Published by Brown Books Publishing Group on April 10, 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Source: The Write Reads
Six years ago, Grey Malteer was attacked by creatures he thought couldn’t possibly exist. They repeated a word, calling him a name he’d never heard before…Venator. Since then, his life has been a hellhole of secrecy—hiding old pain alongside strange new abilities.
Rune Jenkins has an itch, as she calls it, but it’s more than that. It's an anger that builds up like the inside of a boiler whenever she’s around anything remotely supernatural. The pressure is growing steadily worse and she can’t understand why. All she knows is—her control is slipping.
By order of an unknown council Grey and Rune are pulled through a portal in the St. Louis arch, landing them in an alternate dimension where creatures of myth and legend exist. A realm that calls them, Venators.
Made up of centuries old fae, vampires, werewolves, elves and succubi the council’s corrupt nature becomes obvious as they seek to wield the newly returned Venators as weapons. Wedged in an impossible position, Grey and Rune must decide their fate—do they go against the council’s wishes and help the innocents of this unforgiving land, or face the possibility of execution by the council.
I received this book for free from The Write Reads. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I am so excited to share this book with all of you! This book has all my favorite creatures packed into it – fae, vampires, werewolves, elves, and succubi – even DRAGONS!!! So let’s get started, shall we…?
If you’ve been reading my reviews for any amount of time, then you know I pretty much always jump into a review by talking about the story itself. Obviously, that’s a logical place to start a review. I mean, that’s what everyone wants to know about anyway, right???
But I loved the characters in Venators so much that I just can’t help but start by telling you all about them! They’re great! I loved the banter and attitudes and interactions of… well, everyone! The conversations in this book alone are reason enough to read it!!! Unfortunately, I know I’m not going to do justice to just how much I loved reading the characters just talking to each other and that makes me sad. So just go and get the book now so you know what I’m trying to say, okay!?! Thank you!!! (Sorry, that was probably a few too many exclamations!!! I guess my emotions just really started to get away from me!!!!!)
So here’s a rundown on the main peeps…
Rune Jenkins. Rune is smart, funny, sarcastic, athletic, and secretly strange. She’s also the twin of the popular Ryker Jenkins. They’re both college students but Rune is much more focused on her studies and takes life way more seriously than her twin! Taking care of Ryker has almost become Rune’s complete identity. When we’re first introduced to her, we get a glimpse at just how fed up she’s become with this and how much it’s negatively affected her. Not only that, but Rune has problems outside of Ryker. She can’t even see a poster with a werewolf on it without getting super upset! See, Rune has an itch she can’t scratch. Anything dealing with the supernatural causes it to flare up and become unbearable. Anger, resentment, feelings she can’t understand and can’t contain rise up and she becomes unable to control herself…except when she’s with Grey.
Grey Malteer. Grey is an outsider in every sense of the word. His life has been the complete opposite of Rune’s. He had a truly crappy childhood, never felt loved, and has been the target of all Ryker’s fury for six years! Six years ago was also when Grey discovered everything supernatural he’d been told was pure fiction, was actually real. He’s been studying it ever since, trying to make sense of the world no one else believes exists.
Ryker Jenkins. He’s a jerk. I’m sorry, but I don’t like him and I know he’s Rune’s twin and all but I don’t understand why she doesn’t just give up on him. He’s everything the people of Eon had feared the Venators would be if they ever returned! I can’t believe he’s Rune’s brother and just everything about him makes me want to smack him in the face.
(And sometimes he makes me want to smack Rune in the face too. Sorry Rune!)
Tate Can’trememberhislastnameorifheevenhasone. Tate is in charge of finding and training the Venators. He’s a good guy under the control of a bunch of evil guys. I loved Tate most of the time, but I never truly figured him out.
Actually… I never truly figured any of the characters out. Especially Beltran, the shapeshifter who I absolutely love
(and wish he was real so we could hang out and play tricks on people). They’re all super complex, which I love! And we just don’t get to know enough about them or their pasts in this book to find out anyone’s true motivations. So just one more reason for me to get the next book and devour it ASAP!
Now that I’ve tried to tell you what the characters are like, I can move on to the wonderful story itself. But let me just warn you – I don’t wanna do spoilers so this is probably gonna be a bit chaotic and all over the place. I really feel like this is one of those books you’ve just got to read to understand.
Okay. Where do I even begin???
So Tate has traveled to our world in order to find/kidnap a couple remaining Venators to save his world (Eon) from a devasting war.
Venators are like superhumans. But they were kicked out of Eon years and years ago because they went totally crazy and tried to kill everyone and the humans who still have some Venator blood flowing through them don’t even know that they’re Venators!
Since it’s impossible to know you’re a Venator unless you come in contact with something/someone from Eon, it was a bit of a shock to Rune when she discovered she’s basically a superhero. Grey was a bit less shocked because he’d discovered his superspeed years ago and had been learning and testing his limits for a long time.
Enough about being a Venator, back to the story…
Once Tate brings Rune and Grey to Eon, they have to come before the Council.
I have no idea what to think about the Council. They don’t even agree on why they need the Venators back! The Council is made up of basically the most stuck up supernatural creatures in the land – werewolf, vampire, succubus, etc. They claim they need the Venators to help the people, but they don’t seem to keen on actually helping anyone.
The whole book is basically a set up to what I believe is going to be an amazing story of the Venators either restoring peace or destroying Eon. In book 1, we’re introduced to the land of Eon and all the different species that live there (including dragons). We learn about the world along with Rune and Grey, which I found pretty cool. I’m really looking forward to reading the next book!
To wrap up, Venators Magic Unleashed by Devri Walls is perfect for anyone who loves a good fantasy filled with a plethora of supernatural creatures. It’s action-packed and a quick read despite the fact that according to Goodreads it’s like 400 pages long. So I definitely recommend picking it up! (Also, did I mention there are dragons??? I REALLY want a dragon!!!)
So what do YOU think? Have you read Venators Magic Unleashed by Devri Walls yet? Leave me a comment below!