Title: Venators Promised Forged
Author: Devri Walls
Year of Publication: 2019
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Number of Pages: 428
Summary: From Goodreads: “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.”
Review: Thank you, Dave, at The Write Reads for inviting me to be a part of the Ultimate Blog Tour for this amazing book. I received a free kindle copy of this book in exchange for an honest review as part of the blog tour.
When I was asked if I was interested in being part of the blog tour for the second installment of the Venators series, I immediately said yes. I thought the first installment of this series was wonderful, and I knew I was in for a treat as soon as I started reading Promises Forged. I don’t want to say too much about the plot of this book, because I don’t want to spoil the first book for you, but I will say that it picks up right where the first book left off.
I don’t know what I like more about this book, the world that Devri created or the characters. The world is dark, twisted, full of manipulation, hierarchy, customs, and tons of different creatures and species. There is so much world-building, and I loved every minute of it.
The characters are interesting, and they have so many layers and motivations. I loved Rune and Grey’s development, and I especially loved watching Rune grow in confidence and as a Venator. I loved learning more about the council members, finding out what motivates them, and watching them use manipulation to their advantage. I liked finding out a bit more about Zio and Ryker, and I can’t wait to see how that plotline develops later on in the series. Finally, I also absolutely love Beltran, and I hope to see more of him and Rune working together in the rest of the series.
This book was full of action, adventure, and suspense. It was full of twists and turns, epic fight scenes, and it had a handful of tender moments. It kept me on the edge of my seat, and I wanted to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next. I like that the world that Devri created is open, leaving a ton of room for more action-packed adventures in future books.
Overall, this book was fantastic. I highly recommend picking up Magic Unleashed and Promises Forged if you like fantasy books. The world-building and character-development are fantastic, and I can’t wait to see what happens in book three!
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 world-building 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.