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- Print Length: 298 pages
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- Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press (February 22, 2016)
- Publication Date: February 22, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B018WVGRVY
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #584,137 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
This book was great! Though I will freely admit at first I groaned and thought I was reading a ‘Hollows wannabe’. I soon shut myself up, apologised profusely for being such an idiot for assuming such a thing and got on with enjoying the story. It is NOT a ‘Hollows wannabe’ AT ALL! Yes there are some minor similarities… but you could say that about any supernatural urban fantasy that has vampires, shifters (were people) and the like in them. In some ways, it was better than the Hollows as it’s a new series, first off and… time for me and I do apologise to Ms Harrison and her Hollows for saying this… BETTER! More believable and easier to get into, to run with.
Okay, so now I have possibly insulted two excellent authors, let’s try and skip past that and get on with how great this book is.
‘Of Scions and Men’ is a really good spin on the whole vamp/ scion roles often shown in books these days. That in itself was unique. And – yay!!! – the vampires didn’t sparkle! They were seen as what they were by those who looked at them in different lights. Yeah, that was easy to follow, right? Basically the whole idea of the lesser of two evils… with a supernatural twist really came into play with this book.
The main character was likable, you got to know her and her background well as the book progressed – rather than having all dumped on you to start with, or suddenly thrown at you as to why she is the way she is as a poorly planned plot twist near the end. No, Ms Sloan handled the whole character development very well and kept me interested into the wee hours with my ‘One more chapter’ mantra.
There were the odd typo and grammatical glitches, but this was an ARC and so they are easily excused. My work (and reviews) are full of them so cannot judge! I will admit to sometimes getting a little lost in the fight scenes as the terminology used confused me. It was probably the correct and proper phrases used… but not being a fight guru I almost skimmed those sections as they got a little too technical for me. Not a big thing, just a reader thing. As in, the fault lay with the reader, not the book.
Would I recommend this book to others? Yes I would. In fact, I already have been. Anyone I know who has read ‘The Hollows’ series by Kim Harrison has had me tell them to grab this book and have a read as it’s great.
Would I buy this book for myself? Yes I would. In fact, I have a MAJOR book hangover from it and really, REALLY want to see how this series is going to progress and I can’t wait to read the next book. Yes, I will be making big moony eyes at Ms Sloan and Curiosity Quills Press in the hopes I can be a reviewer for the next book too.
In summary: Loved it, read it in like 3 days and want more NOW! A brilliant, refreshing and thoroughly enjoyable new supernatural urban fantasy series and something lovers of this genre should go and buy TODAY! Buy it now, thank me later. ;-)
Rowan Brandy is a vampire’s scion – someone who becomes a vampire’s servant in blood bag and gains a psychic link that allows them to use the vampire’s powers. She normally works tracking down vampires who take blood illegally, but then bodies start turning up suggesting that a vampire is trying to make an off the books scion.
The synopsis given makes it look like the plot will revolve around some diplomats from Canada visiting the US. It’s true that these diplomats have a large role in the book, only… I’m not sure why. If they had anything at all to do with the plot or something particularly significant to contribute, I’ve forgotten it in the week since I’ve read the book. In general, the plot felt very weak. The pacing seemed off and it took a while for anything meaningful to happen. The ho hum plot could have been all right if the book made up for it with good characterization. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case.
I really disliked Rowan. She started off not so bad but it didn’t take long for her to actively annoy me. She feels like the run of the mill “Strong Female Protagonist” you encounter in urban fantasy, complete with the tight fitting leather pants and a dependency on her vampire love interest. I think we’re supposed to admire her independence for mouthing off to authority, but it just makes her look stupid.And she’s constantly smirking! All attempts to give her sarcasm and humor (and I get the feeling she’s supposed to be funny) fall has flat as her overall characterization.
There weren’t even any secondary characters I liked. I either disliked or was indifferent too all the rest. Her vampire master/love interest annoyed me, especially his repeated use of the word “cherie.” There was only one other reoccurring female character besides Rowan, and they never had much of a conversation or relationship. It felt at times that almost everyone surrounding her was a hot dude there to highlight how sexually desirable Rowan was. Except for Lyle, her best friend, who was a walking stereotype and had no characterization or plot line outside of him being gay.
The “vampire dystopian” set up should be interesting, but the explanation for it was incredibly flimsy. Something about Middle Eastern terrorism and some really dodgy economics? The way the world worked now felt either ill thought out or infodumped. A lot of the common paranormal creatures (vampires, werewolves/shifters, and ghosts) are included, but they feel thrown in and not like they are a cohesive part of the same book.
I can’t recommend Of Scions and Men. There was too much that I disliked about it, and almost nothing at all that I did like. If you’re a big fan of the “sexy UF heroine dallying with vampires” you might get something out of it. But if you’re looking for something that rises above the usual, Of Scions and Men isn’t for you.
I received a free ARC copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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Stayed up pretty much all night telling myself "just one more chapter".Read more