Venators: Promises Forged (#2) – Devri Walls

Title: Venators: Promises Forged (#2)
Author: Devri Walls
Publisher: Brown Books Publishing Group
Genre: Fantasy/YA
Page length: 428 pages

Finally after close to three years, the sequel in the Venators series has finally been released. I had read the first as an ARC and had fallen in love with the world and characters Walls had created. I couldn’t wait to get back into the world of Eon.

The second installment picks up right where the first left off and once again you follow Grey and Rune as they come to terms with their new Ventator identity. Since it has been a few years, my memory was a bit cloudy regarding all the previous details, but I found that there were enough little reminders that I was able to pick most of the story-line back up. I feel it is important that writers give readers memory hints, so I appreciated her effort.

I was entertained and appreciated eighty-five percent of the story. I feel like I don’t know Rune as well as I’d like to, and I’m not sure how much I root for her. I find her kind of annoying at times and I am growing tired of her temper tantrums. Additionally, at a certain point the climax and action of the story became drawn out and a bit boring. It felt more like the writer was writing for word count instead of story progression. I feel bad saying this because the rest of the book was completely engaging and enjoyable.

Regardless, I love Beltrane! I was thrilled he played a more dominant role this time. Walls has an imaginative mind and I loved the new characters and landscapes we were introduced to. It was a colorful addition to the series that had a creative edge.

I look forward to continuing the series, and I hope the next installment comes out sooner than the last. This series has potential to be something much bigger and I could see it going on for many more books to come.

If you like portal driven fantasies where you’re in danger of your boss sucking your blood dry, and where heroes come in all shapes and sizes, then I recommend this series.

You can find it on Amazon in multiple formats.

Synopsis: It has been mere days in the world of Eon, where Rune Jenkins, her twin brother Ryker, and their friend Grey have been trapped, fighting for their lives. After discovering the truth of their ancestry, the three are far from home, and far from anything resembling their mundane lives of the past.

While Ryker is still held captive by the eerily beautiful Zio and her goblins, Grey falls into the clutches of Feena, the Fae queen. She begins to drain his soul bit by bit to feed her dark underground garden, and Grey has no hope of escaping on his own.

It is now up to Rune to save Grey, as his precious time slips away inexorably. But the Council has denied her permission to embark on a rescue mission, until she can harness her Venator gifts and prove herself capable of venturing into the Fae queen’s territory. As Rune discovers that promises in Eon are forged with life-or-death consequences, she realizes that she must act quickly, or else be swallowed and Grey along with her by the dangers of Eon.

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