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- Print Length: 311 pages
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- Publisher: Secret Tree Press (June 1, 2012)
- Publication Date: June 1, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008464TEK
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- Lending: Enabled
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Thrall: A Dark YA Urban Fantasy (Daughters Of Lilith Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The mix between action and descriptions of Braedyn's struggle and feelings is perfectly balanced and I loved how I was always in her head. If you like fantasy of the Joss Whedon "Buffy" kind with a forbidden love angle and a whole new and exciting lore around succubae, demon hunters and angels, this is the book for you. I loved this and can't wait for the next one!
Braedyn was a likable main character, and didn't make any of the illogical or silly decisions other protags sometimes do in the current YA fantasy fare. I liked her two besties, and only wish they weren't shunted to the periphery of the story so much when Braedyn learns about who she is and the part she must play with the Guard. Perhaps they feature more in the following installments of the series? I liked Lucas, too, although he sort of fizzled out after a while in the story. You still like him, but it's hard to remember why we're supposed to be in love with him.
The story was fun, exciting, and fairly original. The enemy are succubae (is that the plural of succubus??), descendants of Lilith. They seek to regain their rightful place in the world, as Lilith was shunned for not being satisfied to stay Adam's biddable doormat of a partner in the Garden of Eden. This includes revenge on the sons of Adam. The archangels attempt to keep things in order, but they also have other business they must attend to, and so much of the work is left in the hands of the humans who know of the demons' existence and seek to stop them. But are the Lilitu truly evil, or just jilted and jaded? I suspect we'll delve into this question some more in the next books.
I definitely plan on picking up the sequel some time!
Original Review can be found at Bookwyrming Thoughts
Dear World History teacher, you have apparently failed to mention about... MESOPOTAMIAN mythology last year. Although I suppose there's no blame on you since that's the myth teacher's job and what does mythology have to do with how the world advances? *raises eyebrows*
Anyhoo, Thrall. The story follows Braedyn Murphy, who's world apparently begins to flip upside down close to her sixteenth birthday. She finds out she's not exactly what she thinks she is and a group of demon hunters called the Guard are counting on her to stop a war from happening on the Winter Solstice.
Like any book usually, Thrall has clichés. Perfect jocks (ew), hot boy next door (thank gods his name isn't Daemon), clique of Barbies who pick on "odd" peeps. Heh. Maybe I shouldn't actually called them "perfect jocks" since if there's a Barbie, there's gotta be a Ken, so allow me to rephrase that sentence and say, clique of Barbies and Kens who pick on "odd" peeps.
But Thrall has its own unique elements as well, one of which I – and the synopsis – has already mentioned: the story is based on Mesopotamian mythology. Thrall most specifically focuses on demonic creatures called Lilitu, who are similar to Succubi and Incubi. In fact, even the main character is a Lilitu, and we don't often hear from the demonic side of things. It's usually all angelic, and by no means am I saying the main character is evil.
Speaking of angelic and demonic peeps, where there are angels and demons, there's obviously one thing to be added to the equation, right??? I'm talking about this particular dude:
Not WHO he is, because he's the annoyingly humorous Jace Wayland who is apparently Will Herondale's twin of some sorts, but WHAT he is.
The Nephilim. Half-human, half-angel. Marks aren't exactly necessary to complete the picture. They just need to hunt demons. Yes, there are demon hunters in here, and I only dragged in TMI and TID because of just because, which actually doesn't make sense if you ask me.
I actually dragged in TMI and TID because while there are demon hunters in Thrall, they're thankfully not called Nephilim, and they're not half-human half-angel. They're completely human if I recall correctly, and they're simply called the Guard. As in, guard guard.
That's actually more simple than Nephilim, and involves less of the red squeegees (squeegees are more fun to say than squiggle, since that reminds me of a worm and worms are disgusting), who apparently disapprove and think it should be "Philippine". In what way does a group of islands have anything to do with demon hunting?
The characters are very likable , with the exception of on girl. You will realize who when you are first "introduced" to her. The plotline was fast and kept you "enthralled." Sorry, I had to say it. Onto the next book.
You have a young girl who you think is your typical girl next door, Braedyn Murphy but she is actually a descendant of Lilith, the mother of all demons. Braedyn has fallen in love with the new boy next door, Lucas, which leads to much romance and adventure for both.
Jennifer Quintenz take on good versus evil is awesome, you want the good to prevail. By creating a war between the Sons of Adam and the Daughters of Lilith, Jennifer Quintenz gave this story great mythical lore.Yet there are some twists and turns that give this story so much depth, suspense and romance. The storyline is very clear and strong, which gives this book great characters and so much excitement.
This is the first time reading one of Jennifer Quintenz's books and this definitely will not be my last. Once I started reading Thrall, I never did put it down and neither will you.
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