these beautiful souls finding their kingship.
Come Back To Me is told in four short stories, some parts are told in different points of view because Vin’s not always able to carry the tale. They span several years and release a lot of secrets alluded to in previous books. This book opens the gates wider than ever, answers a LOT of burning questions while posing even more.
Here is where we see Vin torn down and built back up. His secrets start creeping out of dusty corners because there’s someone Vin can’t deny when answers are demanded. Skewed perspectives are placed under different lights — or lit up for the first time after being tucked away in the dark.
I feel honor bound not to spill the beans here, so I’ll carry on with some extra exuberance. This series is not your typical Romance. Sure, there are parts that are spectacularly romantic, and the love is abundant. Sex happens, sometimes a lot, and it’s gorgeous and weird and dirty and sweet. There is kindness like you wouldn’t believe. Everyone is flawed in messy ways that make them relatable or easy to hate for a little while…until we figure out how to love them — because Vin knows and leads us there.
Edmond Manning a Super Nova King among the Kings and Queens of Pens (or keyboards, as it were). And that this series comprises some of the finest books I’ve ever read ever in my lifetime of reading.
A note in the front matter states that this book can be read as a stand-alone, or introduction to the series. I can see that’s probably so. But…personally, I’d say start at the beginning. Collectively, they’re full of adventures not to be missed. I think having the background of the others made this book a richer experience. Plus, come on!
Come Back To Me, book 5, has a very different structure than books 1 - 4. This story is divided into parts, and it's much more than just a King weekend, although a delightful and very emotional King weekend is included. Narrators other than Vin tell parts of the story, and that's a new experience. In Come Back To Me, Vin is the lost king and there was something utterly painful for me to experience this.
If you've read King Perry, King Mai, The Butterfly, and King John... you definitely need to read Come Back To Me. It is a different kind of loveliness, but just as satisfying and lovely as all of the stories of the lost and founds. (I hear tell there's also a book called King Daniel offered on the author's website in installments - but I'm waiting. I like to hold Edmond Manning's words in my hands, and hug them to my chest every once in a while.)
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