Venators: Through the Arch (Venators #1) – Devri Walls
I’m not sure what it was specifically about this story that made me crave more, perhaps it was the portals, or the mystical world, or maybe it was the characters. Either-way at the end of the book, I just felt deflated because I wanted more.
This was an excellent read. I truly enjoyed it. The characters were great, with gentle Grey who hides from the world and protective Rune who is trapped by her familial obligations. And of course, my favorite, Beltran! Oh what a mysterious creature you are. A shifter with unknown motives, but what an intriguing addition to the story.
Walls outdid herself with this story. A true storyteller, with a gift for the magical side.
Synopsis: 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.
THE GIRL BEHIND THE BOOK:
Devri Walls lives in Meridian, Idaho with her family and one adorable little mutt. She writes in all things fantasy and would do just about anything for a working magic wand. Mostly because she’s a walking disaster and a wand would be of enormous help…although she’d probably trip and break it. So, there’s that.
She graduated with a degree in theater and has studied vocal performance most of her life. She now teaches voice lessons when she’s not writing novels, cooking dinner, playing taxi, spending time with her amazingly supportive husband or trying to read.
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*I received a free copy of the stories in exchange for an honest review.