Title: Magic Unleashed
Author: Devri Walls
Year of Publication: 2018
Summary: From Goodreads: “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.“
Review: Thank you to The Write Reads for inviting me to be a part of the blog tour for this amazing book.
Magic Unleashed follows Grey and Rune as they get transported to a whole new world full of creatures and species that they thought only existed in books. In this world, they are Venators, a species with super-human abilities and are feared by many. They’ve been brought to this world at the council’s request, and now they’re forced to play a dangerous game of politics that could lead to the end of their existence.
It’s been a long time since I’ve read a fantasy book, but I’m so glad that I signed up for this blog tour because I had a difficult time putting this book down. This book was fast-paced, action-packed, and it was constantly leaving me on the edge of my seat. I loved the world-building and all of the politics and game-playing between the different species.
I loved the two main characters in this book. I loved watching Grey and Rune learn to embrace their abilities and grapple with their fears. I liked how caring Grey is and how much he cared about Rune. I liked how even though he has no reason to help Rune save her brother, he takes steps to support her with this quest. I liked how determined Rune is, and even though she’s terrified and her world is falling apart, she’s willing to play the game. I also loved the chemistry between these characters, and I can’t wait to see how their friendship unfolds in the next book.
Overall, I loved this book. The characters were great, the story was exciting, and I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book.
Rating: 4/5 Stars!
About the Author: Devri Walls is a US and international bestselling author. Having released five novels to date, she specializes in all things fantasy and paranormal. She is best known for her uncanny worldbuilding skills and her intricate storylines, and her ability to present this all in an easy-to-digest voice. Now gearing up for her first national release, Devri is excited to introduce her sixth novel, book one in the Venators series. She loves to engage with her loyal following through social media and online sessions she organizes for her readers. Devri lives in Meridian, Idaho with her husband and two kids. When not writing she can be found teaching voice lessons, reading, cooking or binge-watching whatever show catches her fancy.