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“She had to learn that the day granted hope and happiness, but I stole it. She had to face that the night hid evil and darkness, but my soul was blacker.” ― Pepper Winters, Debt Inheritance
Eva Thorne was born to be a monster, in a country of monsters. The Solhans are a “whole different category of human. One that most other races tended to hate.” Well, you can’t really blame them. Solhans glory in cruelty, dark magic, and buckets and buckets of blood – as long as it isn’t their own. Then, well, the Solhans opened a bit of dark magic that brought back their Dead God. And as a group that worships cruelty and death, their Dead God shouldn’t have been a surprise when he started slaughtering the very Solhans who worshiped him – along with half the rest of the world.
So, they became refugees, fleeing to other countries to escape the very God they were so gleeful to have brought back. Eva’s own family, the rich and massively powerful Thornes, found themselves in the Avian/Elf/Gnome controlled city of Highcrowne, the most ‘civilized’ place in the known world. Well, except for the fact that humans, like Eva, are pushed into the Outskirts, the dark garbage heap at the foot of the fabled city on the hill. Oh, and don’t forget that humans are also the slave labor that keeps Highcrowne’s very SteamPunk society running. Magic and machines, machines and magic. I loved it.
Eva’s family brought its power and dark magic with them when they came. They now rule over the Outskirts, wallowing in power, their hands in every evil, and yes, profitable, industry ripe for the picking. But Eva is determined, from a very young age, not to become what her family is – what her identical twin so easily became. So, she walks away, working in a café and living in a tiny apartment. She may not be rich, she may not be powerful, but above all? Eva is determined to keep her soul as her own.
Then her brother, the one ‘good’ person in her life, is murdered, his heart ripped out and taken away. Soul magic. And unless Eva can find his killer, and hopefully find his heart, Viktor’s soul will forever be captured and used for unknown, but certainly purely evil, purposes. Surrounded by family, who want to turn her to their Solhan ways (well, except for her twin, who just wants her to suffer greatly before slaughtering her), and a variety of human, gnomish, and ‘other’ people hanging around her and offering to ‘help’ for reasons of their own, Eva’s story is harsh, brutal, and obsessively readable. Finding her brother's killer is going to be hard enough. But keeping her soul intact? That may be impossible.
I picked Tangle of Thornes up for free on May first and sat down this afternoon after wearing myself out with gardening (it was warm today, Yea!!). It is midnight now and I just finished the book. I hadn’t read the description (see what a good cover can do? It caught my eye and I opened it on my eReader) but I also wanted something by an author I hadn’t read before that had a female lead, and I picked it up. The first paragraph caught my attention, then I was all in.
“I’ve read a few of those hard-boiled detective novels. You know, The Maltese Griffin, Murder on the Troll Road … the classics. But none of them ever mentioned the smell. Mr. Hylar, my last hope, smelled like old sweat mixed with fermented stomach contents, some of which stained his shirt collar. City elves were like their country cousins: filthy.”
OK, THIS I can get behind! No tall, willowy Elves with long, shiny locks blowing in a magical breeze? Something Different! Whoot!
The second book in the series is A Thorne for a Crown. 28280519I won’t read the description of this one either, I will just wade right in. I don’t watch the “what’s happening next” at the end of a show I am watching either – I would rather watch it than have it described to me, so I will do the same here. I had to slap my own hand to keep myself from punching the “Read For Free” button when it popped up at the end, but I will wait or I will be up the rest of the night and into the morning!
I enjoyed Lorel Clayton's writing and wit, the story was interesting, the world building fascinating, and the plot kept you guessing until the end.
Eva came across as the least interesting person in the story, with too much angst and too little of anything to find interesting. From her narrative voice to her choices to the constant anxiety of what was happening she came across as a whiny 13-year-old that I have no interest in learning more about.
However, everyone else is engaging, with a multi-layered personality that Eva should have had. Hopefully, there will be novella's about and with the other's viewpoints in between bouts of Eva hating everyone around her, being angry at everyone around her and generally wishing she had the balls everyone else has to actually do something rather than run around hating and angry at everyone.
So while I won't read this particular book again I do look forward to more of Lorel Clayton's writing.
The characters had real strength, personality and charisma and I very much look forward to seeing them develop as the series continues. Some were pure evil, others sultry and mysterious.
It was a book that really kept me guessing and left me intrigued and wanting more.
Well done Lorel Clayton, and thank you for the good read :)
So she set forth to uncover the truth. In her search, she met all kinds of interesting characters and had fallen prey to questionable creatures. And then she discovered something that involved her twin sister, Ilsa. The Thornes seemed to be entangled in a situation neither of them were unable to get away from.
The story was good and enticing. Eva's quest proved to be quite difficult and daunting, but she'd managed to come out of it, albeit scathed. I just wasn't into the whole romance thingy; Eva seemed to have bewitched not just one but a number interesting characters. I thought she had foolishly fell in love without knowing fully well the man who got her pinned on the wall while kissing. I also thought she took advantage of her beauty and had Adder and Conrad seething with rage. I don't know, I was just not comfortable with it. Or maybe it was just me.
The world built by Lorel Clayton was interesting and thrilling. Dwarves, bogles, elves and such are fun to read about. Somehow there's still more to look out for with Eva and her motley crew in the next book! This will surely be another adventure.