Blog Tour – Venators: Magic Unleased by Devri Walls

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.

Time for my stop on this epic Blog Tour! Venators: Magic Unleased is a fast paced romp of an Urban Fantasy. It has pretty much everything you could want from and Urban Fantasy story too, shapeshifters, vampires, werewolves, succubus, dragons, magicians, fae and people coming into their magical inheritance.

At times especially later in the book the pace was so fast it almost took your breath away. For me I preferred the later half of the book where Rune and Grey were working together and learning what it meant to be Venators.

I found the beginning sections a little frustrating where characters would refuse to hand over information ‘just because’. This definitely improved the further on the book got.

Rune was an interesting character – she frustrated me with her inability to pull away from her abusive twin brother, but I feel there is a lot more character development for Rune to come that we didn’t get to see in this book. The implication that she could be ‘dark’ just because her brother was didn’t sit particularly well with me but it was nice to start seeing her find her own skill set towards the end of the book.

Grey was perhaps the more straightforward of our two Venators, we didn’t really see him develop overly much during the book but I think he was more rounded as a character earlier in the book than Rune was anyway.

Beltran the Shapeshifter was probably my favourite of all those we met. I do like a morally grey character with their own motivations and Beltran was intriguing, I’m sure there are plenty more revelations to come from him in future.

All in all a fast paced, enjoyable fantasy story, I’ll certainly be picking up more Venators books in future – now the set up is done I think this fantasy world has a lot more to offer.

With thanks to The Write Reads for inviting me on the tour and Noly @ Theartsyreader for the awesome banner.