Venators Magic Unleashed | By Devri Walls
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Narrative and Plot
The story of Venators is told mainly by Rune and Grey – the central protagonists of the story. Although the narrative shifted between different characters now and then in the latter half. It threw me off a bit at times but never affected the pacing of the story. The plot seemed like a foundation for the upcoming books in the series. The stage is now set and the characters can finally be themselves. However, that made the plot in this book look a bit superficial and straightforward despite the intriguing politics of the otherworldly council.
Characters and Conflicts
Rune and Grey had a tremendous character arc. Starting as any other ordinary teenagers, their transformation is fun to read. The rich ensemble cast also catches your attention. In particular the shifty Beltran. If not for him, this book would have had a star missing from my part. ( Just saying..) Tate is the one who leads the protagonists and the readers in this magical world. Verida, the council and Ryker are all striking characters.
There isn’t a good vs evil in this story. Most of the characters have flaws and are a shade of grey in their own way. But it doesn’t give away too much since this is the first book in the series. If you love the character backstories, this book will somewhat frustrate you by partially revealing most characters. Since this is the first book, it is merely setting up the stage whereas characters and conflict is concerned. However, every single chapter of the book is action packed and fast paced.
If you love action and adventure in your YA fantasy amidst a political backdrop, then Venators Magic Unleashed is definitely your pick.
The book definitely has layered characters with dark and mysterious pasts. If you’re patient enough, this will be rewarded by revealing each aspects of the characters in the upcoming Venators books.